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By John Rohde Modified: April 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm •  Published: April 10, 2008
Oklahoma State graduate Bill Self has turned down an offer to return to his alma mater and will remain at Kansas as men's basketball coach.

A 4:30 p.m. news conference was scheduled in Lawrence to announce his decision.

"Timing is so much of everything," Self said one hour before the news conference. "This is where we need to be. This is where we want to be right now."

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

He drove home to Lawrence and discussed the matter with his family that night.

Self slept on his decision, visited again with wife Cindy in the morning and called Holder early Thursday afternoon to say he was staying at Kansas.

"You talk about an impressive guy," Self said of Holder. "And I'm just not 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 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.

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