Although Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is probably the most powerful man in Lawrence, Kan., he’s not an official member of the search committee to replace departed Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger.
But that doesn’t mean Self doesn’t have some idea of what’s going on. According to the Kansas City Star’s Jesse Newell, Self says the discussion about potential candidates is still in “preliminary” stages.
“As far as names, things like that? No, I don’t believe there’s been near as much discussion on that as what some people would think,” Self said. “But I’m sure that’s going to get hot and heavy soon.”
Zenger was fired last week, largely because of a lack of fan enthusiasm and continued poor showings by the Jayhawks football team. Self leads the most successful program at Kansas, the men’s basketball team, which has won 14 straight Big 12 titles. Although he won’t be in the room when the decision to replace Zenger is made, Self said he hopes to have some knowledge of what the search committee is looking for.
“I would do anything that the chancellor asks of me to do,” Self said. “And certainly, I do hope that I’m somewhat in the know on what’s going on.”
Potential names for Kansas have been rumored to include former Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, who once led the College Football Playoff selection committee.