Kansas coach Bill Self has been released from the hospital after heart surgery
Lawrence, Kan. (AP) – Kansas coach Bill Self was released Sunday from a Kansas City-area hospital where he was recovering from a procedure to treat blocked arteries in his heart, and Hall of Famer plans to join No. 10. 3 The Jayhawks begin their NCAA Championship defense this week.
After watching his team in the final shootaround before the Big 12 tournament, he went to the emergency room Wednesday night and complained of chest tightness and balance issues.
According to Dr. Mark Wiley, chief of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Kansas Health System, Self underwent a standard cardiac catheterization and had two stents placed to help treat blocked arteries.
“Coach Self responded well to the procedure and is expected to make a full recovery,” Wiley said.
The Jayhawks were coached into the Big 12 Tournament by Norm Roberts, who also served as interim coach earlier in the season, while Self was suspended for four games. They defeated West Virginia and Iowa State before being knocked out by seventh-seeded Texas 76-56 in Saturday night’s championship game.
Afterward, Roberts said he expects to be coaching the Jayhawks in the NCAA Tournament.
“I am grateful to the wonderful staff at the University of Kansas Health System for the excellent care they provided me,” Self said in a statement. “I’m proud of our team and the coaching staff for how they handled it, and I’m excited to be with them as the best part of the season begins.”
Self, 60, was 581-130 in two decades at Kansas and 788-235 in 30 seasons as a head coach, including stops at Oral Roberts, Tulsa and Illinois. He led the Jayhawks to their fifth national title in 2008 in an overtime victory over Memphis. Kansas hung its sixth banner at Allen Fieldhouse after defeating North Carolina last April.
The Jayhawks, who won the Big 12 regular season title, were not embarrassed by their narrow loss to Texas as they also missed injured defensive lineman Kevin McCullar Jr. On the contrary, they looked forward to it. Make the NCAA Tournament and get both the McCullars and their coach back on the court.
“We swept him,” Kansas guard Dajuan Harris Jr. said to his nearly empty locker room Saturday night. “We need to prepare for March Madness. It’s a quick change and a new season.
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