Vol. 46, No. 3 April 2009 .pdf version
Jerardi: Plenty of issues to discuss
Mitch: Demise of newspapers a hot topic
Burwell: Negate networks' special access
Griffin wins Oscar Robertson Trophy
Kansas' Self wins Henry Iba Trophy
Paquette receives Katha Quinn Award
Most Courageous is cancer survivor
Izzo is fitting Good Guy Award winner
Bozich, McCann, Axthelm feted

Kansas' Self wins Rawlings Henry Iba Trophy

Bill Self has been named the winner of the U.S. Basketball Writers A ssociation's Rawlings Henry Iba Award given to the nation's top coach after leading Kansas to the Big 12 Conference regular-season title in what was believed to be a rebuilding year for the defending NCAA champions.


Self lost all five starters from last season's team. A Big 12 preseason coaches poll predicted the Jayhawks to finish in a tie for third with Baylor. Despite fielding his youngest team in six seasons in Lawrence, the Jayhawks finished 14-2 to the Big 12 title and 25-6 overall. They have won or shared five consecutive Big 12 titles.

Self's rotation included only one player scoring leader Sherron Collins who averaged more than 10 minutes during the 2007-08 season. Self also had to rely on two five freshmen, a junior-college transfer who missed half the season and a deep reserve from last season.

Self is a particularly fitting winner of an award named for the man still respectfully referred to as "Mr. Iba." Self is a member of I ba's legendary coaching tree and considers him among his greatest influences. Self played from 1982-85 at Oklahoma State where Iba coached from 1936-70 and was an assistant coach for Eddie Sutton, who played for Iba.

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