After sleeping on OSU's offer, Self stays at KU

By John Rohde Modified: April 11, 2008 at 1:02 am •  Published: April 11, 2008
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In the end, Bill Self decided to stay home rather than return home.

The Oklahoma State graduate will remain as men's basketball coach at Kansas, but not until after discussing the possibility of returning to his alma mater.


Self met for roughly two hours Wednesday night with OSU athletic director Mike Holder at a hotel south of Kansas City, Kan.

Self drove back home to Lawrence and discussed the matter with his family. He slept on his decision, visited again with wife Cindy on Thursday morning and called Holder in early afternoon to confirm he would remain at KU.

"Timing is so much of everything,” Self said one hour before his 4:30 p.m. news conference Thursday on the KU campus.

"This is where we need to be. This is where we want to be right now.”

Self spent 11 years at OSU as a player and assistant before becoming Oral Roberts' coach in 1993.

Self knew of Holder, who was then the Cowboys men's golf coach, but the two had spent limited time together.

"You talk about an impressive guy,” Self said of Holder. "And I'm not just blowing smoke, either. He's got a vision for the place. They're going to win and win big because there's so much passion, commitment and energy that's being made there.”

Self said Holder never rendered a specific financial offer.

"What they offered was an opportunity to come home and be at your own university, to lead the basketball program and try to take it to heights it's never been before,” Self said. "Those were all pretty enticing. He knows I'm emotional about that place.

"We talked about all the different components. He said, 'We could definitely take care of you, but you should decide if you want to be here. If you want to be a part of this, the other components are something you would be thrilled about.'

"Mike said, ‘You decide if you want that. If you decide you want that, then you can decide if you want the other component (a lucrative contract). If that's not something in your heart that you need to pursue, then we don't need to go there.' And he was exactly right.”

Self said OSU was the only school he would consider if he were to leave Kansas.



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