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Thursday, August 07, 2008
No Negotiation Required Between KU and Self

It is reported today that Kansas and basketball coach Bill Self reduced to writing a contract extension announced last April, which we debated at length here on the blog. It's a 10-year, $30 million contract, and KU athletic director, Lew Perkins, said it was easy to work out:
I wouldn't even use the word "negotiate." The entire process was positive from day one. We didn't squabble over anything.
Self said he and Perkins saw eye to eye right from the outset:
When we first sat down to talk, Lew asked me, "How many years do you want?" I said 10 and he said, "Perfect, that's what I had in mind. We're going to take care of you." There was no negotiating on my part, either. I can't think of any place I'd rather work or live....But getting the security is definitely a nice thing. Our coaches and I are very happy about the commitment the university has made to us. We want to make a similar commitment back.
However, Self also told reporters, "But I'm looking at it as 10 one-year contracts."

You know what, I don't even want to comment on this situation....



It's all in the leverage. Imagine if we mere academics had the clout to impose such diktats on our employers?

Blogger Mark Conrad -- 8/07/2008 10:06 PM  

Mark: We do, sort of. If I were productive enough, I would have other schools considering me for visits and lateral moves. And I could use those opportunities either to move or to try to get concessions from my Dean. The difference, as I wrote at one point, is that we do not make any pretense to having a long-term commitment to our school. And apparently, neither does Self.

Blogger Howard Wasserman -- 8/08/2008 7:47 AM  

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