Bill Self, Garth Brooks are friends in ‘low’ places

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Kansas head coach Bill Self and country music artist Garth Brooks are friends, and it’s not simply because Brooks is a fan of Kansas basketball or because Self has friends where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases.

Self and Brooks went to college together, Self as a walk-on on the Oklahoma State basketball team and Brooks on a partial scholarship as a member of the track team. Self’s wife went to the same high school as Brooks, who was a star quarterback at the time. Self and Brooks even played on the same softball team together for seven years.

None of that is news, but it’s relevant because Self spent Friday night at the opening show of Brooks’ new tour in Rosemont, Illinois. When he’s on tour, Brooks holds sports camps in the towns that he is visiting, and Self spent Saturday morning working with kids at that camp.

“Now that we’re back on tour, the parties are back in every city,” Brooks told the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. “I love these kids.”

Brooks, who has sold more records than anyone not named The Beatles, has released a new single called “People Loving People“.