Kansas basketball head coach Bill Self vocally described his NBA intention’s the other day. Self has continuously been involved with NBA head coaching rumors since he became the coach for Kansas. It was reported that the Chicago Bulls had interest in Self. However, Self has made it very clear that he has no interest in leaving the Jayhawks program.
During the annual postseason banquet for the Kansas basketball program, Self didn’t shy away from the speculated rumors.
Per KUsports.com: “As soon as the NBA rumors came out, I went to our administration and said, ‘Hey, just so you know, I’m not going anywhere,’” Self explained. “And I certainly would not go anywhere right now at all. … Whenever there were rumors — and that’s what they are, rumors, with no basis behind any of them — that I was not going to be the coach here because I was going to a different place or (would) not be around because of the NCAA or whatever, that couldn’t be further from the truth. I’ve still got three years left on my deal and hopefully, sometime between now and the end of that, there’ll be some talks about re-upping that.
“But I’m totally happy right now and I’m not going anywhere. Anywhere. I’ll be the coach at Kansas next year.”
Kansas athletic director Jeff Long also addressed the rumors during this time.
“There is no one better to lead our program now and in the future than coach Bill Self,” Long said. “We have all heard the rumors about Coach Self leaving us. I’ve heard them. Bill’s heard them and we’ve talked about it. Bill has addressed the speculation with the media and with others who have used the rumors to negatively impact our recruiting. Well, I’ve got news for those (people). That tactic won’t work. These are just rumors. … Chancellor (Doug) Girod and I are thrilled that Bill Self and (wife) Cindy are the leaders of our basketball program, winning championships in the right way as he has done for the last 16 years. And we are planning for him to lead this program for many, many more years.”
Kansas fans can finally breathe again knowing that their fearless leader is going nowhere. However, Self has his work cut out for him. Kansas finished the season with an overall record of 26-10, which is an off year for the Jayhawks. Kansas was also only ranked a four seed in the NCAA tournament and was knocked out by Auburn in the round of 32.
With some of Self’s players declaring their intention to transfer (Charlie Moore and K.J. Lawson) and the Kansas basketball program seemingly in a decline, it will be interesting to see how long Self stays loyal to the Jawhawks.