Asked about next season, KU coach Bill Self jokes he wants last year's stars back
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self doesn’t sound like he’s ready to seriously entertain scheduling Missouri any time soon.
“As of now, no. Definitely no right now,” Self told The Star after Thursday’s KVC Hero Luncheon at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center.
He was asked if there’s any change in his view of the KU-MU series following comments by Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk at Monday’s Tiger Club of Kansas City Golf Tournament.
“I actually saw the quote,” Self said, referring to Sterk telling The Star’s Tod Palmer that he’d “like for that to happen.”
“I’ve been hearing that for six years now,” Self said.
Missouri, which left the Big 12 for the SEC in July of 2012, has made it known it would like to play KU in basketball and football. KU has had no interest in scheduling games.
Sterk told The Star: “I know (new basketball coach) Cuonzo (Martin) will work on that behind the scenes and see if that can happen.”
“Nobody’s called me,” Self said. “Cuonzo and I have known each other a long time. I like and respect Cuonzo. We’ll talk about it I’m sure just like Kim (Anderson) and I talked about it or Quin (Snyder) and I talked about it or Frank (Haith) and I talked about it.”
Self said Thursday the topic of KU-MU possibly scheduling games again is “not news.”
As far as Sterk’s discussing the issue of scheduling the former rivals: “I would think that would probably be something that would be a given when asked a question, ‘Would you like to continue or renew the series?’ I think the obvious answer from his standpoint would probably be, ‘Yes,’ ’’ Self said. “From mine (standpoint) that’s a decision that will be made at a university level, not just at a basketball level.”