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Your Black Sports: Kansas Coach Gets $30M – Player Families Nothing

by on August 7, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Bill Self, who guided Kansas to its first NCAA championship in 20 years, has signed a 10-year, $30 million contract meant to keep him with the Jayhawks for the rest of his career.

The deal signed Wednesday had been in the works since April, when Self’s Jayhawks came from nine points down in the final minutes to beat Memphis in a thrilling title game and he subsequently turned down an offer to return to Oklahoma State, his alma mater.

Kansas and Self said in April he had agreed to the deal while the details were worked on. Kansas also agreed to big raises for his staff as well as improvements on the school’s basketball facilities.

This summer, Kansas opened a new $31 million football complex. Improvements to Allen Fieldhouse and other facilities, including basketball training rooms and locker rooms, are expected to be in the same neighborhood.


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