So says sports scribe Craig Glazer. That after Kansas coach Bill Self‘s rumored marital woes and comments this week indicating that he may be open to an offer to coach in the NBA.
“Wow. He sounded very interested,” Glazer says. “But you know, in defense of Bill Self, he’s given KU a decade and he’s already arguably the best coach KU has ever had.
“You want me to be honest? I think if Bill can get back to a title game and win it – and that could happen this year – I think he could be done at KU. I mean, can you blame the guy? They’re going to pay him a truckload of money. My gut is he’s going to leave KU within three years and it could be this year.”
Self let the cat out of the bag in an interview in the Oklahoman Monday.
“The pros have not tempted Self because no one has talked to him about it. But at some point and time, Self says, he thinks coaching in the NBA would be a challenge he might enjoy,” the headline reads.
“That was his announcement that he’s interested,” Glazer says. “I mean, he didn’t just say, ‘I’m happy to be at KU,’ did he? And there are some big coaching jobs coming up in the NBA – The Lakers – they’re a storied team that’s a little bit rudderless right now. The Knicks job, maybe. And Bill’s just loved by everyone except MU fans. And he’s 50, can you blame him? He’s already proved himself in the NCAA.”
Oh and as Steve Jobs liked to say, and one more thing…
“And also his marriage is (rumored to be) shaky,” Glazer says. “I mean, Johnny Damon used to talk to me about wanting to get a divorce and then he used his leaving Kansas City and the Royals as an excuse to get his divorce.”
Lawrence and sports talk radio were on fire this past winter with rumors of Self having played the field and being on the outs with his wife.
“I mean, no one’s talked a lot about those rumors,” Glazer says. “I don’t think it ever got into the media, but if that’s going to happen – if he’s going to get divorced – that might be another reason he would leave sooner rather than later…
“We saw that with (former Chiefs coach) Marty Schottenheimer. Marty left town, then did some TV and then he was coaching another team. I mean, when you’re 50 and banging some girl that’s younger, it’s hard to go back to your wife. I mean, it’s sad. But you have a celebrity husband who’s a media darling in the Midwest and certainly a pleasant-looking, if not nice-looking guy. And his wife is older (now) and (if) he’s out with younger women with youthful figures and the excitement, the older wife is a dead duck. It’s very unfair, but it’s a cruel reality of life.”
Even a Final Four appearance this year for KU could spark Self’s exit, Glazer says.
“They’ve got some great players and a great coach and KU certainly is potentially a Final Four team,” Glazer says. “if KU goes to the Final Four and the right opportunity in the NBA is there, I think he’s gone. And you can’t be mad at him.
“The good news for Kansas is, you’re Kansas. You had Larry Brown, Roy Williams and Bill Self. So they’re going to be able to pick a successor – they’ll have their choice. So KU will probably continue to be a great program.”
Another possible reason Self might want to leave Lawrence is, “Right now Bill carries this element of a Mayberry, Henry Fonda image,” Glazer says. “That common man image Kansas City’s in love with. But if he gets divorced and then starts dating really young women that are hotties in Lawrence, it’s going to be noticed. And that’s not good because it’s not Andy from Mayberry. But if he does that in New York, LA or Chicago – especially if his team is good – they’ll just think he’s cool. In those cities, 50 is the new 30.”