Paul Finebaum

It’s been a rough 48 hours for Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks, who, once again, came up short of the Final Four with a loss to Oregon 74-60 on Saturday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

It was the 7th time Bill Self’s Jayhawks have entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed and the 6th time they have failed to reach the Final Four.

So in the world of “hot takes”, SEC fanboy and ESPN mouthpiece Paul Finebaum was on SportsCenter yesterday and said Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops is the Bill Self of college football.

Finebaum’s premise stems from the fact that both Self and Stoops won national championships early on in their tenures at their respective Universities. Since then, both teams have often followed up highly-successful regular seasons with disappointment in the biggest games.

Self is 2-7 in the Elite Eight, while Stoops is 3-6 in his last nine major bowl games (BCS, College Football Playoff, New Year’s Six).

Finebaum has a history of taking digs at the Big 12 conference. Last summer he predicted that the Big 12 might not survive the latest expansion rumors and said Oklahoma would rather be in the Big Ten or SEC. He also wanted the Big 12 to suspend the “disgusting, despicable” Baylor football program for the season, saying it has “no moral compass”.

In return, Bob Stoops and the Sooners have mostly owned the SEC in recent years and Stoops has made sure to call out Finebaum along the way. The Oklahoma head coach once called Finebaum “irrelevant” and said a couple years ago, “he [Finebaum] doesn’t deserve attention from me.”

So let this be the latest in the verbal war between Paul Finebaum and the Big 12.

I’m already pumped for the next chapter.

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