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Coaches sad to see end of Big 12-Pac-10 series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. » Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was skeptical when the Big 12 and Pac-10 conferences hooked up for the Hardwood Series four years ago.

Now, he’s miffed the series will be discontinued.

"I don’t know why they wouldn’t want to do it," Self said. "It doesn’t make sense to me."

The Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten have a series, and the Big East and Southeastern Conference just agreed to continue their event. "All of a sudden you’re the two remaining BCS conferences that wouldn’t be part of it?" Self said. "That blows my mind."

Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott said earlier this month that the end of the four-year deal is a good time to seek different concepts.

He wants the conference to head into new TV negotiations with options. Also, the Big 12 wanted to continue the series at campus sites, and the Pac-10 appears to be more interested in neutral-site games, possibly with one doubleheader in Los Angeles and another in New York or Chicago. One game remains in this year’s series, Stanford at Oklahoma State on Dec. 21.

 

Kansas frosh to debut

The waiting is finally over for Josh Selby and all those Kansas fans.

The play-making freshman point guard will make his long-awaited debut Saturday when the third-ranked Jayhawks play USC.

Selby insists he holds no bitterness toward the NCAA or the rules that tripped him up while he was being courted by just about every major program.

 

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