University of Kansas head coach Bill Self has been at the center of some rumors lately. Speculation that he'll be leaving college to go coach the Chicago Bulls next season has been making the rounds. Speaking to Sam Mellinger of KansasCity.com, Self has dispelled those rumors.
“The Bulls thing is as far-fetched …” he told the Star on Monday. “I don’t know where that came from. I’ve never talked to anybody from the Bulls about any employment opportunities. They have a coach and I’m not a candidate for that position and will not be.”
Self certainly isn't the first college coach to have rumors like this flying around about him, and he won't be the last.
This seems like a yearly tradition now, as the best coaches in college basketball (and football) are always rumored to take over for professional franchises that need a boost. They're usually baseless, and it's usually pretty obvious.
Does anyone really ever believe that Coach K is leaving Duke? Or that Nick Saban is leaving Alabama? Most of the time, it's fairly easy to sniff out the false rumors, as they involve coaches that are institutions at their current program.
Self has been the head coach at Kansas since 2003. In that time, the Jayhawks' record under him is 472-105 and they've made the NCAA Tournament in all 16 seasons.
Of those 16 seasons, Kansas has been the regular-season Big 12 champions 14 times and Conference Tournament champions eight times. They've been to the Final Four three times and won the NCAA championship once.
Of course, this year is still up for grabs, as they enter the tournament as a 4-seed.
The Bulls, on the other hand may not be on the market for a coach this offseason. Jim Boylen took over midseason and Chicago is 15-33 under their interim coach.
While that record isn't good by any stretch of the imagination, the rocky start he had (especially his relationship with Zach LaVine) seems to have smoothed itself out.
There's a solid chance the Bulls decide to give him a chance to start the year fresh next season.
One thing's for certain, however: The next head coach of the Chicago Bulls won't be Bill Self. At least, that's what he says.