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University of Kansas Jayhawks head basketball coach Bill Self signed an amended lifetime contract Tuesday that will pay him $53million over the first five years.
Self's contract will surpass Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari for the richest deal ever given to a college basketball coach at a public university.
Calipari is set to earn $44m over the course of the next five years.
Self will make more than $11m this season in base pay, professional services and royalties along with a one-time signing bonus and retention payments, including some that were deferred amid the pandemic.
'I am very appreciative to Chancellor [Douglas] Girod, Travis Goff and the entire KU leadership team for their continued belief and confidence in me and my staff to lead this storied program,' Self said.
Kansas HC Bill Self has signed a lifetime deal that makes him the nation's highest paid coach
Kentucky head coach John Calipari was previously the highest paid men's basketball coach
'I know the Chancellor and Travis are as excited as I am about the future of Kansas Basketball. There has never been a better time to be a part of our athletic department and this program. My family and I are so proud to be at this university, and I am looking forward to many more seasons representing the most passionate fan base in the country.'
'There's no place like Kansas.'
'Bill Self is undoubtedly the most consistent coach in college basketball, and a restructuring of his contract terms were long overdue,' Kansas athletic director Travis Goff said.
'In an ever-changing collegiate athletics environment, our strong commitment to Coach Self positions KU basketball to maintain and enhance its status as the most storied program in the country.'
At the conclusion of each year of Self's deal, another year will be added to the deal, and Self will earn a one-time, $5m retention bonus if he serves out the first five.
The deal amends a similarly structured contract Self signed in 2021 and includes a provision allowing the renegotiation of terms after the 2025-26 season. Calipari's deal with the Wildcats pays him $8.5m this season.
Self's deal also included a clause that he cannot be fired by the school due to any current infractions matter that involves conduct on or prior to' signing the contract.
'For more than 20 years, Coach Self has embodied the spirit and tradition of the University of Kansas, leading our men´s basketball program to unprecedented success,' Kansas Chancellor Doug Girod said.
'We feel he´s the