With a pair of Kansas teams in the Sweet Sixteen and Missouri on the ropes, it’s time to check in with Brett Mosiman, one of KU’s staunchest supporters and local promoter of Crossroads and Wakarusa fame…
First a little handicapping.
The surprising KU women’s basketball team – its ranks depleted by crippling injuries to frontline stars – faces perennial powerhouse Tennessee Saturday.
"They lose by 30 to Tennessee," Mosiman predicts.
And KU’s mens team tonight against North Carolina State?
"The mens team skates into the Elite Eight against North Carolina."
The $64 million question: Do KU tried and true still hate Carolina coach Roy Williams for leaving them for NC?
"No," Mosiman says. "The vast minority maybe, but the average fan is way over it. It wouldn’t hurt any more to lose at the hands of Roy than it would anybody else. I think by beating him in the Final Four in 2008 the fans got over it. And the day after that when we were in the championship game Roy was very cool about it. He showed up in the stands with a KU sticker on. And he took a lot of shit for that with the Carolina fans and I think that was pretty cool of him. And I think that healed it for KU and he’s doing the same thing this week. He’s saying, ‘If we can’t win it, I want KU to win it."
All of that said, won’t there be a little bit of extra joy in Mudville – I mean Lawrence – if KU can beat NC?
"I don’t think so," Mosiman says. "Not for me. I don’t care who it is we beat."
His take on Missouri’s choking to nobody school Norfolk State… Mosiman get any joy out of that one?
"Oh, yes," he says. "Best day ever for KU fans – that was huge.
"I had MU going to the Final Four and I was shocked because I thought they were for real. But they did have a pretty thin schedule and they were just horribly prepared for the tournament."
As for going forward in the SEC, "If Missouri didn’t go to the Final Four this year, they’re never going," Mosiman says. "For one thing, they’re never going to be able to recruit in the SEC. I think they’re about to go into a dark period."
Meaning Missouri will have a hard time recruiting from the Big 12 because area kids friends and families won’t be able to go see them play anymore for one thing, Mosiman says.
"They left the Big 12 because there’s only one revenue sport, football," Mosiman says. "But there are 13 to 15 other sports and do you know how much it’s going to cost Missouri to take their golf and tennis and softball and volleyball teams to Florida?" Mosiman asks. "Do you know how much it’s going to cost to do that? It’s never going to pay off overall – it was totally shortsighted of them to leave the Big 12."