In honor of the 60th anniversary of Phog Allen Fieldhouse (did you think it was older?), Kansas is bringing back some of the biggest names in program history. All of them coaches.
The school will celebrate 60 years of Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk at Phog Allen on Oct. 27. Those in attendance will all be under the same Fieldhouse roof for the first time ever. Former Kansas coaches Ted Owens, Larry Brown and Roy Williams will join Bill Self and be part of the celebration.
"The renowned foursome, who combined have guided the Jayhawks over the last 50 years, will enjoy a night of reliving their favorite Allen Fieldhouse memories," per Kansas' press release. "KU Athletics and Self's Assists Foundation are teaming up to provide a one of a kind evening, the proceeds of which will benefit charities designated by the four coaches."
Self is entering his 12th season at KU. He's gone 175-9 at home, which is just nutty. There are the 10 straight Big 12 regular-season titles, too, a feat I don't think I'll see duplicated at any conference level for the rest of my life.
Roy Williams coached at KU for 15 years and went 418-101.
"The tradition of Kansas basketball is a tradition of success and Allen Fieldhouse has been a great part of that," Williams said. "The Jayhawk faithful make it almost impossible for the opponents every night. Coaching in that arena is a real treat and I loved it. I'm ecstatic to be part of this anniversary celebration."
Brown gave Kansas its first NCAA Tournament title, in 1988. He coached there from 1983-88. He's the only coach in history to win a title at the college and pro level in basketball.
And Owens? Though many outside of Kansas might not know him, he actually coached the Jayhawks for 19 years, succeeding Dick Harp. Owens went 348-182 and made two Final Fours.
Allen Fieldhouse is one of those arena relics in that there's nothing like it, and its mere presence enhances to aura of KU hoops. It also helps college basketball's identity in that there are only a handful or venues with truly special history and terrific, never-a-letdown experiences. This one of them. Sixty years strong and you know it's great because it always feels like the best is still yet to come.