Lees wish: Win it for Jayhawk coach


Aaron Miles and Michael Lee, former teammates at Jefferson High, want to help change the perception that Kansas coach Roy Williams hasn't accomplished anything unless he wins the NCAA Tournament.

'I don't know if it's a burden on his back,' Lee tells the Wichita Eagle, 'but we'd like to take it off. If we win this one, it should solidify his position as one of the greatest coaches of all time.'

The Jayhawks (29-7), with Miles and Lee playing in their second straight Final Four, will meet Marquette (27-5) in a national semifinal in the New Orleans Superdome at 3:07 p.m. Pacific time Saturday. In the night's later semi, Syracuse (28-5) faces Texas (26-6).

The national championship game is at 6:18 p.m. Pacific time Monday.

Speculation has been flowing that Williams might leave Kansas and take the reins at North Carolina, where he assisted Dean Smith for years.

Williams was upset that North Carolina forced Matt Doherty into resigning this week, but he also reportedly has a strained relationship with Al Bohl, Kansas athletic director. Williams has children living in North Carolina and a home in South Carolina.

'He hasn't guaranteed anything, but I get the feeling Ñ and I think everyone else does Ñ that he's not going anywhere,' Lee tells the Kansas City Star.

Lee, who has become a key player off the bench, says the Jayhawks were more talented last year but have handled adversity this season and are 'a lot tougher mentally.'

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