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Bill Self Responds To Les Miles Hire

A closeup of Bill Self smiling.

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 14: Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts in the first half against the Iowa State Cyclones during the championship game of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 14, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

With Kansas' hire of Les Miles, the Jayhawks are now the only athletics program with national championship winning football and men's basketball coaches. On Monday, Bill Self, the other side of that coin, spoke about the hire.

Unsurprisingly, Self praised the move, though he did mention that he felt bad that it comes at the expense of David Beaty.

Miles brings a 141-55 career head coaching record, from stints at Oklahoma State and most notably, LSU. Kansas is just 18-88 since firing Mark Mangino in 2009, spanning three coaches.

Bill Self called the addition of Les Miles a "home run hire."


“Les' credentials are off the chart,” Self said.

“This guy is competing with Alabama each and every year for the right to play for an SEC Championship,” KU’s basketball coach recalled of Miles’ time at LSU, when the Tigers played in two national-title games, as well as the Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl, as Miles accumulated a 7-4 postseason record.

“I think that is terrific. He’s brought home the gold before,” Self added, again referencing LSU’s national title, “and there’s not too many guys out there, recruits, that get a chance to play for a national championship coach that are presently coaching.”

Miles is a few years removed from coaching, and his inability to field a modern offense and compete with Alabama ultimately did him in. The goals at Kansas are much more modest, though. He needs to get recruiting on an upswing, and establish a winning culture to make KU competitive in the Big 12; no one really expects the Jayhawks to become the Bayou Bengals of the 2000s.

Miles is set to occupy the same athletics complex as Self for the next five years with a deal worth $14 million, per reports.