Kansas head coach Bill Self was awarded for arguably one of his finest coaching jobs, as the Associated Press named him Big 12 coach of the year. It’s the fourth time that honor has been bestowed upon Self in his 12 seasons at Kansas.
Despite injuries, youth and a team that was inconsistent at times, Self kept them together and playing at its usual high level. For that, the Jayhawks won yet another Big 12 regular season championship, their 11th consecutive to be exact and is poised to make another postseason run. While it wasn’t a surprise to many, don’t count Self as one of the many.
“I didn't know that until I was driving in and I was told that,” Self said. “That’s nice, but it is a reflection that you've got good players and good teams. I think there were several coaches that would deserve to be named that and nobody would have a problem with it because the league was so good and teams probably played to a higher level than what they were projected to early on.”
The Jayhawks begin play at this week’s Big 12 championship on Thursday. Many believe they are the odds on favorite to reclaim that title at Kansas City’s Sprint Center.