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Kansas’ Self to be Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame

University of Kansas men's basketball head coach Bill Self at KU Traditions Night.

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

University of Kansas men's basketball head coach Bill Self at KU Traditions Night. Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


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This Friday, Sept. 8, the University of Kansas (KU) men’s basketball head coach Bill Self will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Self will be joining four other Naismith Hall of Fame inductees that have served as KU’s head coach.

Self’s induction is a recognition of his nine Elite Eight appearances, two Final Four appearances, 2008 National Championship and 13 straight Big 12 Conference regular-season championships. He has coached 33 players who have played for a team in the NBA.

Self, the former head coach at the Universities of Tulsa and Illinois, has won 76.3 percent of the games he has coached, according to Sports Reference. According to USA Today, Self has lost just 10 total games in Allen Fieldhouse as KU’s head coach in his 14 years at the helm.

Bill Self’s staggering success as a basketball coach has propelled him to a level of recognition which only 100 other coaches have attained, according to the Naismith Hall of Fame. He will be inducted following a speech by former KU head coach Larry Brown. This award likely will not shift Self’s focus from his team, however, because as Self himself said upon winning Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2009, “I care a lot more about winning a championship as a group than any individual award.”

 

Co-Editor-in-Chief of the KMC Crusade staff, Thomas Searl

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