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Bill Self Officially Ruled Out For Remainder of Big 12 Tournament

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Michigan State

Kansas basketball took care of business without Bill Self on the sidelines in its first game of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament, winning 78-61 over West Virginia on Thursday afternoon.

However, it appears the Jayhawks will have to continue along in Kansas City without Self returning to the bench, as the legendary head coach has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament, according to a release from the university.

“Kansas Men’s Basketball Coach Bill Self will not coach in the remainder of the Big 12 Tournament,” the statement reads.


“KU Men’s Basketball Coach Bill Self is a patient at the University of Kansas Health System. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steve Stites wants to clarify that Coach Self did not suffer a heart attack as reported by some media. He arrived at the emergency department last night and underwent a standard procedure that went well. He is expected to make a full recovery. There will be no further medical details released for now.” – University of Kansas Health Systems

Bill Self even had a few words for those who are concerned about him amid the current situation.

“I am very grateful for the overwhelming number of well wishes my family and I have received. I’m excited to get back with my team in the very near future,” Self said.

Kansas will face Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals on Friday evening, with tipoff scheduled for 6:00 PM CT. Assistant coach Norm Roberts will continue to serve as the acting head coach in Self’s absence.

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