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Self signs “lifetime” contract to remain head coach at KU


On Tuesday afternoon, the University of Kansas Athletics Department announced that head coach Bill Self has signed a new contract, committing to coach the Jayhawks for life. Under the amended agreement, Self will be on a lifetime 5-year rolling contract, making him the highest-paid coach in college basketball with a deal worth $53 million over 5 years.

Self’s remarkable achievements include 773 career wins, two national championships, 20 conference titles, and 18 first-round NBA Draft picks during his tenure at Kansas. He has led the team to 13 consecutive Big 12 Conference championships, tying the NCAA record, and has consistently secured high seeds in the NCAA Tournament, being a No. 1 seed 10 times.

Chancellor Douglas Girod and Athletic Director Travis Goff expressed their confidence in Self, emphasizing his impact not only on the basketball program but also on the university as a whole. Self’s success extends beyond the court, with the men’s program maintaining high academic standards, including a record 3.29 GPA in the fall of 2022.

Self, appreciative of the university’s support, stated his excitement about the future of Kansas Basketball. He emphasized his pride in representing the passionate fan base and expressed his dedication to the university, making it clear that there’s “no place like Kansas.”