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By John Rohde Modified: April 8, 2008 at 10:28 am •  Published: April 8, 2008
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SAN ANTONIO — Roughly 90 minutes after winning the national championship Monday night, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self reiterated his previous suggestion that Oklahoma State look elsewhere for its next coach.

However, Self said he would listen if OSU officials showed an interest.

"If somebody from OSU calls me, I'm gonna take the call," Self said early Tuesday morning inside the Alamodome. "That's my alma mater. I know people down there. But they haven't contacted me.

"I've said this last week, I would recommend they go in a different direction. I still feel that. I'm not going to say that couldn’t potentially happen because I guess it potentially can."

Self said his next step will be to have contract discussions with KU athletic director Lew Perkins.

"I want to visit with my athletic director," Self said. "To be real honest with you, I love Kansas. I love my job here and hopefully it will be a situation where I can spend a long time here. I'm certainly not looking to leave, but Lew and I got to visit. I'm sure that'll happen in the next couple days."

Asked if he could say for sure he would be back at KU, Self said, "You need to talk to Lew Perkins probably more than me on that."

Standing outside in the hallway, Perkins refused comment on the situation.

"If this is about his contract, we're not going to talk about that," Perkins said to a handful of reporters. "Please don’t take away a great night. We're not going to talk about this."


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