The Subtle Evolution of Bill Self

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Bill Self doesn’t think much about the premise of this column. He hasn’t changed much over the years, he says, same guy, and isn’t that how a lot of us think of ourselves?

Self works at the same school in the same office doing the same job he took nine years ago next month. He’s married to the same woman, eats at most of the same restaurants in Lawrence. Has most of the same friends. Same guy, in the ways that matter most.

If anything, maybe the Kansas basketball coach is less patient than he used to be. Less stubborn, too, he says, more open to players’ opinions.

But for the most part? Same guy.

“I really don’t think I’ve changed that much,” he says. “Maybe I have. You’d have to talk...

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