So why did Kansas men’s basketball Bill Self react, some would suggest overreact, to Brannen Greene’s last-second dunk in the Jayhawks’ 18-point victory over Kansas State on Wednesday?
Self, on his postgame radio show, used an expletive to describe Greene’s decision to dunk and apologized to Kansas State. Self opened his postgame news conference with another apology and called Greene’s decision “classless.”
Friday, Self explained his reaction.
“I’m an emotional guy, and I was so upset after the game because that goes against everything I believe in, and everything this university believes in, from a sportsmanship-type topic,” Self said. “That just doesn’t happen.
“We talk about how we don’t rush the court, we talk about how much pride we have that the inventor of the game (James Naismith) was our first coach, and how much history is here and how much history has spawned from the University of Kansas.
“We win the national championship and we don’t celebrate but for a brief moment because they had too much respect for the situation and got back in the handshake line. Those are things we talk about every, if not every day, weekly or monthly. That’s just the fabric of how we’ve done things.
“So to have somebody totally go against the grain in that, it certainly didn’t set well with me, nor with our teammates.
“It’s over. … That’s not the way we want to conduct ourselves. But it’s also a youngster who didn’t make a very good decision. … It’s forgotten. I don’t think we’ll have to address it again.”
Self said that Greene will be in uniform for Saturday’s game at TCU.