Coaches say it over and over again, you never give the other team bulletin board material to give them an extra edge. When Kansas players Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden, Jr. giggled in a press conference when asked about Stanford’s Chasson Randle, they did just that.
From the MecuryNews.com, reportedly Randle took the slighting personally, not just for himself, but for his entire team, and used it as some extra motivation in Stanford’s 60-57 upset win over the Jayhawks in the NCAA tournament.
At the post-game press conference, Randle sat next to his coach, Johnny Dawkins, and talked about the perceived insult by the Kansas stars.
“[Coach Dawkins] told me not to talk about it. But, you know, I definitely took it as a challenge. So did my teammates. It wasn’t just a stab at me, it was a stab at our team. We took it as a challenge. And it was a little bit of extra motivation.” – Chasson Randle
Now according to Kansas coach Bill Self, Wiggins and Selden didn’t recognize Randle’s name because he hadn’t completed an in-depth roster review with his team at that time.
Not recognizing is one thing, but giggling as if someone just mentioned an unworthy opponent? No excuse, sorry coach.
And what did Stanford alum and vocal Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman have to say about it? Welp…
Kansas players laughed and said they didn’t know who Chasson Randle was…. Lol well they know now!
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 23, 2014
Oh, and Randle finished with 13 points and a Stanford NCAA tournament record six steals. I guess Sherman is right.