It turns out KU coach Bill Self had some conversations with the Cleveland Cavaliers about taking the reins there, pre-Lebron announcement.
But you can hear Kansas fans now: Hallelujah, Self stayed a Jayhawk. Now he and his 2014-15 squad can go for KU’s 11th straight Big 12 championship this fall and winter.
With his decision, Self stayed true to his recent pronouncements that he’s not interested, at this time, in joining the NBA coaching fraternity.
As a KU grad who hasn’t always been a big Self fan (ahem), I’m glad he’s not going anywhere.
Sure, he might have earned more money in the NBA, although it’s tough to do a lot better than $5 million or so a year, as he now gets in Lawrence.
Still, I like the explanations that Self and other longtime college coaches have for staying on campuses.
They want to be coaching at the same place, chalking up victories at the same schools, and being identified with one specific university.
There’s very little “amateur” about college sports anymore, and paying someone like Self so much money is a big indicator of what’s wrong with the situation.
However, at least for Kansas basketball fans, they’re going to be happy that someone with the record of Bill Self decided to skip being part of the NBA picture.
At least for now.
To reach Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter @YaelTAbouhalkah.