Bill Self, the Hall of Fame coach, dismisses rumors about the possibility of taking another job and leaving Kansas after 16 seasons. He said that he was pleased by then and not going anywhere and reported that he would be the coach there at Kansas next year.
The words from Bill came after Jeff Long addressed the banquet-goers and stressed he and KU chancellor Doug Girod were thrilled by Self and were planning on him leading the program for many more years. Self said that whenever there are rumors, people have used that against them in recruiting and that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In February, the NCAA ruled that KU sophomore Silvio De Sousa had to sit out the rest of the season and all of 2019-20 because his guardian received a payment from a former representative of Adidas, who testified in federal court that he paid the mother of former KU player Billy Preston. The NCAA is looking for information from the federal trial related to corruption into college basketball recruiting.
In March, Self denied a rumor to The Star’s Sam Mellinger after a radio host said Self would leave KU for the Chicago Bulls. Self said that he still has got three years left on his deal. His contract runs out on March 31, 2022.
Long said during a speech at the banquet that he thought he did one of his best coaching jobs in an illustrious 16 years. He said that there’s no one better to lead their program now and in the future than Bill Self. Long agreed that some have tried to use rumors of Self are leaving to hurt recruitment in the club.
Long said that he got news for them and that stuff won’t work. Chancellor Girod and Long are thrilled that Bill Self is the leader of their basketball program winning championships in the right way as he has done the last 16 years. They are planning for him to lead this program for many more years. Self responded to the compliment in his speech at the banquet by saying they appreciate everything Jeff is doing with their athletic department, putting his handprint over it. Self said it had been a very positive first eight, nine months of his tenure and the chancellor has been so supportive of everything going on. He added that he felt terrific having the total support of their administration and staff.