The 35th edition of Late Night in the Phog, the season tip-off event for Kansas basketball, was undeniably one of the wildest ever.
Snoop Dogg was the musical entertainment for the night, capping off an evening that also featured scrimmages from the Kansas men’s and women’s basketball teams.
The men’s scrimmage lasted just 12 minutes and wasn’t the most competitive contest, considering defense was not a focal point. Sophomore guard Devon Dotson and sophomore forward David McCormack were the two top scorers, with Dotson leading the Blue team with 12 points and McCormack leading the way for the Crimson team with 10. Senior guard Isaiah Moss, a graduate transfer from Iowa, didn’t play in the scrimmage with a hamstring issue.
Like usual, Late Night included several sketches and dance sessions, including a game of Family Feud hosted by assistant coach Kurtis Townsend and dance routines by both basketball teams.
Plus, two students had a chance to win $10,000 from coach Bill Self with a half-court shot. After director of basketball operations Brennan Bechard missed attempts for both contests, Self called on Jayhawk legend Sherron Collins to give it a try.
Collins made his attempt, earning $5,000 each for the two students.
In a shocking turn, the half-court shot by a national champion wasn’t the most impactful part of the night. That honor belonged to the main event.
Snoop Dogg didn’t perform until after the men’s scrimmage, breaking with the trend of having the musical guest perform sometime in the middle of Late Night.
The performance itself wasn’t necessarily a family-friendly show, with unedited lyrics, marijuana imagery and pole dancing present throughout the set.
While the Jayhawks stayed out on the floor taking pictures and watching the show, Self didn’t stick around for the whole performance. Answering questions after the fact, he said Snoop Dogg’s performance was “not the direction” the school wanted to go in terms of entertainment.
Director of athletics Jeff Long also released a statement in which he apologized to anyone who may have been offended by the event.
Long later released a second, amended statement without the phrase “acrobatic dancers.”
Unsurprisingly, social media took off with reactions to Snoop Dogg at Late Night, ranging from surprise to supporting a show that pushed the envelope to disappointment.
Kansas will play its first exhibition game of the year on Oct. 24 against Fort Hays State.