Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part, as a Missouri fan.
Maybe it's the past experience I had with Bill Self as a former Illinois fan.
Or maybe it's just that T. Boone Pickens will donate a hefty sum of money to get Self back to Oklahoma State, where Self played his college ball.
Whatever it is, I think Self will be on the sidelines in Stillwater, not Lawrence, come next November.
There have been rumblings since Sean Sutton was fired that Self was going to be offered the head coaching position at Oklahoma State, but Self categorically denied that he would even consider it.
Well, that's understandable. It's not like he was in the middle of a championship run or anything.
Now that he's won his championship and accomplished all he can at Kansas, will he take on a new challenge at his alma mater?
Call it a hunch, but I think he does. It's not like Self is deeply committed to Kansas–I mean, everybody thought he was committed to Illinois, and look what happened.
Back in 2003, Self stated that he had no intention of leaving the Illini after Roy Williams left kU for the head coaching job at North Carolina. Within ten days, Self was a Jayhawk.
It didn't matter to Self that he had a commitment from Charlie Villanueva to play at Illinois, which Villanueva understandably reneged upon after Self left. It didn't matter to Self that he was leaving behind a promising group of young players that included James Augustin, Luther Head, Dee Brown, and Deron Williams, who all played huge parts in the Illini's run to the 2005 NCAA title game.
Basically, what I'm getting at is that there's no guarantee that Self will stay with Kansas. He could pull a Les Miles and gouge kU for all the money they have, though, but in the end, I think he bolts for Stillwater.
I'm willing to eat lots and lots of crow on this one if Self comes out tomorrow and signs a massive long-term extension with kU, but until that happens or Oklahoma State hires another coach, I'll stick to my hunch that Self will be coaching there come next season.