LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) — The University of Kansas has signed men’s basketball coach Bill Self to a lifetime contract, <a href=”https://kuathletics.com/kansas-signs-mens-basketball-head-coach-bill-self-to-lifetime-contract/” target=”_blank”>the school announced</a> Friday morning.
Self’s contract had been due to expire next March. The new deal is a five-year rolling contract that automatically adds one year at the end of each season, for the remainder of the coach’s career.
The coach’s previous deal gave him an average of $7.15 million per year. Self has led the Jayhawks to three Final Fours since taking over as head coach in 2003. His 2008 team won the NCAA Tournament.
News of Self’s lifetime contract comes one day after legendary North Carolina head coach Roy Williams announced his retirement. Williams was the head coach at Kansas before Self’s tenure in Lawrence. He brought Kansas and North Carolina to a combined nine Final Fours.
The university released statements from Self, the school chancellor and the athletic director concerning the coach’s new lifetime contract:
Chancellor Doug Girod:
“For almost 20 years, Coach Self has embodied the spirit and tradition of the University of Kansas, leading our men’s basketball program to a national championship, 15 Big 12 titles and 17 NCAA Tournament appearances. We believe in Coach Self and we believe in the future of our program under his leadership, and we are thrilled that he will continue to be a Jayhawk for the rest of his coaching career.”
Interim athletic director Kurt Watson:
“Bill Self has meant a tremendous amount to the University of Kansas and our entire Lawrence community throughout his 18 seasons. He has changed the lives of so many young men that have played for him throughout his nearly 30 years as a head coach. I have known Bill for many years, but working closely with him over the past few weeks in my current role has shown me even more so on a daily basis how deeply he cares about this program. We are certainly proud that he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at KU in 1985 and that this new contract will ensure he finishes his coaching career here as well.”
Coach Bill Self:
“I want to extend my sincere appreciation to Chancellor Girod, Kurt Watson, and the rest of the leadership at KU for their belief and faith in me to provide this lifetime contract. Every day, I am reminded just how fortunate I am to lead this storied program and there truly is no place else I would rather be. As we continue to work through the challenges facing our program, we look forward to moving ahead and focusing on our bright future. I would also like to express my gratitude to our alumni and donors, as well as the best fans and students in the nation, that have supported my family and me for the past 18 seasons. I’m excited to remain your basketball coach and compete for many championships in the future.”