Recent Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Bill Self of Kansas told ESPN.com on Wednesday he might not last as long in coaching as some of his current peers.
“I’ve said all along that if I could go to my late 50s, that’d be good for me,” said Self, 54, who’s entering his 15th year at KU. “Now that I’m getting close to my late 50s, I’m like, ‘Well ... ,’ but my contract runs until I’m 59, so I’ve got five more years left. I definitely want to do that. Then whatever happens after that I’d be happy with whatever. But I don’t want to (coach too late). With recruiting the way that it is, it just wears you down.”
Former KU coach Roy Williams of North Carolina is 67. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski is 70 and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim 72.
Of his team’s recent trip to Italy, in which the Jayhawks went 4-0 in exhibition play, Self told ESPN: “We got through some stuff that we probably needed to get through as a group. We’re not close to being a team yet.
There’s a certain point and time in a season where a team becomes a team. We’re not close to that. But we’re definitely further along.”