It would be pretty easy to say that the 2007-08 season was Bill Self’s best coaching job at Kansas.
After all, the Jayhawks won the national championship that year in dominating fashion, and never ranked below No. 6 in the AP Poll all season. It was Kansas’ first national title since 1988, and Self broke through after years of close calls in the Roy Williams era.
But that title team was stacked — two Jayhawks that year made First Team All-Big 12, and Mario Chalmers wasn’t even one of them.
This year, however, Self has turned around a team he was convinced in December was “soft” and “not great” into one of the last six teams standing in the NCAA Tournament as of Sunday morning. The Jayhawks rallied to overtake Texas Tech and win their 14th straight Big 12 regular season title, and then went ahead and won the Big 12 Tournament for good measure.
It’s enough for CBS Sports’ Reid Forgrave to declare that a Final Four appearance would be enough to make the 2017-18 season the best coaching job of Self’s career.
“If Self can make a Final Four with this flawed group — and certainly if he can win an unlikely national title with this flawed group — this will go down as the greatest coaching job of his career, perhaps one of the best coaching jobs we’ve seen in quite some time,” Forgrave wrote. “Nothing soft about that.”
Kansas will square off against Duke in the Elite Eight at 4:05 p.m. CT Sunday on CBS.