Nope. That goes without saying, that in the wilds of Lawrence, Kansas – home to Self’s basketball Jayhawks – he gets a pass on anything short of maybe daylight bank robbery or doing bad stuff to kids.
Example: No one’s ever said diddly – other than behind his back – about that itchy critter that hovers over Self’s bald noggin. Let alone the extramarital affair he allegedly had with one of my former neighbors that resulted in Wild Bill moving from his Taj Mahal-like home in the burbs to an upscale condo for however many months.
Which is not to say the entire town of Lawrence isn’t obsessed with Self’s every move – each and every detail of his life inside the local fish bowl.
Local tongues are wagging about Self’s sudden weight gain.
“I first noticed it last year,” says one prominent KU fan. “I noticed it on TV; I noticed it with the suit he was wearing that didn’t fit; and I noticed it in person.”
How noticeable was it?
“Very,” says the source. “He’s gotta be 250 to 300 pounds now. I’ll bet he’s gained 50 pounds.”
“I think it’s a combination of stress and his age – and that and he loves beer,” says the source. “I think it’s more of a health issue because I don’t think he takes care of himself. And he’s a part owner of the Salty Iguana and he probably eats there a lot.”
One possibility for the coach’s blimping:
“Weigh gain is a common symptom of Cushing’s syndrome, a condition in which you are exposed to too much of the stress hormone cortisol, which in turn causes weight gain and other abnormalities.,” according to WebMD. “It can also happen when your adrenal glands make too much cortisol, or it could be related to a tumor.”
“I don’t think there’s any hidden secret to it,” counters the fan. “He’s just putting on weight – a lot and fast.”
Here’s hoping Self doesn’t outgrow that pricey hairpiece…