After NCAA Championship: A Choke, a Smile, and a Huge Payday for Bill Self

John FalcettaSenior Analyst IApril 8, 2008

Memphis choked away a National Title last night.  There is no way around that.

Does that take away from the Kansas Jayhawks' accomplishment?

Not a chance.

Kansas coach Bill Self has taken a lot of heat over the last few years, especially with his lack of tournament success at Kansas after leaving the University of Illinois.

Even last weekend, he was just one missed three-pointer away from losing yet again to a double-digit seed and putting the fire directly under his chair.

What a difference eight days and two three-point shots make?

Self now has fulfilled his promise at Kansas and, in turn, will be a very wealthy man. 

Self has two outstanding options for his career.  He can stay at Kansas, where he is now loved and is expected to win more titles, or he can go home.  Home would be Oklahoma State where Self played college ball and grew up.

There is also the huge payday that will await him there.

Oklahoma State has the backing of T. Boone Pickens, an OSU grad, with plenty of money to donate.

The Cowboys want desperately to be a big-time program, and will spend as much of Mr. Pickens' donation money as it takes.

Enter Bill Self.  What a great position to be in, the ultimate win-win.

No matter what Self chooses, he will get paid well for his future.

Kansas will likely give him a long-term extension with a big annual raise to compete with OSU.

They may not be able to match the Cowboys' cash, but they can offer Self the chance to be a major player on the major stage, and even collect a few more rings in the coming years. 

OSU offers the chance to go home, be a hero, and get rich.

What a reversal of fortunes for Bill Self.