Self: Is this something or nothing?

#26      
I find this myth ridiculous. Arkansas isn’t some Blue Blood, lol, and it’s not a better job than Illinois. We were underpaying him BADLY, and he was either going to get an appropriate raise or go somewhere he would be paid fairly. If Whitman’s checkbook were out, this place would have had as much “cache” as anywhere else.
I'm not sure what the myth is. It's pretty much a point that can't be proven or disproven. I'm of the opinion that there never was a chance to keep Self if KU came calling. He clearly likes to play a bit looser than our admin would agree to. Plus, it's going back home. I think IU would have an extra draw for example, for a coach from the midwest. You actually don't have to look much further than the Self hiring itself. Kansas couldn't offer Roy Williams enough money to stay because of the draw of his alma mater. No Self wasn't a KU guy, but he did coach there and he did play in that conference.

Guenther made plenty of poor decisions. Hiring Lou Tepper when Mackovic had set us up for a good hire was first, second, and third on that list. But failing to keep Self wasn't on him because I don't think anything would have kept him.
 
#27      
FTR, I’m not necessarily saying Self wouldn’t have left for KU in all scenarios; he did, after all, say it was the only job he’d leave Illinois for. And if we ponied up the money, I believe him.

In other words, I do not think Self saw a plethora of programs as inherently “cooler” destinations than Illinois (much less Arkansas), which I felt that poster insinuated.
 
#28      
FTR, I’m not necessarily saying Self wouldn’t have left for KU in all scenarios; he did, after all, say it was the only job he’d leave Illinois for. And if we ponied up the money, I believe him.

In other words, I do not think Self saw a plethora of programs as inherently “cooler” destinations than Illinois (much less Arkansas), which I felt that poster insinuated.
Agreed.