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Holder denies rumors of big offer to Self
Kansas coach says he'll pick up phone if OSU calls him

By Andrea Cohen Modified: April 9, 2008 at 12:37 am •  Published: April 9, 2008
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STILLWATER — Just hours after winning the National Championship, Kansas coach Bill Self said he would pick up the phone if Oklahoma State called. But as of Tuesday afternoon, OSU athletic director Mike Holder said he hadn't yet made any calls, to Self or any other coaches.

Holder, who reached a resignation agreement with basketball coach Sean Sutton a week ago, also said he has not put any numbers together regarding a potential salary offer. The Tulsa World reported rumors of OSU offering Self a $6 million signing bonus and $3.5-million-per season contract.

"Absolutely false,” Holder said via email. "I have not discussed or thought about any financial package. Anyone reporting otherwise is making it up.”

Tuesday morning would have been an unlikely time for Holder to contact Self regardless. The National Champion Jayhawks were due back in Lawrence in the afternoon and scheduled to bus directly from the airport to Memorial Stadium for a celebration at 3 p.m.

Holder would not say when — or if — he planned to contact Self, only that he is "being patient.”

Self said both Monday night after the game and again at a Tuesday morning news conference at the Alamodome that he would take calls from OSU.

"If somebody from OSU calls me, I'm gonna take the call,” Self said. "I know people down there. But they haven't contacted me.”

Self said his next step is to discuss his contract with athletic director Lew Perkins.

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