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Billy Eugene Self Jr.[3] (born December 27, 1962) is an American basketball coach. He is the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Kansas, a position he has held since 2003. During his 18 seasons as head coach, he has led the Jayhawks to 15 Big 12 regular season championships, including a share of an NCAA record 14 consecutive Big 12 regular season championships (2005–2018).[4] He has also led the Jayhawks to three NCAA Final Four appearances (2008, 2012, 2018), and the 2008 NCAA championship. Self was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.[5] Self, as of the end of the 2020–21 season, has the 19th most wins among Division I coaches in NCAA history and 6th among active head coaches.[6] He is the second-winningest coach in Kansas history, behind only Hall of Famer Phog Allen.

American basketball player and coach

Bill Self

Self in 2016
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Kansas
Conference Big 12
Record 527–119 (.816)
Annual salary $4.0 Million
Biographical details
Born (1962-12-27) December 27, 1962 (age 58)
Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Playing career
1981–1985 Oklahoma State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1986 Kansas (assistant)
1986–1993 Oklahoma State (assistant)
1993–1997 Oral Roberts
1997–2000 Tulsa
2000–2003 Illinois
2003–present Kansas
Head coaching record
Overall 734–224 (.766)
Tournaments 49–21 (.700)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Awards
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2017 (profile)

As coach at Kansas, Self has a record of 277–15 (.948 win percentage) at historic Allen Fieldhouse. In his tenure at Kansas, Self has had 3 home winning streaks of more than 30 wins including a school-record and 11th-best all-time 69 game streak.[7] During his tenure at Kansas, he has recruited several McDonald’s All-Americans to Kansas, including Mario Chalmers, Darrell Arthur, Xavier Henry, Andrew Wiggins, Cliff Alexander, Wayne Selden Jr., Cheick Diallo, and Josh Jackson. Under Self, Kansas rarely loses consecutive games, only thirteen times since taking over.[citation needed] Self is 96–13 following a loss at Kansas and has only had two three game losing streaks and has never lost more than three games in a row.[citation needed] Self’s teams at Kansas are also consistently ranked. As of March 7, 2020, Kansas has only played 38 of his 610 games as head coach unranked.[citation needed]

Self has implemented a strong high-low motion offense using size as an advantage in the paint, and a pressing man to man defense on all his teams from his early coaching days at the University of Tulsa through the present.[8] He has also shown great adaptability on the court and has implemented sometimes drastic adjustments as needed to his defensive schemes with various degrees of success.[9] Despite Self’s consistency, many reporters have questioned his abilities in the NCAA Tournament because of his 3–7 record in the elite eight.[10] Self has taken Kansas to eight Elite 8 appearances in his 18 seasons at KU, which is the most visits to that round of the tournament in that time frame.[citation needed]

Self was the 10th highest paid NCAA basketball coach as of 2020.[11] He signed a lifetime contract extension with the Jayhawks in 2021.[12]

In September 2019, Self and the Kansas program were served a Notice of Allegations by the NCAA for five Level 1 violations, a head coach responsibility charge against Self personally, and a lack of institutional control charge against the University of Kansas. Self’s individual punishments could include a suspension[13] or an effective ban from college basketball for several years or more (a “show cause” penalty against any program looking to hire Self).[14] Self has denied throughout the investigation that the Kansas coaching staff knew Adidas was paying recruits to go there.[15]

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Self was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, where his father was the girls’ basketball coach at nearby Morris High School. Self attended Edmond Memorial High School, where he was named Oklahoma High School Basketball Player of the Year in 1981.[16] He received a basketball scholarship to play at Oklahoma State University. He was a letter winner all four years he played. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1985 and a master’s degree in athletic administration in 1989, both from Oklahoma State.[17]

In 1985, Self joined Larry Brown‘s coaching staff at the University of Kansas. He remained at Kansas as an assistant coach for the 1985–1986 season. Between 1986 and 1993, Self was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State University under Leonard Hamilton, followed by Eddie Sutton.

Self’s first head coaching position came at Oral Roberts who hired him in 1993. In his first season at ORU, the team managed only six wins/victories. Things improved slightly the following year, when ORU won ten games. In Self’s third season, he guided the Golden Eagles to an 18–9 record, and in his fourth season, (1996–1997), ORU registered a 21–7 record as the school made its first postseason tournament appearance since its 1983–1984 appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.[18]

After rebuilding the Golden Eagles, Self was hired by crosstown rival Tulsa and spent three seasons (1998 to 2000) there, compiling a Tulsa-best 74–27 record. While at TU, Self coached the Golden Hurricane to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 1999 and 2000. In the 1999–2000 season, in addition to setting a school single-season record for victories by compiling a 32–5 record, Self led the Golden Hurricane to its first-ever Elite Eight appearance.[19]

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On June 9, 2000, Illinois named Self the head coach of their basketball program. Self’s predecessor, Lon Kruger, had recently left the Illinois program to accept a job in the NBA as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks.

In 2000–01, his first season at Illinois, Self coached a squad of mostly Kruger recruits to a 27–8 record (13–3 conference record), a share of the Big Ten title, and a final Associated Press ranking of 4th in the nation, resulting in the Fighting Illini earning a number 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Self coached Illinois guards Frank Williams and Cory Bradford, along with guard/forward Sergio McClain, forward Brian Cook, and center Marcus Griffin, to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. The Illini failed to advance beyond the Elite Eight after falling to eventual tournament finalists number 2 seeded Arizona. The 2000–01 Illini roster included future NBA players Frank Williams, Robert Archibald and Brian Cook. With mostly the same core, Illinois followed up the season with impressive 2001–02 and 2002–03 campaigns, but fell in the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen in 2002 to Kansas, and the second round in 2003 to Notre Dame.

Self was responsible for the recruitment of many of the 2005 Fighting Illini team, which won the Big Ten title under Bruce Weber.[20] Weber replaced Self prior to the 2003–04 season and coached 2005 Fighting Illini to an NCAA record-tying 37–2 record before falling to North Carolina in the NCAA championship game. In Self’s three seasons in Illinois, he led the Fighting Illini to two Big Ten regular-season championships, a Big Ten Tournament title, and three straight NCAA tournament appearances.

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