M-I-Z ... E-R-Y: Roy vs Ryan

The drawl vs the traitor.

Roy Williams

3 Dec 1994: University of Kansas Head Coach Roy Williams instructs his team from the sidelines during their 81-75 win over UMass in the John Wooden Classic at The Pond in Anaheim, California. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images Sport)

It wasn't that he won, even though he did. After all, Bill Self has beaten Mizzou at an even higher rate and won the national title that eluded Williams in Lawrence, and he didn't make this bracket. (He almost did, but that's not the point.) Really, it was the aw-shucks personality. The fact that he talked like Deputy Dawg and built the reputation of being one of the best people in college basketball while allegedly doing some pretty negative recruiting behind the scenes. And let's face it, even if he was not guilty of any negative tactics ... the more bulletproof your character is, the more rival fans will attempt to shoot bullets through it. Mizzou hated Roy Williams because, unlike with Billy Tubbs, Danny Nee or others, they weren't given the high road. They couldn't hate him because he was a jerk, they could just hate him because a really, really successful Kansas coach. Which, it turns out, was enough to get him into this bracket.

Ryan Robertson

22 Mar 1996: Guard Ryan Robertson of the Kansas Jayhawks (right) and teammates look on during a game against the Arizona Wildcats at the NCAA West Regionals in Denver, Colorado. Kansas won the game, 83-80. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dunn/Allsport

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

For four years, every time Ryan Robertson touched the ball inside the Hearnes Center's walls, the Mizzou home crowd let him have it. The St. Charles West product spurned his home state school to play for the hated Jayhawks, and even though his team had little to no success at Hearnes in this time (Kansas beat Mizzou his senior year, and he taunted the student section after the game ... then Kansas turned right around and lost to Mizzou at Allen Fieldhouse), the hatred never did subside. Robertson was a reasonably successful player, averaging 7.4 points per game for his career, but success and hatred do not always have a direct correlation.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Rock M Nation

You must be a member of Rock M Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Rock M Nation. You should read them.

Join Rock M Nation

You must be a member of Rock M Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Rock M Nation. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker