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Memphis gets C.J. Henry; Xavier next?

Posted on: August 26, 2008 6:51 pm

No wonder the Memphis staff has always seemed quietly confident about its chances of landing Xavier Henry.

The Oklahoman reported Tuesday that Xavier's older brother, C.J. Henry, will enroll at Memphis this week and immediately join John Calipari's basketball program. Consequently, it's difficult to imagine the Tigers not adding Xavier -- ranked fourth in the Class of 2009 by -- in the coming months.

For those unfamiliar, the connection dates back two decades.

Calipari was an assistant at Kansas when Carl Henry -- C.J.'s and Xavier's father -- played for the Jayhawks and the Memphis coach has apparently used that connection to help lure C.J. from minor league baseball, where he spent the past four summers bouncing between the farm systems of the Yankees and Phillies after being a first-round draft pick in 2005.

As for his Xavier's future, C.J. insisted he and his brother will make independent decisions.

But this is obviously a sign that Memphis is in great shape with Xavier.

And the presumption is that he'll sign with the Tigers in November.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2008 3:58 pm

Memphis gets C.J. Henry; Xavier next?

I don't have alot of respect for Pearl. I think he is a clown and needs to grow up. He's going to end up getting fired for his behavior off the court.

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2008 3:46 pm

Memphis gets C.J. Henry; Xavier next?

Actually Memphis didn't actively pursue C.J. He could have attended any university and the Yankees were contractually obligated to pay for it. Neither Kansas nor Memphis would have needed to use a scholarship on C.J., so it's strange that neither team actively pursued Henry. In 2005, C.J. was set to join Kansas with Chalmers, Rush and company but decided to play baseball. If he doesn't win a championship with Memphis, he may regret that decision. On, Henry is listed as a 3 star recruit, but from what I've read he should be able to move into the starting lineup and help get Memphis back to the Final 4 this season. They should have some talent but I wouldn't expect anything more than a solid backup after being away from the game for 3 years. If he can beat Willie Kemp out of the starting position, it should help Memphis go deep into the tournament, but I don't think Tiger fans should have any sort of high expectations from Henry. If they get the same sort of spark off the bench that Andre Allen gave the Tigers last season, then the fans should be thrilled.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2008 3:23 pm

Memphis gets C.J. Henry; Xavier next?

Hey, Gary...careful with the presumption! That word is really sinisterly similar to assume and you have be real careful that it doesn't make an A**-out-of-U-and-ME.

Question: Are you using presumption with the meaning that you have the audacity to make the assertion, or that it is an assumption based on the previous statements, or both?

Keep having fun~! 

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2008 3:14 pm

Memphis gets C.J. Henry; Xavier next?

RJP11 must be a tn fan...Pearl has not earned the right to even be mentioned in the same breath as Self and Calipari. See below from wikipedia:

Bruce Pearl Coaching career

Before coming to Tennessee, Pearl was the head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and, prior to that, at the University of Southern Indiana, where he won a Division II national championship. He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa under then-head coach Tom Davis. He has quickly helped turn the Tennessee program around, leading it to one of its best seasons in many years. Among his accolades, Pearl is the second-fastest NCAA coach to reach 300 victories, needing only 382 games to reach the mark (Roy Williams, the current coach at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, needed 370 games at the University of Kansas to reach the milestone). It should be noted, however, that all Williams' victories came at the Division I level, whereas a portion of Pearl's victories came in Division II and contributed to his rise to the Division I ranks.


The Pearl/Thomas incident

During the 1988-1989 basketball season, Pearl, then an assistant coach at the University of Iowa, was at the center of a recruiting scandal involving the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Both Illinois and Iowa were recruiting Deon Thomas, a top high school player from Chicago. Pearl lost this recruiting battle when Thomas committed to Illinois. Thereafter, Pearl called the high school student and recorded a phone conversation with Thomas. During the conversation, Pearl asked Thomas if he had been offered an SUV and cash by Illinois assistant coach Jimmy Collins, and Thomas indicated he had. Pearl then turned over copies of the tapes to the NCAA, accompanied by a memo describing the events. However, Pearl refused to turn over the original tapes to the NCAA. The tapes had numerous clicks and missing portions and were alleged by the NCAA to have been edited. During the subsequent NCAA investigation, Thomas denied the allegations and said the story was false and was verified through a lie detector test. The NCAA did not find Illinois guilty of any wrongdoing relating to Thomas' recruitment, finding that the proof provided was not "credible, persuasive and of a kind on which reasonably prudent persons rely in the conduct of serious affairs."[2] However, the investigation uncovered other violations, and Illinois was punished due to a finding of "lack of institutional control" based in part on previous infractions involving Illinois' football program. The event led to a "blackballing" by many coaches in D-I, and even led ESPN commentator Dick Vitale to call Pearl's actions "career suicide" during a telecast.

When Pearl and Collins were both head coaches for four years in the Horizon League, the two men never engaged in the traditional postgame handshake, reportedly due to lingering feelings over the incident. When Thomas was asked about forgiving Bruce Pearl in a 2005 interview, he was quoted as saying "It's hard to forgive a snake". Thomas went on to play basketball at the University of Illinois, becoming its all time leading scorer.

It should be noted that the state of Iowa is a "one party consent" state, wherein it is legal for an individual to record a telephone conversation to which that individual is a party. See, Iowa Code Section 727.8 (2007).


Success at Southern Indiana

Pearl picked up a Screaming Eagles team at USI in 1992 that had won just 10 games in the previous season. Pearl posted a 22-7 record in his first season and led the Eagles to nine straight NCAA D-II tournaments in addition to winning four Great Lakes Valley Conference titles. In 1994, USI finished with a 28-4 record en route to a loss in the D-II championship game; in 1995, the Eagles won 29 games and claimed the D-II championship. Pearl was named the NABC Division II coach of the year after his national championship. He left USI with a 231-46 record over nine years.


"Sweet" success at UW-Milwaukee

Pearl took over as head coach of UW-Milwaukee in 2001. In just four seasons, he compiled 86 wins (including a school-record 26 in 2005 and a new Horizon League record for winning percentage) and led UW-Milwaukee to their first NCAA tournament appearances in 2003 and 2005. Pearl led UW-Milwaukee to the Horizon League tournament title in both of those years. He also led the school to its first ever NIT bid, as well as its first-ever NCAA D-I postseason victory, in 2004. UW-Milwaukee's 2005 NCAA Tournament run capped the best season in school history, as the Panthers won both the regular season and conference tournament titles, defeating rival Butler University in the championship game. Utilizing an intense full-court press (labeled the "UWM Press"), the Panthers scored two upsets in three days over University of Alabama and Boston College en route to the Sweet Sixteen, where they fell to eventual national runner-up University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Panthers finished their season 26-6 and were ranked in the coaches poll at the end of the season for the first time ever (#23). Pearl left UW-Milwaukee after the 2005 season, his fourth, as the Horizon League's leader in all-time winning percentage (51-13, 79.7%).


Moving on to Tennessee

On March 28, 2005, Pearl was named as the new head coach at Tennessee, succeeding Buzz Peterson. He got off to a rocky start when Jamont Gordon and Tyler Smith, two highly-rated in-state recruits, one of whom (Smith) had signed with the Vols under Peterson, decided not to attend Tennessee. Gordon went to conference rival Mississippi State. Smith opted for a season of prep school before heading to Iowa, though later transferred to Tennessee and became a starter.[3] Pearl stirred up more controversy when he released Matthew Dotson from his scholarship.

Expectations were low for the Vols in Pearl's first season. Having lost their two leading scorers from a team that had been just 14-17 the previous season, Tennessee was picked to finish fifth in the six-team Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. However, the season started off well, and Tennessee entered the national rankings in December, when it routed then No. 2-ranked Texas, 95-78.

The Vols went on to lead the SEC East for virtually the entire season, with other highlights being a win over Kentucky at Rupp Arena and two wins over eventual national champion Florida. But after entering the AP Top 10 in February, the team lost six of its last nine games and dropped to a ranking of 18th. Although Tennessee won the SEC East, it was upset in the second round of both the SEC and NCAA Tournaments, the latter as a No. 2 seed. The team's 22-8 record was one of the best in school history. Following the season, Pearl drew accolades from national recruiting services for signing one of the nation's best recruiting classes, featuring three top-50 recruits in Duke Crews, Wayne Chism and Ramar Smith. [4]

On January 22, 2007, Pearl attended a Lady Vols game in Knoxville, shirtless. He had his upper body painted orange and spelled out "V-O-L-S" with a few of his players (Pearl was the "V"). Pearl stood in front of the student section and cheered for the Lady Vols as they came out. Pearl's actions brought national media attention to the Tennessee program and highlighted efforts to support women's collegiate athletics. Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt returned the favor on February 27, 2007, by coming out as a cheerleader, complete with uniform, and rallying fans. The seventh-largest crowd in school history also witnessed Pearl's squad rout the then No. 4-ranked and defending National Champion Florida Gators.

Pearl's team went on to finish tied for second in the SEC East with Vanderbilt, earning a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Vols crushed Long Beach State by 35 points in the first round, then rallied to upset Virginia to reach Pearl's second Sweet 16. The Vols were defeated in the next round by the nation's top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, losing by a point though the Volunteers lead the majority of the game. Tennessee's 24 wins were then ranked third in the program's history. Pearl was rumored as a candidate for the head coaching position at Iowa, but indicated on March 27, 2007, that he was not interested in leaving Tennessee. [5]

On February 23, 2008, Pearl led the second-ranked Vols into in-state, undefeated rival Memphis to play the #1 ranked Tigers. After a back and forth, emotionally heated contest, Tennessee defeated Memphis 66-62, handing the opponent its first loss of the season and its first home loss in 47 games. The win also cemented UT with a #1 rank the following week. The rank became the first time the school was ranked #1 in the country. However, three days later, the #1 Vols were upset by the Vanderbilt Commodores 72-69.

On March 5, 2008, Pearl defeated the Florida Gators 89-86 to claim Tennessee's first outright SEC Regular Season Championship in 41 years. On March 16, 2008 Tennessee was chosen as a #2 seed in the East region of the 2008 NCAA basketball tournament. Bruce Pearl advanced the Volunteers to the quarterfinals (Sweet 16) of the East Regional. They ended their season losing to the Louisville Cardinals by a score of 79-60.


Career Record

Career record

School Season Wins Losses Postseason

Southern Indiana

1992-93 22 7 NCAA Division II Runner-up

Southern Indiana 1993-94 28 4 NCAA Division II Runner-up

Southern Indiana 1994-95 29 4 NCAA Division II Champions

Southern Indiana 1995-96 25 4 NCAA D-II Sweet 16

Southern Indiana 1996-97 23 5 NCAA D-II First Round

Southern Indiana 1997-98 27 6 NCAA D-II Sweet 16

Southern Indiana 1998-99 26 6 NCAA D-II Sweet 16

Southern Indiana 1999-00 25 6 NCAA D-II Sweet 16

Southern Indiana 2000-01 26 4 NCAA D-II First Round


2001-02 16 13 None

UW-Milwaukee 2002-03 24 8 NCAA First Round

UW-Milwaukee 2003-04 20 11 NIT Second Round

UW-Milwaukee 2004-05 26 6 NCAA Sweet 16


2005-06 22 8 NCAA Second Round

Tennessee 2006-07 24 11 NCAA Sweet 16

Tennessee 2007-08 31 5 NCAA Sweet 16

Career Totals 385 108

John Calipari Coaching career

In his first 16 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Calipari's record is 412-136 (.752). His record in the month of March is 86-30 (.741). His record in the NCAA tournament is 23-10 (.697) and in the NIT is 15-5 (.750). His teams have made ten NCAA tournament appearances, including reaching the Sweet Sixteen six times, the Elite Eight five times, the Final Four two times, and the championship game one time. He has coached five teams to the NIT, winning the NIT championship at Memphis in 2002. He is one of only three coaches in NCAA Division I history to direct two different schools to a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament; North Carolina coach Roy Williams and Kansas coach Bill Self are the others.

Through 16 collegiate seasons, only Roy Williams has won more games than Calipari.[1] He hit the 300-win mark on February 9, 2005 when his Tigers upset No. 9 Louisville 85-68 in Freedom Hall. He hit the 400-win mark on February 20, 2008 with a 97-71 victory over Tulane University.


University of Massachusetts

From 1988-96 at UMass, Calipari led the Minutemen program to a number of conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances, including periods where the program was ranked first nationally. He finished with a 193-71 record overall, with a 91-41 record in Atlantic 10 conference games. Calipari was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 1992, 1993, and 1996. He was also named the Naismith & Sporting News National Coach of the Year in 1996. He led UMass to its first-ever appearance in the Final Four with the play of the John R. Wooden Award winner and Naismith College Player of the Year Marcus Camby.

Calipari helped accelerate the construction of the Mullins Center, UMass' basketball and hockey facility. He also reached out to eastern Massachusetts and Boston to enlarge the fan base. Before moving on to the New Jersey Nets, Calipari became the second winningest coach in UMass history behind Jack Leaman.[2]


New Jersey Nets

In an effort to start anew for the 1996-97 season, John Calipari replaced Butch Beard as head coach of the New Jersey Nets. Kerry Kittles was selected in the 1996 NBA Draft and midway through the 1996-97 season, the team traded for Sam Cassell. After a 26-56 win-loss season, the Nets made a major draft-day trade in June 1997, acquiring Keith Van Horn, Lucious Harris and two other players for Tim Thomas. The only player from the early 1990s that the Nets retained was Jayson Williams, who was developing into a rebounding specialist.

The 1997-98 season was a lone bright spot for the Nets in the late 1990s. The team played well under Calipari, winning 43 games and qualifying for the playoffs on the last day of the season. The Nets were seeded eighth in the Eastern Conference and lost to the Chicago Bulls in the 1998 playoffs in three straight games. The Nets played well and came close to taking the first two games.

The 1998-99 season was delayed for three months due to an owners' lockout of the players. When the abbreviated 50-game season began, the Nets were a fashionable choice by experts as a surprise team. However, Cassell was injured in the first game and the team started poorly. With the Nets underachieving at 3-15, the Nets traded Cassell to the Milwaukee Bucks, while the Nets acquired Stephon Marbury from the Minnesota Timberwolves. After two more losses, Calipari was fired as head coach with the team at 3-17.


University of Memphis

Calipari directing his players during an away game against Conference USA rival University of Houston in January 2007.

In Calipari's first eight years as head coach at Memphis, he won 219 games, posted eight consecutive 20-win seasons (including three consecutive 30-win seasons) and earned eight consecutive postseason bids. His 2007-2008 team's 38 victories set a new NCAA Division I Men's Basketball record for most victories in a season. Calipari's 219 victories and 27.375 wins per year are the most by a Tiger coach in his first eight seasons. The eight consecutive 20-win seasons are the most for the Tigers since 1981-89 and the eight consecutive postseason appearances are the most in school history. He was named Conference USA Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2008.

Calipari has been largely credited with not only revitalizing the Memphis program, but also re-energizing the city's love affair with Memphis Tigers basketball. He has built a national program by recruiting blue chip players from all across the country, such as Derrick Rose from Chicago (IL), Shawne Williams from Memphis (TN), Darius Washington Jr. from Orlando (FL), Tyreke Evans from Aston (PA), and Dajuan Wagner from Camden (NJ).

At Memphis, Calipari has popularized the Memphis Attack offense that was invented by former Pepperdine basketball coach, Vance Walberg. [3] [4] [5]

On January 21, 2008, Calipari led the Tigers to the #1 ranking in the AP Poll for the second time in school history. Calipari won his 200th game as the Memphis head coach on Saturday, January 26, 2008 with an 81-73 victory over the Gonzaga Bulldogs, reaching that milestone faster than any Tiger mentor.

With a 94-56 victory over the UAB Blazers on March 8, 2008, Calipari became the second coach in NCAA history (Adolph Rupp of the Kentucky Wildcats was the first) to win 30 or more games three seasons in a row. During the 2005-08 seasons, the Memphis Tigers won a combined 104 games, tying the 1996-98 Kentucky Wildcats with an NCAA Division I Men's Basketball record for the most victories over three consecutive seasons.

In 2006 and 2008, Memphis earned a #1 seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. In 2008, Calipari's Tigers advanced to the national championship game, their first under his leadership. His team, however, would lose to the Kansas Jayhawks 75–68 in overtime. After the tournament, he was named Naismith College Coach of the Year, receiving the honor the second time.[6]


College coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason

UMass Minutemen (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1988–1996)

1988-89 UMass 10-18 5-13 8th

1989-90 UMass 17-14 10-8 6th NIT 1st Round

1990-91 UMass 20-13 10-8 T-3rd NIT 4th Place

1991-92† UMass 30-5 13-3 1st NCAA Sweet 16

1992-93† UMass 24-7 11-3 1st NCAA 2nd Round

1993-94† UMass 28-7 14-2 1st NCAA 2nd Round

1994-95† UMass 29-5 13-3 1st NCAA Elite Eight

1995-96† UMass 35-2 15-1 1st NCAA Final Four

UMass: 193-71 91-41 † Also won conference tournament

Memphis Tigers (Conference USA) (2000–2008)

2000-01 Memphis 21-15 10-6 2nd (National) NIT Third Place

2001-02 Memphis 27-9 12-4 1st (National) NIT Champions

2002-03 Memphis 23-7 13-3 1st (National) NCAA 1st Round

2003-04 Memphis 22-8 12-4 T-1st NCAA 2nd Round

2004-05 Memphis 22-16 9-7 T-6th NIT Semifinals

2005-06† Memphis 33-4 13-1 1st NCAA Elite Eight

2006-07† Memphis 33-4 16-0 1st NCAA Elite Eight

2007-08† Memphis 38-2 16-0 1st NCAA Runner-up

Memphis: 219-65 101-25 † Also won conference tournament

Total: 412-136

Bill Self Coaching History

Early coaching jobs

After a successful playing career as Oklahoma High School Basketball Player of the Year in 1981 at Edmond High School and then playing for Paul Hansen's Oklahoma State Cowboys, Self joined Larry Brown's coaching staff at the University of Kansas, replacing the position vacated by John Calipari when he accepted an Assistant Coach position at the University of Pittsburgh. Self remained at Kansas as an Assistant Coach through the 1985-1986 seasons. Between 1986 and 1993, Self was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State University under Leonard Hamilton, then Eddie Sutton.

Oral Roberts

After Oral Roberts University, in the 1992-1993 season, compiled the worst record in its history, 5-22, Self was hired as head coach of ORU. In his first season at ORU, the team managed just six victories. Things improved slightly the following year when ORU won ten games. In Self's third season at the helm, he guided the Golden Eagles to an 18-9 record. And in his fourth season (1996-1997), ORU registered a 21-7 record as the school made its first post season tournament appearance since 1983-1984 in the National Invitation Tournament.


After rebuilding the Golden Eagles, Self was hired by crosstown rival the University of Tulsa and spent three seasons (1998 to 2000) there, compiling a Tulsa-best 74-27 record. While at TU, he coached the Hurricane to two NCAA tournament appearances in 1999 and 2000. In 2000, TU went 32-5, setting a school single-season record for victories, as well as coaching the Golden Hurricane to their first-ever Elite Eight appearance.


After his success at Tulsa, The University of Illinois picked Self from a list of numerous candidates to succeed Lon Kruger, who moved on to the NBA to coach the Atlanta Hawks. In 2001, his first season at Illinois, Self took over an immensely talented team, and coached his new Fighting Illini squad to a 27-8 record, a share of the Big Ten title, and a number 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Self and star guards Sergio McClain and Corey Bradford along with center Brian Cook led the Illini to the Elite Eight where they met and fell to eventual finalists Arizona in a much disputed contest. The Illini were accused of being overly physical, especially McClain and pesky guard Lucas Johnson (younger brother of former Illini forward Brian Johnson). The '01 Illini team also included future NBA players Frankie Williams and Robert Archibald. With mostly the same core, Illinois followed up the seaon with impressive 2002 and 2003 campaigns, but fell in the sweet 16 in 2002 and the second round in 2003.

After the 2003 season, Roy Williams left the University of Kansas to take his “dream job” at the University of North Carolina. This left a vacancy at KU and many speculated that Self would take what was thought to be his own "dream job" with the Jayhawks. In an interview with Terry Boers on Chicago-based WSCR, the Illini radio network at the time, Self said that he was happy at Illinois [1]and had no plans to leave. Despite these statements, Self left for Kansas just a few days later. [2]

Self was largely responsible for the recruitment of the 2005 Fighting Illini team which won the Big Ten title and finished with a 37-2 record after falling to the Roy Williams coached Tar Heels 75-70 in the NCAA championship game under Bruce Weber, who replaced Self prior to the 2004 season. Self's recruits on that team that included four eventual NBA draft picks, Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams, Dee Brown, Luther Head and James Augustine. Self also secured a verbal commitment from forward Charlie Villanueva, who was a projected to be a 1st round pick in the NBA draft out of High School. After Self left for Kansas, however, Villanueva withdrew his commitment to Illinois, opting to attend the University of Connecticut instead. [3] Due to this defection, Self was vilified in the Illinois media for some time.

In Self's three seasons in Illinois, he led the Fighting Illini to two Big Ten regular-season championships, a Big Ten Tournament title, and three straight NCAA tournament appearances, compiling a record of 78-24 in that span.


In his first season at Kansas, Self led his new Kansas team to the Elite Eight at the NCAA tournament. There they took Georgia Tech to overtime before falling to the Yellow Jackets, finishing his first season at Kansas within 8 points of a Final Four appearance.

Big things were expected of KU in 2004-05, and they began the season #1 and started off 20-1, but then they slumped and lost six of their final nine games, including a loss to Bucknell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The team finished 23-7 and settled for a Big 12 co-championship with Oklahoma.

In 2005-06, little was expected of the freshman/sophomore dominated Jayhawks, and they began the season 10-6, including 1-2 in the Big 12. Although they did post a 73-46 win over Kentucky, they also saw the end of their 31-game winning streak over rival Kansas State with a 59-55 loss at Allen Fieldhouse, and two nights later blew a seven point lead in the final 45 seconds of regulation en route to a 89-86 overtime loss at Missouri. But afterward, the Jayhawks matured rapidly, winning 15 of their final 17 games. They picked up impressive road wins over Texas A&M (83-73), Iowa State (95-85), Nebraska (69-48), and Oklahoma State (64-49). They mounted a monumental comeback victory over Oklahoma (59-58) after falling behind by as many as 16 in the second half, and avenged their loss to Missouri with a 79-46 victory over the Tigers in Lawrence. KU did stumble against Texas, taking an 80-55 beating, but they won their final two Big 12 games over Colorado and at Kansas State (avenging the earlier loss at home), and taking advantage of a Texas loss to Texas A&M to force a tie for the Big 12 title at 13-3. KU played as the #2 seed in the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas, and avenged the loss to Texas with a 80-68 victory over the Longhorns in the final to clinch the Tournament championship and the highlight win of the season. KU was handed a #4 seed for the NCAA Tournament but stumbled again in the first round with a loss to the Bradley Braves.

Prior to the 2006-07 season, Self was 72-24 (.750) in three seasons at KU and 279-129 (.683) in 13 seasons overall and 13-8 in NCAA tourney play. On February 10, 2007, Self recorded his 300th career win in a 92-74 victory at Missouri. Self did lead Kansas to the 2007 Big 12 regular season championship with a 14-2 record, highlighted by beating the Kevin Durant-led Texas Longhorns in monumental come-from-behind victories in the last game of the regular season and in the Big 12 Championship game. Thus, in his first four seasons at KU he has won the conference title three times. At the end of the regular season, Kansas stood at 27-4 and ranked #2 in the nation in both the AP and Coaches' polls. In the NCAA Tournament, Self's Jayhawks received a number 1 seed, and advanced to Self's fourth career Elite Eight, with the team garnering commanding wins over 16-seed Niagara and 8-seed Kentucky, as well as a tough-fought victory over the 4th-seeded Southern Illinois Salukis. Kansas's tournament run ended in the Elite Eight with a loss to 2-seed UCLA.

In the 2007-2008 season, Self's Kansas team began the season 20-0 until they suffered their first loss at Kansas State. The Jayhawks won the Big 12 regular season title and the Big 12 conference tourney. They received a number one seeding in NCAA Tournament in the MidWest division. On March 30, 2008, Self lead Kansas to a win in an Elite Eight game over upstart Davidson College. KU won by two, 59-57. The Jayhawks played overall number 1 tournament seed North Carolina in the semifinals, defeating them 84-66. They then triumphed over Memphis to claim the national title in a 75-68 overtime victory in the NCAA Championship Game on April 7, 2008.

Self is one of two active coaches who have led three different teams to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament (Rick Pitino is the other). During his first few seasons at Kansas, he has also persuaded several McDonald's All-Americans to become Jayhawks including Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush, Julian Wright, Micah Downs (who later transferred to Gonzaga), Sherron Collins, Darrell Arthur, and Cole Aldrich.

In August 2008, Self signed a new 10-year $30 million contract, which will pay him $3 million annually. This made him the second highest paid coach in college basketball at the time, following Florida's Billy Donovan.[1]

Assists Foundation

In June 2006, Self and his wife, Cindy, established the Assists Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization to serve as a fundraising conduit for organizations that serve a variety of youth initiatives. The mission of Assists is to help provide young people access to better lives. This is accomplished by identifying areas of need and working with other community-based institutions to provide creative and lasting solutions

Assists held it's first public fundraiser June 7, 2008-Bill's Basketball Boogie ( at Kansas Speedway. Over fifty local businesses and Kansas supporters signed on to sponsor the event which offered opportunities to socialize with past and present Kansas basketball elite and to purchase valuable basketball memorabilia and travel and entertainment venues through the auction. Entertainment was provided by Sawyer Brown and Disco Dick.

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason

Oral Roberts (Independent) (1993–1997)

1993–1994 Oral Roberts 6-21

1994–1995 Oral Roberts 10-17

1995–1996 Oral Roberts 18-9

1996–1997 Oral Roberts 21-7 NIT 1st Round

Oral Roberts: 55-54 (.505)

Tulsa (Western Athletic Conference) (1997–2000)

1997–1998 Tulsa 19-12 9-5 3rd (Pacific)

1998–1999 Tulsa 23-10 9-5 T-1st (Mountain) NCAA 2nd Round

1999–2000 Tulsa 32-5 12-2 1st NCAA Elite Eight

Tulsa: 74-27 (.733) 30-12

Illinois (Big Ten Conference) (2000–2003)

2000–2001 Illinois 27-8 13-3 T-1st NCAA Elite Eight

2001–2002 Illinois 26-9 11-5 T-1st NCAA Sweet 16

2002–2003 Illinois 25-7 11-5 2nd NCAA 2nd Round

Illinois: 78-24 (.765) 35-13

Kansas (Big 12 Conference) (2003–present)

2003–2004 Kansas 24-9 12-4 2nd NCAA Elite Eight

2004–2005 Kansas 23-7 12-4 T-1st NCAA 1st Round

2005–2006 Kansas 25-8 13-3 T-1st NCAA 1st Round

2006–2007 Kansas 33-5 14-2 1st NCAA Elite Eight

2007–2008 Kansas 37-3 13-3 T-1st NCAA Champions

Kansas: 142-32 (.816) 64-16

Total: 349-137 (.718)

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2008 2:55 pm

Memphis gets C.J. Henry; Xavier next?

Reply to DCN88

CJ can play. Interesting how PaperClip adds to his roster. CJ will be a walk-on, scholarship paid by the Yankees. So Calimari gets a good player, and an in on a super prospect (Xavier) and it doesn't even cost him a scholarship! 

I think having a younger brother that is an even better player didn't hurt his ability to sign with Memphis, CJ probably won't be one and done, so he would likely be around next year if his brother chooses Memphis.

The closest parallel that comes to mind is at OU, where Taylor Griffin, who will be a senior, got a scholarship and his brother Blake, who is a sophomore (the better talent) followed.

Perhaps one reason CJ didn't choose KU was that KU is loaded at guard and small forward. Being older, he also probably prefers the Memphis metro better than the megalopolis (not) of Lawrence, KS.

While I think this COULD help Memphis land Xavier, I still think KU will have a chance to land him. I hope so anyway, because even if he is one and done, he could come in and help... like Brandon Rush did. Remember, a lot of people thought KU didn't have a chance with Brandon because one of his brothers had played at Black and Blue, I mean the Black and Gold school which has such a mutual antipathy with KU, and hey he stayed at KU for not one but three years.


PS...  Yes I know his name is Calipari, but hey I'm have'n fun!

Hat's off to him, he is a really good salesman, I just always see this oily slick persona and reach for the shampoo. I feel like I've just went ten rounds with a used car salesman. Oh, did I mention I was a KU fan?

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2008 2:50 pm

Memphis gets C.J. Henry; Xavier next?

from a jayhawks point of view, i say let the one done's go play where they can put up big numbers and go lottery.  We dont need them.  Its not Self's style to take a player who will most likely refuse to buy into a team concept.  What Bill Self has shown is his exceptional ability to recruit players that fill the holes and complete the team.  In 2009 - 2010 the Jayhawks will not need a leader, they will already have them.    

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2008 2:05 pm

This post was in response to ilove2golf0


Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2008 2:03 pm

Memphis gets C.J. Henry; Xavier next?

Except on an actual court where Don Calamari isn't Self or Pearl's equal ... (see results to actual games). 

So long as it's just good old-fashioned greasy ol'boy networking you're referring to exclusively, Cal is of course extremely formidable due to his willingness to flop down in the slop with any & all talent brokers.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2008 1:06 pm

Memphis gets C.J. Henry; Xavier next?

CJ Henry will not cost the Tigers a scholarship, the way I understand it. He worked it into his baseball contract that whoever he played for had to pay for him to attend 4 years of college. So he is essentially a risk free player. He comes in, maybe makes a contribution, does not cost you a recruit, and probably gets his little bro to join him there next year.

Some of us at KU were hoping he would come to Lawrence with that package, but it would seem as though they might feel like they will get a better chance of playing for their one or two years at Memphis.

That makes sense given how loaded Kansas will be in the next few years. And, of course, their Father has a connection to JC, who was at KU back in the day.

Sure wish Carl could control him family...**grin**


Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2008 1:00 pm

Memphis gets C.J. Henry; Xavier next?

C.J. was considering Kansas also but selected Memphis.  Believe me Self would have signed him in a heart beat.

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