Here’s what I wrote about it last summer on Lawrence Confidential:
“That Kansas basketball coach Bill Self allegedly had been kicked out of his seven-figure Lawrence home by wife Cindy and was holed up in one of the town’s ritziest condo buildings.
“And that – almost more astonishing than even that – he allegedly had been seeing one of my nearby neighbors in West Lawrence.
“That’s the talk anyway and it’s the talk of the town.”
Talk of the town, indeed.
Even the former editor of the Lawrence Journal World told me recently that the newspaper was well acquainted with the Self marital rumors but had passed on writing about them because the entire thing had been started by jealous Missouri Tiger basketball fans.
That’s preposterous, laughs a Lawrence businessman familiar with the situation.
“Kudos for taking on a sacred cow, but–Lots of debate about whether or not its anybody’s business but theirs. I say yes. I’m a big Self fan and KU is where I went to college. As a journalism major and former newspaper editor, I would have reluctantly run such a story. But our local established media won’t touch this, except occasionally on sports talk radio. After all, he’s the Teflon Man…My understanding is the Selfs have reconciled and no divorce is imminent.”
That indeed was the talk later last year, but the question that was never truly answered was did it actually happen. Was there any fire to go with all that smoke?
Comes now a trusted source in the construction trade who swears there was.
That fellow workers on the site of the upscale Bella Sera condominium in Lawrence – where Self was rumored to have been holed up after being kicked out of his Lawrence mansion – say they allegedly saw Self leaving for work in the mornings during the period in question.
If true, that’s about as close to an eyewitness account as one can get.
Today things are quiet and back to normal in the little cowtown. Meaning the ongoing worship of Bill Self is back in full swoon. Although there is yet talk that at some point he might leave for the head coaching job with Sacramento Kings of the NBA, with whom Self reportedly has ties.
After all, how much fun can it be coaching college basketball in the era of One-And-Done? An era where teams are lucky to keep top players for more than just one year (Andrew Wiggins, anyone?) and it’s essentially like coaching an NBA all-rookie team.
Such being the state of college basketball today…