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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self to headline tip-off reception

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kansas head basketball coach Bill Self and his team yell during the second half of an NCAA second-round college basketball game against Northern Iowa, Saturday, March 20, 2010, in Oklahoma City. Northern Iowa upset top overall seed Kansas 69-67.
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A major fundraiser for the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program will be headlined by a national championship coach.

Kansas coach Bill Self will serve as the guest of honor and featured speaker at Southeast's season tip-off reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

"We are extremely excited about this event to tip off the 2010-11 basketball season," Southeast coach Dickey Nutt said. "Having a national champion coach the caliber of Bill Self be a part of this event is truly special.

"We are looking forward to a great evening and hope all Redhawk fans can join us."

Self, coach at Kansas the past seven years and a college coach for 17 seasons, has won more than 400 career games, led his teams to 12 NCAA tournament appearances and won or shared nine conference championships, including the last six Big 12 titles.

Self led Kansas to the 2008-09 NCAA title when the Jayhawks beat Memphis in overtime.

Nutt and Self, both Oklahoma State graduates, were on the same coaching staff at that school in the 1980s. Nutt said they have remained close friends ever since.

Tickets are $125 per person and can be ordered by calling the Southeast athletics ticket office at 651-2113 or 1-866-736-6845. Ticket availability is limited.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Southeast men's basketball program.

The reception will cap off a full day of basketball activity Oct. 7 as Southeast also will hold a coaching clinic that had been announced previously.

Self, Saint Louis University assistant Porter Moser and former Scott County Central High School coach Ronnie Cookson will be the keynote speakers.

Cost of the clinic is $50 per person and lunch will be provided. The clinic, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., is open to the public and coaches of all levels.

"It's going to be a great day of basketball," Nutt said.

For more information about the clinic, call 651-5030.

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Ok..that's embarrassing SEMO. You're a part of the Missouri public college system and bring KU's coach in as the keynote speaker at a basketball fundraiser???? That's so pathetic it's almost funny. Almost. Nice job Coach Nutt...might want to do just a little research on the MU/KU rivalry and the number of MU alumni that are located in southeast missouri who support MU AND SEMO. You would be very surprised.

-- Posted by clkv on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 11:02 AM

Bill Self is a great guy and an excellent coach.

But KU still sucks.

-- Posted by Hawker on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 11:34 AM

Why does the basketball team need a fundraiser?

-- Posted by Iceburg on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 12:59 PM

Wonder if Coach Self has any interest in Otto Porter, Jr.?

-- Posted by Right_winger on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 2:42 PM

It would take somebody with the name Dick Nutt to think of bringing a KU coach to speak at SEMO. No wonder th SEMO Basketball program is in such a mess. Cancel this please, and don't slap those of us who are MU fans, and live in Missouri. Of course, I'll probably set up a picket where ever it's held at. Remember, "I'D RATHER FLUNK OUT OF MU AS TO GRADUATE FROM KU"

-- Posted by billsheppard52@gmail.com on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 3:47 PM

There aren't a whole lot of National Championship coaches who speak in Cape Girardeau. I think its great to bring such a highlty respected coach to the area.

To others, this is a KU basketball coach, its not a terrorist, calm down.

-- Posted by Enlightened One on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 4:11 PM

Enlightened One, he's a jayhawk, from KS, so that would be the same as a terrorist. If you had lived on the western side of the state of Missouri, you would hear everytime KS loses in all sports, it's always everybody elses fault, and KS was being picked on. We then had to listen to them cry for a week about it. And Roy Williams, Self's predicessor was one of the worst, and Self follows in his shoes.

-- Posted by billsheppard52@gmail.com on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 7:40 PM

Enlightened One and Others:

Yes, it is a big deal. We have one of the top three HATED rivalries in college basketball with, who else, KANSAS. As a state sponsored school you don't invite KANSAS' BASKETBALL COACH to speak as your keynote speaker at ITS BASKETBALL FUNDRAISER. It's low rent. Period.

-- Posted by clkv on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 8:20 PM

Why don't you contact coach Nutt and ask him to invite Mizzou's national championship winning coach to speak at a coaching clinic and fundraiser.

-- Posted by whistleone on Fri, Sep 17, 2010, at 10:14 PM

I'm a big Mizzou fan and my whole family has attended MU. I've been raised with Black and Gold and I lived on the western side of the state for 4 years!!!

You guys are acting like this is Mizou inviting Self- get a clue. The athletic programs could care less about "The Missouri system of schools." SEMO-Mizzou would be considered a rivalry before SEMO-KU ever would be relevant- and that's what matters.

I'll be going to listen to one of the Top 5 college coaches in the nation and you'll be doing what you normally do on Thursdays. This kind of event doesn't happen much in Cape and I appreciate Coach Nutt bringing Coach Self here.

-- Posted by Enlightened One on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 11:06 PM

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