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Self staying at KU

April 10, 2008, 3:06 p.m. Updated April 10, 2008, 4:47 p.m.

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Bill Self's April 10 press conference

KU coach Bill Self met with the media Thursday afternoon, flanked by athletic director Lew Perkins and Chancellor Robert Hemenway, to announce his intentions to remain as the Jayhawks' head coach for years to come.

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, shown Thursday at a news conference at KU, has no plans to leave after winning the National Championship on Monday.

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, shown Thursday at a news conference at KU, has no plans to leave after winning the National Championship on Monday.

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self officially announced at a news conference Thursday afternoon in Hadl Auditorium his intentions to remain with the Jayhawks.

Self was flanked by athletic director Lew Perkins and chancellor Robert Hemenway. Perkins said the details of Self's extension have yet to be hammered out, but an agreement has been made in principle.

"Today is not the day to talk about details," Perkins said. "Bill and I have agreed in principle that he will be our coach for years to come.

"He represents us with class, on and off the court, and I can't think of another coach I'd rather be sitting next to today."

Self said he visited with Oklahoma State and athletic director Mike Holder, but never had intentions of leaving.

"There was never serious interest on our part of leaving the University of Kansas, but there was serious interest in listening and hopefully helping Oklahoma State put their basketball position in the position they want it to be in," Self said. "We met, and (Holder) did an unbelievable job of striking the right chords and everything, and he did it in a way that provoked thought on why that would be a great fit for me and my family at this time. It wasn't done in a way many of you imagined it being done."

Self said Holder and OSU brought up the ideas of coming home, leading the Cowboys' program through a transition and taking it to heights the program hadn't seen in quite some time.

Coming home, leading program through transition, go to heights it hasn't seen in awhile

With details of Self's new deal still not finalized, he did say it's 'fair to say' he will get a nice raise and extension.

"The time is right for me and my family to be in Lawrence, Kansas, and hopefully lead this program to bigger and better things in the future," Self added.

Added Hemenway: ""Bill Self is exactly the right person for Kansas basketball, and w're delighted that he'll lead our basketball program for years to come."

For more on this story, including audio and video from the press conference and further reactions, stay tuned to KUSports.com and read Friday's Journal-World.

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Bill Self just said in a brief phone conversation with the Journal-World that he is staying at Kansas. Details will be revealed at a 4:30 p.m. press conference.

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The Kansas University athletics department just announced that it will hold a 4:30 p.m. press conference regarding its men's basketball program.

The press conference is believed to be addressing the future of coach Bill Self. Three microphones have been set up at the table in the auditorium. The press conference will air live on Sunflower Broadband channel 6.

Self met with athletic director Lew Perkins earlier this afternoon, and is known to still be in the building.

For more on this story as it develops, including live updates, audio and video from the press conference, stay tuned to KUSports.com.

Comments

kansassportsnutgal 7 years, 3 months ago

Bill is not going anywhere! He loves it here at KU too much! This is his dream job!

Jaminrawk 7 years, 3 months ago

He's still in the building. He was never going to leave.

stuckinthemiddle 7 years, 3 months ago

three microphonesone for Billone for Brandonone for Shadythey're all staying...

fundamental 7 years, 3 months ago

If Bill was no longer the coach, he would not be at the press conference. Remember Al Bohl? He wanted to hold a presser at KU, but KU told him he could not because KU press facilities were only for use by KU personnel. Hilarious. Bill's here for the long haul.I hope.

Jaminrawk 7 years, 3 months ago

I would love it if the microphone was for Bill, Brandon and Shady but something tells me the other two will be Lew and the Chancellor. Either way, I'll be ecstatic.

simplykristib 7 years, 3 months ago

I never doubted that Bill Self was leaving. I always had the belief that he was going to stay. Self is staying!

stuckinthemiddle 7 years, 3 months ago

Jaminrawk ~grin~you're likely right... but damn... I love watching Brandon play and Shady is just now hitting his stride...

BrianR 7 years, 3 months ago

Money is a strong motivator but coaching at Kansas is not a stepping stone job to somewhere else, it is the golden fleece.

true_patriot 7 years, 3 months ago

They just changed the headline of this article to "Self is staying"

notajayhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

And now we can all sit back and await the outcry when the people who want tickets next year find out what Bill's staying is going to cost them (in both $$$ and in seating placement).

acoupstick 7 years, 3 months ago

"I wish there were two turntables and a microphone."Bottles and cans, just clap your hands. Just clap your hands.

kstevens 7 years, 3 months ago

BrianR Maybe you should ask Roy about the stepping stone. He may have a different opinion

kstevens 7 years, 3 months ago

Too bad not every number one seed had the easy KU road to the championship

yankeelady 7 years, 3 months ago

I never doubted that he would stay. It's all here.

Daniel Kennamore 7 years, 3 months ago

ksteven, You do realize how pathetic you look right now right?

kstevens 7 years, 3 months ago

ignore the last two posts. my buddy, an OSU alum hijacked my computer.

ddayot 7 years, 3 months ago

Easy road??????Who else beat two # 1's in the tourney?

smn723 7 years, 3 months ago

notajayhawk, your opinion is worth about as much as the hourly wage at McDonald's. Reserve it! You must have forgotten that this is the LAWRENCE Journal-World not the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Jcjayhawk1 7 years, 3 months ago

"Too bad not every number one seed had the easy KU road to the championship"It doesn't matter. They beat the 2 top teams in the final four. UNC and Memphis ain't easy and they both stood in the way of the championship.

usaschools 7 years, 3 months ago

Easy road? Only to a non-bball fan who and or complete moron. UNLV, Villanova? 2 big name teams with skills. Davidson! Of the four number one seeds, KS faced the hardest teams because we were the fourth #1 seed. Always some loser trying to rain on the parade. KU deserves the Championship and earned it. Whine elsewhere biatch.

Ceallach 7 years, 3 months ago

p>www.kmbc.com will broadcast the news conference

notajayhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

smn723 (Anonymous) says: "notajayhawk, your opinion is worth about as much as the hourly wage at McDonald's. Reserve it! You must have forgotten that this is the lawrence Journal-World not the Columbia Daily Tribune."Well, dipstick, besides the fact that I'm not a Tigers fan any more than a Jayhawks fan, I'm only stating what should be obvious to people who understand math beyond the "two apples plus two apples" stage. Maybe you think they're going to give Self a million or so in raises and what, absorb the loss, instead of raising ticket prices and pushing more big contributors up in front of the student seats? Uh, yeah, that'll happen. After all, that's why the fans at UConn loved him so much. [groan]But as my opinion is so lowly valued, smn723, perhaps you'd like to share your estemmed opinion as to how they'll pay for any raises, bonuses, etc. that we'll be hearing about soon? Maybe they can start playing their home games in the Sprint Center.

nobody1793 7 years, 3 months ago

I just got an e-mail from the endowment association essentially asking for money. Very funny timing...

juscin3 7 years, 3 months ago

LOL@Andini's commentGlad to see that Bill is stayin. Didn't think he would leave anyways. He had gotten KU to win the national title in 5 yrs. How long did it take Roy??? And, Roy didn't get KU one either...hmm

bjorn_brinkman 7 years, 3 months ago

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kansas778 7 years, 3 months ago

Bill has his priorities right. It's tough enough to get recruits to come to Kansas away from the east and west coast schools that get more media coverage and are located in big cities, but at least KU is a nationally known and recognized program, now with yet another championship. Recruiting at OSU would be a nightmare, and Bill knows that his best chance to win another championship and put his name in the hall of fame is to stay at KU.

Bill Lee 7 years, 3 months ago

It's all about the W's...WINNER & WILLIAM SELF.

OnlyTheOne 7 years, 3 months ago

kstevens (Anonymous) says:"Too bad not every number one seed had the easy KU road to the championship"I certainly hope you're being facetious with that comment.

Evan Ridenour 7 years, 3 months ago

"I just got an e-mail from the endowment association essentially asking for money. Very funny timing:"The endowment is a completely separate entity from KU Athletics so I don't really understand what you are trying to imply here.

Michael Stanclift 7 years, 3 months ago

kstevens (Anonymous) says:"Too bad not every number one seed had the easy KU road to the championship"Oh yeah, because Davidson, UNC and Memphis were a real walk in the park.

martyks 7 years, 3 months ago

We have more reasons to love Bill Self now!!! You all DO realize that Bill turned down more money than the amount that would have gotten the Beatles back together, don't you? lol

BrianR 7 years, 3 months ago

kstevens,Be careful who you allow near your computer :)I didn't think the person who wrote that knew very much about the situation. One does not spend 15 years on a stepping stone.

JayCat_67 7 years, 3 months ago

Anyone notice the price of gas went back down a few cents today? Guess cause that good ol' BOY (Billionaire Oil Yahoo) at OSU doesn't have to spend as much on a new coach now.

Sigmund 7 years, 3 months ago

How fortunate is KU that Roy decided to leave? When Coach Self first took over I was a little wary, but what a class act he has proven himself to be. His ability to motivate a talent rich group of individuals to work hard, play as a team, and never give up is no longer in question. Through thick and thin coach Self has always conducted himself in way that puts the University of Kansas in best light. Now it appears he turned down a mind blowing contract from OSU to lead KU into the future,How fortunate is KU that Bill decided to stay!

nobody1793 7 years, 3 months ago

"The endowment is a completely separate entity from KU Athletics so I don't really understand what you are trying to imply here."Here's a link to an html of that e-mail.http://www.pursuant4.com/kansas/apr08/kuselect/email.htmNow, tell me that has nothing to do with raising money for all the facilites upgrades Bill wants...

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