Kansas has done all it can to ensure that Bill Self never goes anywhere else. The Jayhawks have inked the head coach to a lifetime contract.

The school announced Friday that it has extended Self’s contract, which was set to be up after next season. The new deal has been structured in a way that it will never expire. It is a five-year rolling agreement, and one year is added to the deal at the end of every season until Self retires.

The lifetime contract is set to pay Self a total of $5.41 million per year, according to The Kansas City Star. The deal only includes a $225,000 base salary, but Self will be paid an annual $2.435 million retention bonus. A $2.75 million professional services contract is included in the extension, along with an annual raise of approximately $200,000.



“Every day, I am reminded just how fortunate I am to lead this storied program and there truly is no place else I would rather be,” Self said in a statement. “As we continue to work through the challenges facing our program, we look forward to moving ahead and focusing on our bright future. I would also like to express my gratitude to our alumni and donors, as well as the best fans and students in the nation, that have supported my family and me for the past 18 seasons. I’m excited to remain your basketball coach and compete for many championships in the future.”

Among those challenges Self mentioned are the five Level I rules violations that the basketball program has been charged with by the NCAA, stemming from an FBI investigation in which Kansas players allegedly were paid by Adidas. Self has been charged with head-coach responsibility violations.

The news of Self’s lifetime contract comes a day after North Carolina head coach Roy Williams announced his retirement.

Few coaches have experienced more success than Self since he became the Jayhaws head coach in 2003. Kansas has never missed the NCAA Tournament during that time, making three Final Four appearances. Kansas won the 2008 national championship.

Kansas was eliminated from the 2021 NCAA Tournament in the second round as a No. 3 seed.

Bill Self Kansas Bill Self head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks claps for his team as they celebrate winning the Big 12 Conference Championship after they defeated Texas Tech Red Raiders 67-58 at Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 27, 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas. Photo: Getty