Bill Self Gets Brutally Honest About Kansas Future
Bill Self got brutally honest about Kansas’ future during an interview this week.
The Jayhawks have been forced to deal with a lot of issues over the past year.
Following last season’s disappointing NCAA Tournament loss to Auburn, the wheels came off the car.
Most recently Kansas found itself embroiled in a massive on-the-court brawl with Kansas State. Before that, it faced an NCAA investigation and sparked controversy with a Midnight Madness Show featuring Snoop Dogg.
Between all these issues, Self noted that his program’s reputation had taken a bit of a hit.
Speaking to ESPN college basketball Rece Davis, Self acknowledged that mistakes were made.
“I think the image of the program has taken a hit in recent memory, without question,” he said.
“I think the image of the program has taken a hit in recent memory, without question.”
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“I think that’s a fair question to ask. I do know this when you talk about image of a program in large part — you look at individuals, you look at kids.
“And of course you look at the staff. The staff, of course, myself is implicated in the NCAA allegations or the potential allegations of potential infractions with what transpired through individuals that work for Adidas,” he continued.
“We know that. I know the truth on that, and I hope the truth prevails, but everybody is entitled to an opinion about that because there is evidence linking us into it without question, through text messages or what not. I know that, I own that. So, our time will come.”
Self realizes that last week’s brawl only contributed to Kansas’ issues.
“Our players had something to do with this the other day. That’s a negative cloud. I, my staff, hold the responsibility of the cloud.
“But it’s certainly not players. Nobody’s got better players in their program than we do,” he added.
“This program has is solid as it ever has been. The thing that I think in coaching, you go through peaks and valleys. And we’ve been in a valley. I don’t think that it’s a valley that we can’t get out of or climb out of.”
Kansas currently has a 15-3 overall record and sits in second place in the Big 12 behind Baylor. It remains to be seen if the program can figure out a way to right the ship before its too late.