Kansas donors say they're willing to pay to keep coach Self Print
Written by Admin   
Wednesday, 09 April 2008 11:01
NCAAB Headline News


 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -If big bucks are needed to fend off Oklahoma State and keep Bill Self as the Jayhawks' basketball coach, wealthy Kansas donors seem ready to reach for their wallet.
``If they're going to need to raise a lot of money, I'm sure there will be many people step forward,'' Dana Anderson, a businessman/developer and prominent Kansas donor, told The Associated Press. ``Bill Self is a great individual and a great coach and he's perfect for Kansas.''
Immediately after Kansas beat Memphis in overtime Monday night for the NCAA championship, speculation intensified that oil and energy magnate T. Boone Pickens might be coming after the Jayhawks' coach on behalf of Oklahoma State.
An Oklahoma native who played for the Cowboys and was an assistant coach at the school, Self remains popular there.
Pickens, who once gave Oklahoma State's athletic department a $165 million donation, could probably outbid any single Kansas booster. But with an extensive alumni base and a love of athletics, the Jayhawks are not without financial firepower of their own.
Wealthy boosters already are paying for an extensive state-of-the-art football facility set to open this summer, including the Anderson Family Football Complex. Since Lew Perkins arrived as athletic director five years ago, the Jayhawks have raised millions for other capital improvements as well, including to Allen Fieldhouse.
Plus, Kansas fans are tired of losing coaches whose teams play in NCAA championship games. Larry Brown left for the NBA after winning the 1988 national championship, and Roy Williams heeded North Carolina's call just days after Syracuse beat Kansas for the 2003 title.
``I don't think people would want to see that happen again,'' said Monte Johnson, another prominent Kansas booster. ``Everybody wants to see Bill Self stay at Kansas.''
Self has said he does not want to leave Kansas, but that he wants security in the way of a long-term contract. He also said he would at least talk to the Cowboys should they call.
e.
Self was expected to meet with Perkins and Chancellor Robert Hemenway soon, perhaps later this week. But Perkins said nothing was brewing as of Wednesday.
``We just got in last night from the Final Four,'' he told AP. ``There's really nothing to comment on right now. My advice is for everybody to just relax for a couple of days and let us enjoy our national championship.''
It's not the first time Perkins has faced such a challenge. While athletic director at Connecticut, he managed to hold onto Geno Auriemma, the Huskies' successful women's basketball coach.
``Lew is very competitive,'' said Johnson, the athletic director who hired Brown. ``He will do all he can to make sure our athletic programs maintain their momentum.''
After the Danny Manning-led Jayhawks won the '88 title, Johnson led a successful capital drive that brought millions into the athletic department.
``I haven't had anybody call this week and say, `Boy, we've got to pony up and make this happen,''' said Johnson. ``But I'm sure if they're called upon, our people will be there.
``If they're asked to make contributions, they will make contributions. Our athletic director and chancellor know the value that Bill has to our program. Bill has created a situation where he needs to be compensated for what he's done for this university, and he's done a lot.''
Anderson said from his office in Santa Monica, Calif., that Kansas fans would be ready to step forward.
``I think we'll do all we can to retain him,'' he said. ``I'm comfortable we will do our very best.''
He declined to speculate on how much it might take to keep Self at Kansas.
``All Oklahoma State has to offer him is money,'' Anderson said. ``We're going to do our best to make him comfortable in staying. You work out a way to retain great people.''
 

NCAABB Team Pages

Top NCAABB Public Bets

View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

Recent NCAABB Discussions

NCAABB Futures

NCAA BASKETBALL TEAM MENS TOURNAMENT ODDS CURRENT
KENTUCKY 4/1
ARIZONA 8/1
DUKE 10/1
WISCONSIN 12/1
KANSAS 14/1
FLORIDA 14/1
NORTH CAROLINA 16/1
VILLANOVA 25/1
WICHITA STATE 28/1
LOUISVILLE 28/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com