Bill Self's laughable new contract
The Kansas City Star
Love KU basketball.
Love KU coach Bill Self.
But hate the money pit that has become college football and basketball.
As in, Bill Self’s laughable new contract, announced Friday.
In the end, Self gets paid what he gets paid - as do Gary Pinkel at MU and Charlie Weis at KU and all the other coaches at their schools - because fans today have made college sports such an important part of their life.
They will play big bucks to watch kids play sports, but far too many won’t put a few bucks away in their 401(k)s, as distressing retirement statistics clearly show.
For coaching a dozen or so 18- to 22-year-old young men how to play a game, Self will get almost $4 million a year.
Yes, I know a few coaches get even more.
And yes, Self coached a national championship team in 2008 and - by most reports - pretty much done it by the books without cheating.
Yes, I know the money won’t come directly from students or parents who send their kids to KU.
The sports program will finance the contract, KU officials point out.
But in a time of cutbacks on the KU campus - and campuses across America when it comes to instructors as well as caring for infrastructure - it’s simply insane what head coaches in basketball and football are paid in Division 1.
Remember all those private funds flowing to Self? These are coming in all likelihood from many people who don’t want to support higher taxes for education in Kansas - including funding for KU academics.
Just look at the Kansas Legislature, which represents the people of the state, and the decisions made by those representatives in recent years to ratchet back the percentage of public funds spent on universities.
This rant isn’t original. I know. Could have come, oh, about 30 years or so ago, too.