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Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self is back home after undergoing heart procedure

Jordan Guskey
Topeka Capital-Journal

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self has been discharged from the University of Kansas Health System and is eager to rejoin the team this week, the university announced Sunday.

Self was discharged Sunday after undergoing a heart procedure Wednesday. He is now back home in Lawrence. And while his health meant he had to miss his team’s three games the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City this past week, he’s on track to be with his staff and players for the NCAA tournament.

“KU Coach Bill Self was discharged from The University of Kansas Health System today in good condition,” the University of Kansas Health System said in a statement. “He arrived at the emergency department Wednesday evening March 8, complaining of chest tightness and balance concerns. Clinical Service Chief for Cardiovascular Medicine and Interventional cardiologist Dr. Mark Wiley said Coach Self underwent a standard heart catheterization and had two stents placed for the treatment of blocked arteries. Coach Self responded well to the procedure and is expected to make a full recovery.”

Kansas coach Bill Self observes his team during senior night against Texas Tech on Tuesday evening at Allen Fieldhouse.

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This season, with Self coaching in the majority of the Jayhawks’ games, Kansas enjoyed a lot of success during non-conference play and then went on to win the Big 12 regular season title. With assistant coach Norm Roberts filling in as acting head coach during the conference tournament, as he did the first four games of the regular season, the Jayhawks finished as the runner-up to Texas. And they put together a NCAA tournament resume worthy of a No. 1 seed.

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Despite losing so much production from last year’s team, and needing a number of players to step up, Self guided Kansas to its second-straight Big 12 regular season championship. He did so in a year where the Big 12 was arguably not just the best conference in the country, but the best conference in college basketball in years. And the team has the potential to make a run at a second-straight national championship as well.

“I'm so thankful for the amazing staff at the University of Kansas Health System for the excellent care I received,” Self said in Kansas’ release. “I am proud of our team and coaching staff for how they have handled this and am excited to be back with them as the best time of the season gets underway.”

Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.