Bill Self honors late father with touching quote after Kansas wins national championship

Bill Self honors late father with touching quote after Kansas wins national championship

Self was rightly emotional after the game, as he and his family have been through a lot this year. The veteran coach lost his father just a few months ago, and he’s been open about dealing with grief throughout this tournament run.

In the moments after winning the national championship, thus completing a memorable comeback in the process, Self could only think of two things — his student-athletes, of course, and his father.

“It’s great for the kids. It’s especially special for my family this year, because we lost our father two months ago. We had a lot to play for,” Self said.

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Self spoke about the comeback itself, stating that the team had a renewed approach. While they could’ve been disappointed at facing a 15-point deficit despite making an early impact via a quick 7-0 run to start the game, Self instead framed his speech a different way.

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“I told them at halftime, would you rather be down 15 with 20 left or down 9 with 2 left?” Self stated after the game.

Whatever he said, worked. And the Jayhawks are national champions as a result.

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