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Friday, September 9, 2011
Bill Self says realignment is hypocritical

By Diamond Leung

Kansas is finding itself in an uncertain situation, as the possibility of a Big 12 collapse could leave the school in search of a new conference. Who knows what the future holds for the Jayhawks?

Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger has expressed his disappointment after Oklahoma revealed that it is considering leaving for another conference.

In an interview with 610 Sports Radio, coach Bill Self expressed frustration at the Academic Progress Rate and that the leadership in college sports has allowed realignment fever to dominate the landscape.
"It's hypocritical to think that APR is so important. They're going to start pulling teams out of postseason competition if their APRs aren't certain rates. And there's a direct correlation between making good grades and going to class. And now they’re putting kids in a position where they’re going to miss more class than what they’re already required to miss...

"It's nervous times because the way we know college athletics could change in a real short period of time. It started last year, and then the Big 12 kind of held it together. But this situation could lead to expansion to other leagues, which leads to breakups not only potentially in our league, but the breakups in other leagues because other leagues are going to poach guys out of that league. It's going to be a different time moving forward, and we try to hope like heck we can stay status quo in some respects because I don't see how this benefits the masses at all...

“Let’s call it like it is. The NCAA, the presidents, the organization itself, has every rule change, everything involved based on graduation rate, based on the APR, based on providing more educational opportunities, based on the support services. If you want to play big-time college athletics, there's certain things that schools have to do for the student-athlete. That's all good. But now you have obviously a situation where it begs the thought of hypocrisy in that, 'We want this, we say this, and the rules apply to everybody else, but do they really apply to me?"

Self is raising the issue at a time when the academic standards required to participate in the NCAA tournament have been raised. At the same time, it has been football and television money that have been driving forces in realignment.

Those are the realities of the current situation, which leaves Self scratching his head while one of the nation's most storied basketball program is left twisting in the wind.

(Hat tip: Sports Radio Interviews)