Bill Self says KU AD search still in ‘preliminary’ stages

photo by: Nick Krug

Kansas head coach Bill Self looks for a call from an official during the second half, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has had “preliminary” conversations about the university’s open athletic director job in the eight days since KU chancellor Doug Girod announced that Sheahon Zenger had been fired.

But Self classified the entire process of finding Zenger’s replacement as still in its infant stages and added that he did not anticipate being a huge part of the search.

“I don’t know that I’ll be able to be involved very much just because I’m going to be gone,” said Self, who will head to Colorado Springs on Wednesday to begin a two-week stint with USA Basketball.

Despite being away from campus until mid-June, Self said he would remain available and added that he hoped to receive updates on how the search was going during that time.

“I think there’ll be probably a lot of movement on it as far as some preliminary work and that kind of stuff during the time I’m not around,” said Self, who revealed that he was not a part of the search committee. “But I’ll do anything that the chancellor asks of me and I do hope that I’m somewhat in the know on what’s going on.”

To this point, Self said his discussions about the job have been very basic and have covered more of the big picture issues rather than diving in on specific candidates.

“It’s still early,” he said. “And the conversations that I’ve had (have been) more of what kind of person, why type of strengths, those types of things, will be best for our school. As far as names and things like that, no. I don’t believe there’s been near as much discussion on that as what some people would think. But I’m sure it’s going to get hot and heavy soon.”

Asked what traits he had discussed that might make KU’s next athletic director the right fit for the department, Self chose to keep the details private.

“I really don’t want to go into it from that standpoint,” he said. “Obviously, we hope we hire the best person we possibly can for the circumstances at KU and some of the things that need to be done here. But I’d rather let our chancellor or the committee speak to that point rather than a guy that’s not as directly involved with it.”

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