You're Invited 🚨 The Inaugural Hearings Hangout

Plus why that was Bill Self's first real ejection

In this Hearings newsletter:

  1. Announcing The Inaugural Hearings Hangout 🚨

  2. Bill Self’s First Real Ejection 😲

  3. Mike’s Quick Links 📝

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You’re Invited: The Inaugural Hearings Hangout Presented by Homefield!

It’s my legitimate honor to announce and invite you to the Inaugural KU Hearings Hangout presented by Homefield. For me, this is a homecoming. I can’t wait to meet so many of you in person.

We’ve rented out the legendary Bullwinkles Bar before the Kansas-Texas hoops game on Feb. 24 for subscribers only. All of this is thanks to our sponsor Homefield Apparel — and drinks are on them if you’re wearing Homefield gear or have a recent order receipt (promo code below).

Space is limited. Please only RSVP if you know you’ll be able to attend The Hangout! Subscribers get a plus one to bring as well. If you can’t make it, don’t worry. We’re just getting started with events like this.

The Details

  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 24, before the KU-Texas game (5pm tipoff)

  • Time: 12-4pm

  • Location: Bullwinkles Bar in Lawrence, Kansas

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  • There will be complimentary food and beverages, apparel raffles, exclusive gifts, trivia prizes, and more!

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  • You must RSVP if you plan on making it!

Again, please only RSVP if you plan on being in Lawrence! Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as you know you’ll be there!

Why this was Bill Self’s First Real Ejection 😲

One of my favorite Bill Self facts was that he’d never been ejected from a game at Kansas, which seems… almost impossible. So, Self made history in some ways after he got tossed during the miserable Texas Tech game.

I went back and found the Oklahoman article from Self’s first ejection. It turns out he got booted in 1999 for leaving the coaching box to ask why he got a technical. The story says:

A fiery competitor through hundreds of basketball games as a player at Edmond High and Oklahoma State and a coach at Oral Roberts and Tulsa, Bill Self had never been ejected from a basketball game.

That streak ended last Thursday night at Wyoming.

When Self left the designated coaching box to inquire why official Scott Thornely had given him a technical, Thornely added a second one. That brought an automatic ejection, sending Self to the TU locker room for the final 10:47 of the game.

So, technically, this was the first time Self was ever tossed from a game for something he said to a ref.

And that’s just about the only thing I’m gonna write from the Texas Tech game. Here’s what Self said after the game 👇

  • Vegas set its lines on Big 12 win totals for next season. The Jayhawks have come a long, long way.

  • It’s not just KU. Top-10 college basketball teams are losing at an unprecedented mark on the road this year.

  • A new Could Be Wrong podcast episode is live. We recorded after the Texas Tech game and discussed if the Jayhawks can win a National Title, the Elmarko/Timberlake situation, and well… we vented.

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