So much for KU’s delusions of grandeur…
North Carolina coach Roy Williams just moved to the No. 2 spot behind Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski on active coaches with national championships. Roy won his third in nine Final Fours, with his NC squad beating Gonzaga 71-65 last night.
So how does this make KU’s Bill Self feel and look?
Roy had four trips to the Final Four with Kansas but didn’t win a single one. Self has two in his 14 seasons and won the one in 2008. That said, Self just went into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Now I’ll let you in on a little secret, that one championship granted Bill the love Roy was missing at Kansas with zero championships. However now with three at NC, Williams is in the chips.
I think Williams was more relieved than simply happy…maybe a bit of both.
But man, you can see how this grind has aged the former KU head coach. He’s aged a ton in just the last few seasons.
And now with Williams in his mid 60’s and Self his mid 50’s, you have to wonder. Will Self ever even win another championship?
Based on what we’ve seen thus far it looks like a longer shot than mos peoplet figured after his big win in 2008.
Next year Self will try and break the UCLA record of 13 straight league titles.
It would appear that this lofty goal is what Self may be best remembered for at Kansas.
True, he has many years left to coach, and may still get there with another title – perhaps two – but that seems a million miles away now. Kansas just seems to be a not-so-great team when it comes to the post season.
KU has been a No. 1 seed seven times in 11 seasons with just one win and two Final Fours. So yes, it stings a bit.
Now only time will tell if Self can take Kansas to at least one more national championship. The talent seems to be there nearly every year, but at all slips away at the big dance nearly every year.
Hey, at least KU’s in the hunt every year. Maybe that’s good enough for the wine and cheese KU set.
But let’s give Roy Williams credit, he’s proven to be one of the all-time best…at North Carolina.