LAWRENCE, Kan. – There was always a feeling that no matter what the NCAA had in store for Kansas basketball, Bill Self would be around to see the future. Although there was a ban after the season, reductions in scholarships, even a suspension of the Hall of Fame coach, KU was all in the fight against the NCAA and with Self in front of the prosecution.
Kansas made that feeling official Friday, when he included a 35-word clause in Selfs’ so-called lifetime contract. The surprise was that KU spelled out the support that said Self would not be fired “because of current violations.” That violations matter is possibly one of the greatest out there at the moment and one of the most significant in the school’s history.
KU is charged with five level I violations (the most serious) stemming from the FBI basketball scandal that erupted in September 2017. The NCAA called the violations “creepy” and “serious.” The NCAA says Self is responsible for violating the coaching responsibilities statute.
Myself and KU have maintained from the outset that they disagree with much of the NCAA allegations.
Self- and KU Chancellor Doug Girod addressed the unique nature of a lifetime deal on Wednesday in the middle of an NCAA investigation following the press conference to introduce the new AD Travis Goff.
The Chancellor explained [the contract] to the NCAA, “he told a small group of journalists on Wednesday. he talked to them before he did. It was not my call to decide what it looked like. It was the Chancellor who trusted the way we did things. I can not go into detail, but the media does not know what is happening with our NCAA investigation. Who really knows? Nor am I saying we know. “
Schools usually do not warn the NCAA about new coaching contracts. This may be different. Kansas officials are frustrated by the lengthy investigation that has hung over the program for more than three years, affecting recruitment. Kansas sources have indicated they are hoping for a solution to the matter by next season.
Even admitted to having seen some national setback against both the timing and nature of the contract.
“I’ve had people send me things from a national perspective. There were people who really came after me and got after university to make that decision,” Self said. “This was a decision that the Chancellors would make … Whether you like the timing or not, there have to be some basketball decisions going forward. You can not stop living because we have this other thing over our heads.”
However, eyebrows were raised when the announcement of the contract came the day before the Final Four, and while KU was still searching for an AD. The optics were obvious: KU was without AD for almost a month, but had time to sign the basketball coach for a new contract.
And then on Wednesday, KU explained how it had doubled on Even the same day that Arizona had fired Sean Miller. Arizona’s NCAA case also arose from the investigation of the Southern District of New York. Some claimed that Arizona stuck with Miller well past his expiration date. Announcement Wednesday: There is no expiration date for the self.
“It mostly came out that way,” Girod told CBS Sports regarding the contract. “We’ve been working on it for a while. And then we hit a transition period and did not want to lose our momentum. We did not want to put it on the new guy either. [Goff]. It is not fair. We have been in this for several months. We wanted the new guy to know it was not something he was going to struggle with for months. “
The deal was carried out between Self, Girod, the two-party lawyers and interim AD Kurt Watson. It replaced a 10-year deal signed in 2012. That deal had less than a year to go on.
There was speculation in the industry where the contract perhs had turned down some KU AD candidates. Not that they wanted to fire themselves, but the agreement questioned what kind of autonomy the new AD would have.
“I’m glad it was done on Friday, and I did not have to be the guy who did it,” Goff said with a smile, “not because I did not want it, but because it was such a clear demonstration from Chancellor Girod and the Kansas community that Bill was our basketball coach. “
Even pushed back by the “lifetime” label attached to the contract. This word bulbs in the agreement, which is essentially a series of five-year transfer contracts. If Self is fired for no reason, he owes only one year’s salary – $ 5.41 million.
“Is it guaranteed in life? The answer is, no,” Self said. “It’s guaranteed for a year. It’s a lifetime agreement as long as we do what we have to do. If we do not, there are decisions that can be easily made.”
Adding to the length of the current investigation, Kansas was one of the first cases placed in the NCAA’s new third-party settlement process. Then COVID-19 hit. That Independent settlement process for accountability has been criticized for postponing decisions because its members come from outside the NCAA and sometimes have to be taught violations of NCAA rules.
Kansas has been publicly and consistently at odds with the heart of the NCAA allegations. The association has said that Self- and Assistant Kurtis Townsend “embraced, greeted and encouraged” Adidas to influence recruits to sign with Kansas.
One of Self’s lawyers is already registered threatens to sue the NCAA.
Last year, Self went in depth with CBS Sports regarding his future and the accusations.