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Monday, March 31, 2008

Why I Don't Like Digger Phelps

I'm taking a break from politics with this post because the Kansas Jayhawks are in the Final Four!

Last night on ESPN they were talking about how all the number one seeds made it to the Final Four for the first time in the tournament. They went on to say that three of the programs are the most storied programs in basketball history. Digger Phelps replied, "You've got North Carolina, UCLA and I guess you can include Kansas in that list."

You guess you can include Kansas?? I have always disliked Digger and this cemented the deal. Let me give Digger Phelps a few examples of why Kansas should be included in that list.

1. The inventor of the game, James Naismith, coached at Kansas.

2. Dean Smith (second winningest coach of all time) played at Kansas (grew up in Kansas) under Phog Allen and used what he learned from Phog to build his dynasty at North Carolina (where some guy Roy he taught how to coach is now coaching).

3. Adolph Rupp (the third winningest coach of all time) played at Kansas under Phog Allen and used what he learned from Phog to build his dynasty at Kentucky.

4. Wilt Chamberlain played at Kansas.

5. National Championships in 1922, 1923, 1952, 1988

6. 13 NCAA Final Four Appearances: 1940, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1971, 1974, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2003 and 2008

7. 51 Conference Titles (the most of any school)

Thanks to KU University Relations for some of the specifics.

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