1:00 p.m. (CDT) Update: Self to Kansas: A done deal
A source close to Illinois coach Bill Self has told ESPN.com's Andy Katz that Self has accepted the head-coaching job at Kansas and will travel to Lawrence, Kan., on Sunday afternoon to meet with school officials. Read more here
Sources told the newspaper that Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther ''is resigned to the fact that he's going to lose Bill," and that Guenther is prepared to start his search for a new coach Monday.
This was just too much. The gushing never ends. Illinois assistant Tim Jankovich, who's known his boss Bill Self for what seems like forever, had his feet propped up. He was trying to explain why Self might be the most sought-after coach in America, the man Jerry Tarkanian called the "best young coach in the game."
If the race for Bill Self was a tug-of-war contest, as of early this morning it appeared Kansas University was close to knocking Illinois into the center pit.
KU chancellor Robert Hemenway talked by phone with Self early Saturday night, but nothing was finalized then. That may leave the Jayhawks with another sleepless night. "Let me put it this way: I haven't put too many wrinkles in my pajamas," KU interim athletic director Drue Jennings said earlier Saturday. "We're moving as fast as circumstances allow us."
Self is expected to break the news to his players this evening when they return from Easter holiday. That's a big reason Self--who returned home early Friday from a family vacation in Miami--has been trying to conceal his decision. Self, whose warm personality quickly won over fans and media throughout the state, apparently reached the decision Saturday afternoon.