You’ve probably heard the rumor. It goes like this: Bill Self will leave Kansas for the Chicago Bulls. Many KU fans are talking about it. Even people who don’t care or don’t like Kansas are talking about it.
The rumor is hot among some KU donors, particularly after a gambling expert — the one Matthew McConaughey played in a movie! — reported it. Which was weird, but it happened, so we thought Self should be able to address it.
“The Bulls thing is as far-fetched …” he told the Star on Monday. “I don’t know where that came from. I’ve never talked to anybody from the Bulls about any employment opportunities. They have a coach and I’m not a candidate for that position and will not be.”
So … that’s a no. But it’s also true that Self’s name is often connected to NBA rumors this time of year. Makes sense. He’s accomplished plenty at Kansas: national championship, Final Fours and the longest conference title streak in the sport’s history. The NCAA is investigating KU, too, so maybe now would be a good time to get out and go to the next level.
The next question, then: Are you 100 percent sure you’ll be at Kansas next season?
“I don’t think you can ever say that, because if they decide to go a different direction I guess I won’t be,” Self said. “So I can’t say 100 percent. But here’s what I can say. I’m certainly not at all motivated to be anywhere else than right here, especially during these times.”
By “these times,” he means the NCAA’s pending investigation related to a federal probe into corruption in college basketball recruiting.