Since taking up residence on the sidelines of James Naismith Court in the friendly confines of Phog Allen Field House, Bill Self has proven himself more than capable of carrying on the great tradition of coaches who have passed through the University of Kansas. A graduate assistant under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, Self returned to Kansas in 2003 after stints at Illinois, Tulsa, Oral Roberts, and his alma mater, Oklahoma State. In only his fifth season with the Jayhawks, and in dramatic overtime fashion, Self led his troops to the 2008 NCAA national championship. Since then, the Jayhawks have remained one of the toughest and most consistent teams in college basketball, stockpiling Big 12 championship hardware and making deep runs in the NCAA Tournament, including a return trip to the NCAA national championship game in 2012. Self’s teams are stingy, defensive-minded units that play inside-out and leave it all on the floor.