Bill Self isn’t leaving Lawrence, Kansas anytime soon.
On Friday morning, the University of Kansas announced Self has signed a lifetime contract with the Jayhawks. His current contract, which was set to expire next March, is being replaced with a new five-year rolling agreement that automatically adds one year at the conclusion of each season for the remainder of his career.
Self has been the head coach at Kansas since 2003 and has led the Jayhawks to 15 Big 12 regular season Championships, eight Big 12 Tournament titles, three Final Fours and a National Championship in 2008.
The Jayhawks have had to deal with recent NCAA investigations, which appears to have hurt recruiting, but KU is clearly showing complete confidence in having Self lead them through those issues.
Self said in a statement, “I want to extend my sincere appreciation to Chancellor Girod, Kurt Watson, and the rest of the leadership at KU for their belief and faith in me to provide this lifetime contract. Every day, I am reminded just how fortunate I am to lead this storied program and there truly is no place else I would rather be. As we continue to work through the challenges facing our program, we look forward to moving ahead and focusing on our bright future. I would also like to express my gratitude to our alumni and donors, as well as the best fans and students in the nation, that have supported my family and me for the past 18 seasons. I’m excited to remain your basketball coach and compete for many championships in the future.“
Self has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year six times, while winning the Naismith College Coach of the Year in 2012.
His record at Kansas is 522-118 and 248-59 in Big 12 play. This past season, the Jayhawks finished second in the Big 12 and were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the second round by the USC Trojans.
Chancellor Doug Girod said in a statement, “We believe in Coach Self and we believe in the future of our program under his leadership, and we are thrilled that he will continue to be a Jayhawk for the rest of his coaching career.”
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