January 29, 2013
The ESPN College Basketball reporter interviewed Self for his Katz' Korner piece for ESPN The Magazine.
Among the array of Kansas question, Katz posed a simple question to Self..."Why Doesn't Kansas Play Wichita State?"
Self's answer: "Kansas hasn't played Wichita State for years, way before I was the coach at Kansas. … Iowa plays Northern Iowa because the state legislature says you have to. If someone were to come and say something that it's law, then we would have to. But you schedule to benefit your own school, not to benefit others. You have to benefit your own school. I want to play games that benefit us, and, from a financial standpoint, it's hard to play games away from Allen Fieldhouse since that's our main source of budget every year.''
This has sparked much debate among Shocker fans. But at least it gives the fan base a definitive answer on why these two schools haven't and won't face each other in the regular season. Only in the postseason.