Kansas coach Bill Self grew up just north of Oklahoma City, attending high school in the suburban enclave of Edmond, Okla. So on Monday afternoon, as a mile-wide tornado ripped through the area and flattened parts of Moore, a southern suburb, Self’s mind turned toward his home state.
Self was set to announce the addition of Memphis transfer Tarik Black to the KU program, but his thoughts, like many others, were with the victims and families in Oklahoma.
“Our enthusiasm is tempered by what is happening just south of Oklahoma City in Moore,” Self said.
Self hasn’t lived in Oklahoma in more than a decade, but his career took root in the state. After a four-year playing career at Oklahoma State, he worked as an assistant at his alma mater before making stops as the head coach at Oral Roberts and Tulsa.
“We wish nothing but the very best for them,” Self said of the victims, “and our thoughts are with them.”