Three days after winning the NCAA championship, Kansas coach Bill Self said no thanks to Oklahoma State, his alma mater, and agreed to a lucrative contract extension that could keep him at Kansas for the rest of his career.
"Home called," Self said. "And we love home. But this is home now."
The 45-year-old Self, an Oklahoma native who played for the Cowboys and was an assistant coach there at the beginning of his career, met with Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder Wednesday night for about two hours.
After conferring with Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins for several hours on Thursday, Self called Holder and told him of his decision.
"There was never serious interest on our part in leaving the University of Kansas," said Self, who has won 142 games, four Big 12 titles and a national championship in five highly successful seasons with the Jayhawks.
Perkins, at a news conference with Self and chancellor Robert Hemenway, declined to give details of the deal. But it will include raises for assistant coaches and an extensive upgrading of the school's aging facilities.
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