Originally posted by phrogger: For Anderson to match what Mangino did in 2007, he would need to get his team to the Final 4. That would get them to the last 4 teams of the tourney which is basically what the football Hawks of '07 did. They were one of the last 4 teams who won a major bowl equivalent to being the last 4 teams (winning regional final). JMO.
I respectfully disagree. Mangino came in 2nd in the Big 12 North. Anderson came in 3rd in the Big 12, draw. KU won the Orange Bowl against V. Tech while Mizzou beat three average teams to win the Big 12 Tournament Title and then two games in the big dance. The BCS is so screwed up it really is hard to compare though. However, both MM and MA took teams with 2 and 3 star talent and took on the big boys which I think we can all agree makes a great season even better.
That being said, I look forward to being the hunter this year in football and not the hunted. The Cornhuskers really think they are heading out of Lawrence with a "W" this year. If KU didn't have TX, TX Tech on the road and OU at home I would say you guys were a lock to win the North this year. My gut feeling is Mizzou and KU both beat Nebraska this fall and the game at Arrowhead will be for the North. I don't know if I can handle it for the 3rd year in a row, tough on the nerves.
I agree with the majority of what you said. Both coaching jobs were great and deserved to be recognized. Virtually any other year MA would win COY. However, Self, IMO, did a better job this year but not by much.
As for the football season...Kansas does have the gauntlet of south teams again this year. I really think that if we can win at TTU we will be in great shape to win the north. I just don't see us winning at UT and the OU game, at this point, I am chalking up as a loss. In my opinion the big game in the north for Kansas is @Colorado. That is a tough place to go play and Hawkins is slowly building out there. Other than that I don't see Kansas losing to Iowa St, K-State, or Nebraska. Kansas should beat Nebraska at home. Then if Kansas goes to Arrowhead at 9-2 I like our chances against Mizzou and 10-2 should be good enough to get the north. However, anything can happen.