On Friday's episode of The Daily Line Podcast with Tim Murray, sports handicapper Brandon Lang dropped a bombshell, stating that he had on good authority, who would be the next head coach of the Bulls.
We love taking gambling advice from Brandon Lang, but rarely does he break news like he did Thursday, telling @1TimMurray he has it on good authority Bill Self will leave Kansas to take over the Chicago Bulls. https://t.co/XVaMkA42pJ— NBC Sports Radio (@NBCSportsRadio) March 15, 2019
The biggest rumor mill that I found out today from a very reliable source, [is] that Bill Self will be leaving Kansas at the end of the year to become the head coach of the Chicago Bulls.
After 14 straight Big 12 Championships, Lang stated that Self will be ready to finally walk away from the Kansas job and test the NBA waters.
The Jayhawks struggled with tons of injuries and eligibility issues this year, including senior Lagerald Vick, who has been away from the team and back home in Memphis while on "indefinite leave".
In terms of the Vick matter, Self has stated that Vick will be back "Whenever he gets his stuff handled, we'll welcome him back".
And though Self has deftly navigated all the hurdles that has come at KU this season, it still wasn't enough to overcome the rest of the very strong and deep conference. Kansas' 14-year Big 12 title streak was ended after a blowout loss to the Oklahoma Sooners. That loss again highlighted the depth issues on the team and the lack of development from freshman guard Quentin Grimes.
The Bulls current head coach, Jim Boylen, is under contract through the 2019-20 season. He also received a raise to a salary more in line with NBA head coaches in early January, after acting as head coach while still working on an associate head coach deal.