Mar 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self (right) and guard Travis Releford (24) celebrate after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 64-62 in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men

National Championship: Is Bill Self prepared?

According to the front page poll on ESPN.com, 64% of the nearly 5,000 voters think that John Calipari has his squad more prepared than Bill Self does Kansas in the National Championship.

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Anyway, that just seems preposterous since, as the front page article on the site says, Coach Cal is the “best” coach who hasn’t won a championship yet. He’s great, but you’re telling me that he has his team more prepared than Bill Self? In a landslide? So, uh, who won in the title game the last time these two teams played and who made the gaffe that pretty much costed their team the game? It sure as hell wasn’t Bill Self.

And honestly, Calipari bags all the recruits and is a fine coach, but Bill Self wasn’t the Coach of the Year for no reason. No coach does a better job of getting more out of his players than Self, and he’s arguably the best basketball coach in both the pros and college. He actually is. Think about it; a college coach is more valuable than an NBA coach, because you have to recruit, develop players, and you have much more of an impact on a kid than a pro. Pretty simple concepts to grasp. So doesn’t that mean that the best coach (in terms of pure coaching ability, recruiting ability excluded) is the best coach overall? Yes.

What Bill Self had to do this season was insane, because he had just one returning starter from last season, and Kansas was a barely-there team as late as early winter. So what do you guys think about the jobs both coaches have done this offseason? Hash it out in the comments section.

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