You know what they say about, if it ain’t KU basketball season in Lawrence, it ain’t happening…
And while it’s not like every single thing in Larry revolves around Allen Field House, it does seem that way at times. Take the recent student newspaper Top 20 "KU Bucket List" of stuff the kids want to do before graduating.
No. 10: "See Bill Self without his toupée: ‘That’s something I’ve always been interested in. It looks so real. I think he has the sides still, but not the top.’ — Killian Cull, a sophomore from Overland Park."
KU fans and foes have argued for years about whether the KU basketball coach wears a rug or not.
And while both sides are passionate – some even suggesting he can’t because there’s a bald spot – nobody’s ever really pinned the tail on Self’s donkey and laid down a definitive account as to the rug’s existance.
Because for what it’s worth, I’m going to give it to you from one of the horse’s mouths and tell you Self does indeed wear a hairpiece.
How do I know for sure?
Because former Kansas City Star director of retail sales and group publishing Steve Curd told me so several years ago. Curd, who later became the publisher of the Independence and Blue Springs Examiner (he left in January), knows because he was an eye witness to Self’s hairlessness when the two attended Oklahoma State University in the early-mid 1980s.
Notice the crop on the online publicity pic of Self from his playing days at OSU?
And while it may seem silly – and let’s face it, it totally is – to dig on someone’s wig, give Self credit for having a nice enough one to divide the speculation so evenly as to have people arguing about it online.
In fact, Self’s toupée even has not one but two Twitter accounts.
"I’m the hairpiece of NCAA Championship winning basketball coach Bill Self, and I have stories to tell," reads one.
"Bill Self doesn’t wear me. I wear Bill Self. Bill Self’s head (sometimes)," says another.