Oklahoman Published: April 9, 2008
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t he would be in line for a hefty raise after winning a school-record 37 games and capturing a national championship even without Oklahoma State in the picture. Income from endorsements, basketball camps and speaking appearances will also escalate.

Self was expected to meet with Perkins and Chancellor Robert Hemenway soon, perhaps later this week. But Perkins said nothing was brewing as of Wednesday.

"We just got in last night from the Final Four," he told AP. "There's really nothing to comment on right now. My advice is for everybody to just relax for a couple of days and let us enjoy our national championship."

It's not the first time Perkins has faced such a challenge. While athletic director at Connecticut, he managed to hold onto Geno Auriemma, the Huskies' successful women's basketball coach.

"Lew is very competitive," said Johnson, the athletic director who hired Brown. "He will do all he can to make sure our athletic programs maintain their momentum."

After the Danny Manning-led Jayhawks won the '88 title, Johnson led a successful capital drive that brought millions into the athletic department.

"I haven't had anybody call this week and say, 'Boy, we've got to pony up and make this happen,'" said Johnson. "But I'm sure if they're called upon, our people will be there.

"If they're asked to make contributions, they will make contributions. Our athletic director and chancellor know the value that Bill has to our program. Bill has created a situation where he needs to be compensated for what he's done for this university, and he's done a lot."

Anderson said from his office in Santa Monica, Calif., that Kansas fans would be ready to step forward.

"I think we'll do all we can to retain him," he said. "I'm comfortable we will do our very best."

He declined to speculate on how much it might take to keep Self at Kansas.

"All Oklahoma State has to offer him is money. We're going to do our best to make him comfortable in staying. You work out a way to retain great people."


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