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M-I-Z... E-R-Y: Ryan Robertson vs Kelvin Sampson

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The traitor or the scumbag?

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






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.

Kelvin Sampson

12 Mar 2005: Head coach Kelvin Sampson of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the second half against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Semifinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Kemper Arena on March 12, 2005 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Red Raiders won 69-63 knocking off the number one seed. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

He cried after every call that didn't go his way. He yelled "REBOUND" as opposing players were in their free-throw shooting motion. He brought Eduardo Najera to the Big 12. He ruined the denim look for an entire generation of Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma State fans. And he beat Missouri. A LOT. When he got Oklahoma in trouble for impermissible phone calls, he left town before any sanctions kicked in. And when he got to Indiana, he committed the same violations. And just when you thought karma had put him in his place, it appears he might be falling up -- he's apparently a leader for the Detroit Pistons' coaching vacancy.

Kelvin Sampson was so sleazy and unlikable that even Oklahoma fans dislike him now. But Mizzou fans disliked him first. Passionately.