After winning the national title I joked with Bill Self’s wife Cindy about all the things that would follow a stop at the top of the college basketball world – even more demands on Self’s time, getting invites to places they hadn’t been, doing the talk show circuit, and writing a book.
It was on that night in April I learned the KU head coach was working
on a way to chronicle the story of his rather quick rise to the top.
With author John Rohde’s help the book has finally come to
“John Rohde and myself we’ve been talking about
doing one for a long time and actually almost started a couple of times
before. We thought the time was right to do something.”
The next obstacle Rohde, who is a sportswriter for the Daily Oklahoman,
and Self faced was to pick a starting and ending point for the book.
“We really didn’t know what direction we would take
- just a seasonal deal, or a KU deal. We decided to go ahead and make
it more of a post graduate story at the different stops and the things
that go along with being at a place, leaving a place, and starting from
scratch at a new place,” said Self.
Every coach has a story to tell but Self’s is intriguing
because the Oklahoma native rose to the top of the profession so
quickly and did it in the national spotlight along the way.
“John and I have spent a lot of time together and compiled a
lot of thoughts, stories. It basically starts with how I became a
(graduate assistant) coach at Kansas,” Self told Phog.net.
“So it will go from that time to going back to Oklahoma Sate
as an assistant, to ORU, to Tulsa, to Illinois, to Kansas and basically
the things that happened at each of those stops.”
So after months of work, I met with Self this summer and was anxious to
hear what was included in his autobiography. He spoke proudly of the
work he and Rohde had done and was convinced that it was a book fans
would like to read. He also fired off a couple of juicy tidbits I
shared with our readers back in July but now KU fans have a chance to
read it for themselves.
What was it like to follow Roy Williams after a legendary career in
Lawrence? And what does Self think about Roy’s appearance at
the national championship game? Self is amazingly candid in this book
and admits he “shared some things he hasn’t talked
about before.” He also speaks about Bruce Weber’s
comments after following Self at Illinois, plus he takes you inside
KU’s first title run in 20 years. If you’ve ever
wanted to get inside the mind of one of the game’s most
successful coaches this is the way to do it. It’s open.
It’s honest. It takes you step-by-step through the highs and
lows of Self’s career and what turned KU into the team they
were on that historic night in April.
Self will do his part to promote the book after its release and also
during the holiday break but as you might know, this is a busy time for
the 6th year head coach. Self is extremely pleased that they found a
way to get the book to stores before the start of the 2008-2009 season
and before the holiday rush.
“He (John Rohde) basically wrote the book - with my help. It
was a good experience, it was one that I can say wasn’t that
time consuming. But it still took a lot of hours to put the thing
together and for John to be able to turn it in the time he has is
pretty remarkable to get it out before the season and before the
holiday season,” Self marveled.
Self’s book, “Bill Self: At Home In The
Phog” hits the shelves on October 1st and will give Kansas
fans yet another way to relive the title run. Proceeds will go to
Self’s Assists Foundation. If you would like to purchase the
book go to https://custombooks.ascendmedia.com/Details.aspx?id=4
- to visit Self’s foundation website go to
www.assistyouth.org . You can also purchase the book there and check
out upcoming events to benefit the foundation.
Self's New Book Will Be a Hit
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