“There is not a Missouri fan out there who doesn’t think about this Bill Self thing.”
Jack Harry, referring to MU choosing to hire Duke assistant, Quin Snyder, over Illinois’ head coach, Bill Self in 1999, 810 AM
“This would have been the worst things in the history of Missouri basketball if they would have hired (Bill Self). He would have left!”
Kevin Kietzman, insisting if Mizzou would have hired Self back when they interviewed him and Quin Snyder, Self would have left Missouri once the Kansas job opened up with Coach Roy’s departure, 810 AM
GH: How well does Kevin Kietzman know Missouri basketball history? And he thinks hiring Bill Self would have been the worst thing to happen to the Tigers basketball program? And KK doesn’t understand why he has earned the label a radio shock jock?
“(Kansas) wouldn’t have hired a Missouri coach.”
Todd Leabo, 810 AM
GH: The fantasy scenario of Self taking the MU job back in 1999 is too delicious to not ponder. Would Self have built MU into the juggernaut that is Kansas? Would he have left MU for the KU job once Roy bolted? Would KU turn their crimson noses up at the thought of hiring Missouri’s coach? There is a great 30-for-30 segment here awaiting ESPN’s caressing and cameras.
“If (Mizzou) can’t get up for these last two games, why should they play in the NIT?”
Jack Harry, who said he was criticized by MU fans for tweeting out that if Missouri is invited to the NIT they should decline it, 810 AM
GH: The reason you turn down an NIT invitation is because you feel slighted by the NCAA committee or your program is so awash in basketball greatness that an NIT title would be worthless in your trophy case. Mizzou is not in any position to turn down any postseason bids. Playing in the NIT should be far more attractive to MU than becoming road kill for a top seed in the NCAA’s first round.
“I think he’s wrong. You don’t want to filter your business down to just Kansas fans. He’s just blasting away at Missouri. What kind of a knucklehead business owner is doing that? He’s excluding people! Can you imagine?”
Kevin Kietzman, after the owner of Heyward’s BBQ allegedly posted some inflammatory comments online about Mizzou basketball, 810 AM
“I feel very comfortable in my coverage of college basketball this season. Because I’ve been crapped on by all three local (fans bases).”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: I read a lot of local fans who think Petro is a closet Kansas apologist. I don’t see it. Petro comes off to me as a Syracuse grad who thinks Big 12 basketball is beneath his interest. I don’t think he favors KU or any local team. I don’t think he cares enough to be biased.
“Bob Knight has been enabled by every employer including ESPN. Hoping ESPN’s new management crew finds the stones to end the nonsense.”
Richard Deitsch, @richarddeitsch, as Knight worked the Arkansas win at Kentucky Thursday night, Twitter
GH: Three cheers for Deitsch’s tweet and his willingness to hammer Bob Knight for his dreadful TV work. ESPN has its share of on-air deadweight but Knight’s laziness coupled with his arrogance is beyond any I have encountered. Even banishing him to the SEC is not a deep enough hell for the former Hoosier coach.
“If you’re a guy who is put off by a woman doing (play-by-play or color analyst work) for a game you’re probably a chauvinist pig.”
Bob Fescoe, after criticizing some people on Twitter who made unkind remarks about the work of two women broadcasters doing college basketball recently, 610 AM
GH: Why can’t a woman’s broadcast work be just as rudely critiqued as a man’s? Fescoe jumps to the conclusion that if you don’t like a woman in the broadcast booth, you don’t like her because of her gender. While that may be true, it also just might be true the gal’s no good.
“Interesting how many poll voters cite overall resumes. This time of year, I don’t look at it that way. More where do you stand now.”
Seth Davis, @SethDavisHoops, on his criteria for making the NCAA tournament, Twitter
GH: Davis makes some sense here. Does it really matter as much that Arkansas lost to Mizzou at home a month ago as winning at Kentucky last night? If the Hogs are twice as good now as they were in December, why not reward them with a bid, despite their lousy overall resume?
“(Iowa’s head coach) Fran McCaffery says his overall impressions of social media are negative and that he’d prefer his players keep their focus on Iowa’s upcoming games. He said his players are free to resume tweeting once the season is over.”
Associated Press, after the Iowa coach banned his players from Twitter for the rest of the season
“Are we going to get to a place in the season where college coaches say, ‘That’s it! No more Twitter?’ I think the coaches are right in this decision and I think the coaches are wrong.”
Kevin Kietzman, after Rick Pitino and Iowa’s Fran McCaffery banning their players from Twitter, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman’s rants about Twitter and how it can lead to so much negativity for a player or team reminds me of those who used to call sports talk radio a wasteland. How does allowing 810 and 610 interview players and coaches help Kansas, Kansas State or Missouri? Does it really sell more tickets? Or does it simply increase the probability for a dumb or embarrassing sound bite that can haunt the player or coach for the next decade?
“Marcus Smart is one of the top five players in the country. I don’t care what you say or think of his on-court antics. The guy is a stud.”
Greg Gurley, on the Oklahoma State sophomore, 810 AM
GH: KU and OSU at 8:00 PM on Saturday night in Stillwater. ESPN Gameday will be there to add some juice to this hoops rivalry. This one should be a dandy. BTW, can you imagine you great Smart would have been if he had picked KU over OSU? His aggressive style of play would have made him one of Kansas’ most popular players in the school’s history. Instead, he is one of the most hated. History is funny that way.
“How would you like to be under doctor’s orders to sit and watch basketball?”
Steven St. John, in his opening line for a radio ad promoting vasectomies, 810 AM
GH: You have to hand it to the copy writer who came up with this line of reasoning. I think I’ll stay with sneaking away from my desk for long lunches.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter @greghall24