Bill Self signs lifetime contract as KU men’s basketball head coach

Kansas coach Bill Self speaks during a news conference ahead of a second-round men's college...
Kansas coach Bill Self speaks during a news conference ahead of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, March 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)(WIBW)
Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 10:28 AM CDT
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (KWCH) - Bill Self could likely spend the rest of his coaching career at the University of Kansas, the university announced Friday.

The Hall of Fame men’s basketball head coach 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.

“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,” said Self.

Interim Director of Athletics Kurt Watson said that throughout his nearly 30 years as a head coach, Self has changed the lives of so many young men throughout his that have played for him. He also said Self has “meant a tremendous amount to the University of Kansas and the entire Lawrence community.”

“I have known Bill for many years, but working closely with him over the past few weeks in my current role has shown me even more so on a daily basis how deeply he cares about this program. We are certainly proud that he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at KU in 1985 and that this new contract will ensure he finishes his coaching career here as well,” said Watson.

Chancellor Doug Girod said Self embodies the spirit and tradition of the University of Kansas for over 20 years.

“Leading our men’s basketball program to a national championship, 15 Big 12 titles and 17 NCAA Tournament appearances. 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,” Girod said.

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