Except for Baylor and K-State, I would say thats pretty fair. I would have to think we would be ahead of K-State. I know they have had more recent success, but I think competing in the same state with KU would make that job less appealing. Playing in front of only 2K fans at Baylor may be appealing to some. If this poll was taken in 2001, we would be ahead of K-State and Baylor.
Anything like this has a shadow over it because of Baylor's meteoric recruiting improvement. If Baylor is the #3 job then why weren't they getting elite recruits all along? If Baylor is #3 in anything in basketball it's because of Drew (clean or dirty) not because of Baylor as a rock solid basketball program.
Texas and Oklahoma (maybe ok state too) are the best jobs because they have resources, brand recognition, and tradition without the pressure KU comes with. Of course a guy like Self is up to the task but most coaches wouldn't be and they would come after an average coach with pitchforks after one year. Texas and OU would be more patient and less demanding of a coach.
This could make for some interesting discussion...
At first I thought we could and should be higher, but in taking a more objective look at the rankings it's hard to argue with the schools above us. If Colorado and Nebraska were still in the conference they would be below us, I'm quite sure.
I have to wonder if we might be higher if it wasn't for the McDermott era as well.
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