Monday, September 8, 2014

Self bonds with buddy Garth Brooks

KU coach Bill Self, right, and wife Cindy Self, left, went to college at Oklahoma State with country music icon Garth Brooks, center.

KU coach Bill Self, right, and wife Cindy Self, left, went to college at Oklahoma State with country music icon Garth Brooks, center.


Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self didn’t sing a duet with college buddy/country icon Garth Brooks on Friday night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

Self did sit in the second row, however, with his wife, Cindy, and enjoy the start of superstar Brooks’ World Tour.

And Saturday morning, Self spent some quality time with his pal, assisting at a Brooks charity basketball camp at Elk Grove High School in suburban Chicago.

“What I love about it is that Bill and I went to college at the same time, I was in the same dorm, sweet guy then, sweet guy now,” the 52-year-old Brooks told the Barrington Courier-Review.

The two Oklahoma State grads Saturday worked with 150 youths from the local Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army and Oasis Trailer Park.

Self, 51, told the Journal-World at Saturday night’s KU-Southeast Missouri football game that Brooks holds camps in various sports, bringing in a person familiar with that sport, in the towns in which he holds concerts.

“Now that we’re back on tour, the parties are back in every city,” Brooks, who sponsors the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, told the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. “I love these kids.”

Of Self’s role at camp, Brooks said: “Just always a winner. He’s teaching these kids how to love one another and be teammates.”

Self has enjoyed his longstanding friendship with Brooks.

“We played together on the same softball team for seven years (in 1980s),” Self told the Daily Herald at Saturday’s camp.

“This is his show,” Self added in praising Brooks for his work with charity. “Sometimes it’s good not to be the quarterback and be a good teammate. That’s what I’m doing right now, being a good teammate.”

As far as Garth’s concert, Self said told the J-W: “It was great. He had two shows (Friday). There’s 20,000 people. They clear the building, and he does it again. (He’s) pretty incredible.”

Self’s message to the campers as reported by the Barrington paper: “My deal would be, as a coach, is not to settle. Don’t be content with just being OK. Everybody’s got greatness inside of them and push every button you possibly can to try to reach that ceiling.”

For the Journal-World’s story from 2010 on Garth Brooks’ friendship with Self go to

Svi headed here: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, a 6-foot-8 freshman wing from Ukraine, began his journey to Lawrence on Sunday night. He sent a Facebook message to the Journal-World at 10 p.m. CDT, saying he was at a Ukrainian airport, getting ready to fly to the U.S.

He just completed stints in both the FIBA World Cup and Under 18 world championships.

Self at Larry Brown clinic: KU coach Self was slated to speak at KU coach Larry Brown’s SMU coaching clinic on Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas. VCU’s Shaka Smart and former Knicks’ coach Mike Woodson also were on the schedule.


Rodney Crain 7 years, 2 months ago

Cool, having Self and Brooks at the High School in the city where I live now, Elk Grove is a lot like Overland Park. World can be a small place too.

Mike Riches 7 years, 2 months ago

I can think of a lot of positive words to describe Bill Self...I'm not sure "sweet" is one that would have come to mind. :)

Lance Cheney 7 years, 2 months ago

Oh lighten up. Besides, is he really wrong about the airline that's had 2 planes go down in the last 6 months?

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 2 months ago

Considering the one shot down over Ukraine was a terrorist attack, it's definitely poor judgement to make that joke.

Ron Sterling 7 years, 2 months ago

Lighten up, huh? Do you think 9/11 jokes are funny? I guess I'm a stick in the mud cause I can't laugh at people loosing their lives in terrorist attacks. Sorry, everybody. Didn't mean to be such a buzzkill.

Clarence Haynes 7 years, 2 months ago

The route suggest that it was more like Air France/Delta. Frankly, your statement was inappropriate!

John Randall 7 years, 2 months ago

I wonder how often these two old schoolmates get together? They are good people, sweet guys, if you will.

Does AFH ever host concerts? Would a Garth concert sell out Memorial Stadium?

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 2 months ago

I think AFH did back in the day, but not anymore. Yes, Garth could sell out Memorial Stadium

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