It appeared significant timing that Self reputedly reiterated prospects of his retiring in his 50s–even speculating on 59 as one possibility in relation to the end of the contract–so close to the release of information about the new KU contract with adidas.
Any reports of negotions to enhance Self’s personal contract with adidas, too?
Also, if recruiting were the way he alluded to it being BEFORE he appeared to tie the issue of leaning to retirement in his late 50s maybe with the end of the contract at 59, imagine how much more so it would appear to become that way now that recruits and opposing recruiters have him on record saying he may be out in only 5 years, or less. That ought to REALLY make recruiting MORE of however he experiences recruiting already, right? There’s quite a difference between a 5 year horizon and an undefined up to 10-15 year horizon. Self has apparently made himself a lame duck. And KUAD is really the only one that can fix that. What KUAD does about it will tell a lot about KUAD plans for KU BASKETBALL.
Whatever, the new KU shoe deal would appear to reward and intensify whatever dynamics were already in place.
80%+ winning percentage
String of conference titles
String of high seeds
Frequently making it to Selected 16 or the Engineered Eight.
Increasingly conspicuous inability to sign domestic OAD/5-star 1s and 5s.
Increasing difficulty with fielding a 10 player rotation of D1 grade, scholarship players above 3 star rank
9 scholarship athletes this season.
Rising reliance on troubled transfers.
Generally less talent recruited than Duke, UK and UNC.
No Final Fours since 2012.
In the end, it seems the idea is not to change anything and enhance the subsidy for minor sports.
And Self at least might be bridling a bit at the likely path, at least that’s how it appears to moi.
Numbers of scholarship players of genuine D1 talent suitable for an elite program appear trending down, as Self finds himself in a contractual situation, where it would seem logical for KU to up his benefits at least proportionally with KU’s increased benefits from adidas, right? After all it is increasingly Self’s masking skill, strategic mastery of the game, and hat rabbit recruiting that have enabled the consistent winning, and decreasingly adidas’ infusion of OAD/5-star summer game talent. Surely KU leadership grasps it would only take two straight 9 scholie rosters, 3 at the most, to deplete the talent so low that no other replacement coach would have a prayer of winning a conference title, and would likely face a big rebuild. For now Self’s bargaining position appears to be being strengthened by the declining scholarship depth. It appears Classic Self. Take what they give him. Play it any way they want.
Not sure how and where all this shakes out, but it doesn’t feel like we are upping our commitment to getting better at basketball by stringing the bow to win rings. It appears we have enhanced our ability to subsidize minor sports and meet KUAD office overhead. Maybe we have also built a little rainy day cushion for realignment too. But I don’t see how we are moving closer to competing for a ring, or getting Self more players. Do you?