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Originally published January 15, 2013 at 11:58a.m., updated January 16, 2013 at 04:06p.m.

Bill Self to be inducted into Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

Kansas head coach Bill Self gets a quick talk with his players during the second half on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self gets a quick talk with his players during the second half on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self is one of seven people in the 2013 induction class for the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb announced Tuesday.

Self will be inducted Aug. 5, 2013, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been inducted into anything like that. It’s a great honor,” Self said. “I’m really proud of my state and respect all the people in different sports and different areas that have contributed to the rich sports history of Oklahoma.”

Self will be inducted along with Wayne Baughman (University of Oklahoma wrestling), Clay Bennett (owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder), Nadia Comaneci (Olympic gold medal gymnast), LeRoy Gutowski (Oklahoma City University and NFL standout), Jimmy Harris (Oklahoma football) and John Henry Ward (Oklahoma State University two-sport All-American).

Self, who grew up in Edmond, Okla., was selected as the Oklahoma High School Basketball Player of the Year in 1981 while at Edmond Memorial High School. Born in Okmulgee, Okla., Self went on to play at Oklahoma State under coach Paul Hansen from 1982-85. While at OSU, he was a four-year letterwinner and was an All-Big Eight freshman selection.

Self began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Kansas for the 1985-86 season under head coach Larry Brown. He then returned to his alma mater and served as an assistant coach at OSU under Leonard Hamilton and Eddie Sutton from 1986-93. Self’s first head coaching job was at Oral Roberts in 1993-94. His second head coaching stint came four seasons after ORU as he moved across town to Tulsa in 1997-98, guiding the Golden Hurricane to an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance in 2000.

In 2000-01, Self left his home state and took over the coaching job at Illinois, directing the Illini to two conference titles and an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance in 2001.

Self came to Kansas in 2003-04 and in his nine seasons prior to 2012-13 has steered the Jayhawks to the eight straight Big 12 regular-season titles, five Big 12 postseason championships, two Final Fours, one NCAA national championship and one NCAA runner-up finish. The four-time Big 12 Coach of the Year (2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012) has twice been named the national coach of the year (2009 and 2012) while at KU.

From 2007-12, Kansas won more games in a six-year span, 197-29, than any other program in NCAA Div. I history. Self is 284-54 (84 percent) in his 10th season at Kansas and 491-159 (75.5 percent) in his 20th season overall.

Comments

demomoke 1 year, 3 months ago

I get that, but what is the definition of "native," Jesse?

I was born in Houston, Texas, which makes me a native of that place.

I was brought up in Coffeyville, Kansas, and that is my hometown. I am not a Coffeyville native, however.

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demomoke 1 year, 3 months ago

First of all, congrats to HCBS.

But really, LJW?

"A native of Edmond, Okla., Self was selected as the Oklahoma High School Basketball Player of the Year in 1981 while at Edmond Memorial High School. Born in Okmulgee, Okla., Self went on to play at Oklahoma State under coach Paul Hansen from 1982-85. While at OSU, he was a four-year letterwinner and was an All-Big Eight freshman selection."

So he's a native of Edmond, but he was born in Okmulgee? Journalism fail.

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Phoghorn 1 year, 3 months ago

Hopefully Coach Ford will bring OSU back to their glory days. If not, I suspect that Coach Self and the OSU officials have another guy in mind. He already coaches at a nearby university. To find his name, just fill in the missing blanks:

Coach D_nn_ M_nn_ng

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 3 months ago

Don't worry about Bill going to OSU. The force that would bring him there [Pickens], is the same reason Bill won't go [Pickens calls the shots in Stillwater...HCBS prefers to call his own shots!!]

PS Have any of you ever been to Stillwater? Just the town's name tells the story.....a pond covered with scum. [Still, it looks like Beverly Hills compared to Waco!! :) ]

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William Blake 1 year, 3 months ago

Congrats, Coach Self! Amazing how he goes down to Oklahoma every year and gives them a beatdown and they turn around and honor him.

That says plenty. I believe it's more than his winning percentage. Bill remains a humble man and talks a straight game. He always works hard and represents the university and the State of Kansas in an honorable fashion. Evidently, he's left the same impression in Oklahoma.

Rock Chalk, Coach Self!

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mikehawk 1 year, 3 months ago

It is sad Paul Hanson has become a little referred to after thought in the coaching ranks, especially here in Oklahoma. That is what happens when you fall somewhere between Henry Iba and Eddie Sutton. The moniker most used to describe him was "great coach who can't recruit." However, he did recruit Coach, and for those of you who can't remember via loss of memory or because you weren't born, Bill Self was a heck of a point guard with a deadly outside shot.

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jayhawkdon 1 year, 3 months ago

I wanted Bill the first time Roy played around with Carolina.

There is NO way he goes to Okie State, everyone needs to relax.

Congrats Coach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Matt Gauntt 1 year, 3 months ago

Awesome award and well deserved. Congrats HCBS.

Note to Oklahoma: You can't have him back.

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jaybate 1 year, 3 months ago

Self deserves his own wing.

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Kent Wells 1 year, 3 months ago

I see this as a brown-nosing play by T. Boone to lure Coach Self to the dark side. Refuse it coach!

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skijamin 1 year, 3 months ago

If this team were to lose every game remaining this season, Self would still post an average of 28.4 wins per season. 16 more wins will bring that up to 30/ season. Unparalleled success. Period.

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Displayhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Is Bill Self already in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame??? If not, then he should be! I would think he has already done enough to deserve the honor.

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JayhawkPurist 1 year, 3 months ago

A well-deserved honor. Next in line: Springfield.

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jayhawkinnc 1 year, 3 months ago

Yea....Doherty did indeed butcher Self's bio last week. He messed it up once, then the tried to correct himself and he was all over the place and goofed it up again! Hope this helps Matt D!

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jayhawkinnc 1 year, 3 months ago

LJW,

Self's record at KU is 284-54. Not 275-54 (an .840 winning percentage, not .836) Hope this helps. Just trying to give coach his proper credit. :)

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nuleafjhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Be glad I wasn't the Athletic Director at KU when Self was hired.

I remember thinking "really - this is the best guy they can come up with?"

We are so lucky (I'll even make that "blessed") to have him for our coach. He's a first class man and a first class coach. His record is so good it's almost obscene.

I already can't wait until next year, just so I can read the comments about how he can't recruit.

Honestly, I think he could recruit by picking names out of a hat and still coach them to a Conference Championship and deep into the NCAA's.

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swunruhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Someone should forward this to Matt Daugherty. He butchered Self's bio on TV last week. Congrats to coach. He deserves it.

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 3 months ago

300 for KU, 500 for career...Nadia Comaneci WTF....he better get into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame because he sure isn't in it right now!!.....most famous Okie, Will Rogers or Mickey Mantle???....record outside of Kansas, 207 - 105, record inside of Kansas 283 - 54...middle name is Anthony. Since that's my middle name also, from now on he will be Coach Tony to me!!!!

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Adam Evans 1 year, 3 months ago

Didn't realize Self was going to get to 500 this year. Pretty awesome.

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Ryan Shelton 1 year, 3 months ago

One of the first of many HOF's to come Coach Self's way. Rock Chalk!

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CWGOKU 1 year, 3 months ago

Nadia Comaneci? Must have moved to Oklahoma or something because she isn't a local girl.

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kufankam 1 year, 3 months ago

as an okie resident and an avid jayhawk fan - this is AWESOME!!

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