The Greatness of Self

As someone who has been a Kansas Jayhawks fan all my life, I am a huge admirer of Bill Self. From the stuff he runs, to his recruiting, to the way he represents the program, he is a great role model to emulate in the coaching profession.

With his recent 200th victory at Phog Allen Fieldhouse, Self has now over 200 wins and just 9 losses at home as the Head Coach of the Jayhawks.

Here is an excellent article by CBS Sports, Matt Norlander, dissecting the nine losses:

More impressive than this though is what I saw at the end of last night’s game vs. Kansas State. Kansas was on the verge of winning yet another home game and dribbling the ball out, when KU’s Brannen Greene dunked the ball as time expired.

My first thought was “did I just see a Bill Self team do that?” My second thought was did anyone on K-State see that?

Well, here was Coach Self’s response to that act:

This is just another example of why Coach Self is one of the top three coaches in college basketball, in my opinion.

First, he apologized. Second, he addressed the act as foolish. Lastly, I would not be surprised if Greene does not dress for a game or two.

Nobody is bigger than the program. If Coach Self addresses acts against the program (albeit, Greene is not a starter and he has a wealth of talent on his bench), every coach should follow his lead.

Follow Bert DeSalvo on Twitter @CoachDeSalvo


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