Bill Self's extension at Kansas is good news for Terps hoops fans

Self staying with Jayhawks likely means Mark Turgeon isn't going anywhere soon

September 28, 2012|By Don Markus

Maryland basketball fans might have received some good news Friday night – and it had nothing to do with the Harrison twins.

Bill Self signed a longtime extension at Kansas on Friday, meaning that second-year coach Mark Turgeon is not going anywhere anytime soon.

I’ve always contended since the day Turgeon was hired to succeed Gary Williams in May 2011 that the only place I could see the former Kansas point guard and assistant coach going was back to Lawrence.

Not that Self was rumored to be going anywhere, but just as Roy Williams surprised Jayhawks fans by returning to his North Carolina roots, I could see Self going home to Oklahoma State, his alma mater.

Self turned down the Cowboys once, after winning the national championship in 2008, and I wondered whether he could turn them down twice. Williams couldn’t when it came to the Tar Heels.

But now that Self agreed to a contract that runs through the 2021-22 season – at nearly $4 million a year – I think Turgeon is going to be in College Park for a long time.

Now let’s see if he can sign the Harrison twins.

No pressure, Mark.

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