Daily Dribble: Ronnie Chalmers "Resigns"
A couple weeks after John Wall's AAU coach was hired by Baylor in order to snag the top prospect, Ronnie Chalmers resigned from his position at Kansas. Like Dwon Clifton, who was hired to be "Director of Player Development" at Baylor, Chalmers was hired to be "Director of Basketball Operations" at Kansas in order for Bill Self to recruit his son, Mario. Now that Mario is off to the NBA.. Ronnie has wasted little effort jumping ship to "pursue new opportunities".
These package deals come along every couple years (perhaps its now a tradition at Kansas following the Manning family?), and unfortunately, usually work out for the benefit of the team doing the hiring.
Certainly for Chalmers and Self, the package was a major success. Self gets his national title (and a new contract extension). Papa Chalmers got some cash and a snazzy title (Perhaps parlaying this job into another one like Ed Manning and Milt Wagner did). Baby Chalmers found a spot in the NBA.
-- Quote from Ronnie Chalmers
"I have mixed emotions about leaving a great university and a great community. I have enjoyed my tenure at the University of Kansas. I want to thank all the staff and fans for their loyalty and support of the Chalmers family while we were here. Our goal was to come here and win a national championship and we accomplished that. I have decided to move on to pursue other interests. I will certainly miss the Jayhawk fans but we will always remain part of the Jayhawk family and the Lawrence community. God Bless you all."