Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Can you please tell me where you're getting that Bill Self would've left had Richardson hit that three in the Fianl 4? You make me never want to read one of your articles again. That is ludicrous!
First, Billy, let's fix your ludicrous email (in terms of facts and spelling).
It's Jason Richards, not Richardson.
And it was the Elite Eight, not the Final Four (or even the Fianl 4).
OK, now that we got that straight, let's address your issue -- that I'm being "ludicrous" by suggesting a Richards 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Kansas would've led to Self replacing Sean Sutton at Oklahoma State.
Honest to God, I believe that's true.
Because had Davidson upset Kansas Self would've gone yet another season without a Final Four, this time when one was basically gift-wrapped for him. I mean, not making the Final Four last season would've meant he lost to a double-digit seed from a non-BCS league while a huge favorite, and Kansas fans would've gone insane. They were already questioning Self as a coach (trust me, they used to email me all the time), and I genuinely believe the outrage over a loss to Davidson would've pushed Self to his alma mater, where he would've received the richest contract in history, turned Oklahoma State into a power and made a personal vendetta against Kansas to show Jayhawk fans that their criticism ran off one of the best coaches in the sport.
When Richards missed that shot, everything obviously changed.
Now Self will probably retire from Kansas.
But I don't think it's a stretch to suggest that a Davidson win over Kansas would've caused Kansas fans to go crazy and by extension caused Self to seek refuge at Oklahoma State, and if you polled folks in the industry I think they'd agree. That's why I wrote it, because it's not nearly as "ludicrous" as you think.