When Bill Self was hired in April of 2003, Jayhawks' fans everywhere hoped that he would be able to maintain KU Basketball's standard of excellence. The program was already one of the most storied in CBB history.
But, Self has not simply preserved the past. He has added significantly to the success.
When the announcement came yesterday via ESPN that KU was giving Self a contract extension and a raise, my immediate thought was that he has done it the old-fashioned way...He's earned it.
In nine seasons, he has posted a 269-53 record. That's a ridiculous 83.8 winning percentage.
After tying for second in his first season in Lawrence, the Jayhawks have strung together eight consecutive (outright or shared) regular season Big 12 Championships.
KU has also won five Big 12 Tournament Championships on Self's watch.
Self led Kansas to the 2008 NCAA Championship.
The coaching job that he and his staff did last year to get Kansas to the championship game was unbelievable.
Self also has three other trips to the Elite Eight and one to the Sweet 16 on his KU resume.
If you are a Jayhawks' fan, you should send Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger a thank-you note/message. Of all the decisions that he has made since becoming the KU A.D.in January of 2011, this one (to further lock up Self) was one of the best and most important.
Bill Self is well worth the money.