Bill Self on his way to Kansas coaching elite

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As reported earlier in the day, Kansas and head coach Bill Self agreed to a contract extension through the 2021-2012 season.

He’s definitely moving into Kansas elite by going from rich to richer, as the deal bumps up his salary almost half-a-mill to $3.856 million.

More importantly, Self is entering his 10th season at KU and this new deal could keep him in Lawrence for the next decade. In nine seasons, Self has won a national title, made a pair of appearances at the Final Four and been to five Elite Eights. Coaching Kansas for the foreseeable future, Self will likely end his tenure with the Jayhawks with a resume worthy enough for the arena to be named after him…if it wasn’t already taken by the legendary coach, Phog Allen.

Well, maybe he can settle for having the court named after him? Oh wait, that’s named after the game’s inventor, James Naismith.

Honoring Self at the end of his career is a “let’s cross that bridge, when we get there” sort of situation. Either way, this contract extension gives the current Jayhawks head coach the ability to establish an impressive legacy at KU.

Compare Self’s career with some of KU’s other coaching greats.

He has as many Final Fours as Larry Brown and Ted Owens, only one less than Phog Allen, and two less than Roy Williams (however Williams didn’t win a title with Kansas).

Self currently holds the highest winning percentage in the storied  history of Kansas basketball at .835, averaging just under 30 wins per season. The next closest is Williams at .805.

A dozen of Self’s former KU players have been drafted into the NBA, most recently Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor.

A knock on Self’s time in Lawrence would be a few early exits in the NCAA Tournament, most notably the second round loss to Northern Iowa in 2010.

However, that could be negated with Self’s performance last season. Self had a talented, yet inexperienced group of players and took them to within a win of the national title. Only four players entered the season with regular playtime from the previous year.

If Self stays for the duration of the new deal, he will go down as the second-longest tenured coach in the program’s history (tied with Owens) behind Allen, and maybe just as successful.

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Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

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Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.


AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.