The Bill Self era at Kansas has been a very good one to say the least, as the Jayhawks have made three Final Four appearances and won a national title in 2008.
The school made a move towards making sure Self remains in Lawrence for the remainder of his career on Friday, as it was announced that his contract was extended through the 2021-22 season.
Self, whose original contract was due to expire in June 2018, will also receive a raise in salary that pushes his annual pay up to $3.856 million per season.
“We believe Bill Self is among a very small number of elite basketball coaches in this country,” Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger said in the statement, “and this ensures that we compensate him accordingly.
“We are proud of the way he represents the University of Kansas, Kansas Athletics and the entire State of Kansas, and we are thrilled that he will remain our coach for at least another decade.”
In nine seasons at Kansas, Self has led the Jayhawks to a record of 269-53 and eight consecutive Big 12 regular season titles. Kansas has also won five Big 12 tournament titles.
There are also incentives that will pay Self handsomely not only for team accomplishments but also for his remaining head coach.
In addition, Self will earn a second retention bonus of $876,000 per year, payable in 2015 and 2018. That second retention bonus is replaced in 2019 by an agreement to pay Self a one-time sum of $6 million if he remains KU’s coach through March 2022.
The contract also includes the following incentives:
• Regular-season conference championship ($50,000). • Conference postseason tournament championship ($25,000). • AP Coach of the Year ($100,000). • Final Four appearance ($150,000). • NCAA Championship ($200,000).
Kansas has a young team this season outside of center Jeff Withey, wing Travis Releford and guard Elijah Johnson but there’s a great deal of talent as well led by Ben McLemore, Perry Ellis and Andrew White.
If Self continues winning at his current rate there’s a question for the Kansas fan base to ponder:
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