Bill Self, Kansas Basketball Agree on Altered Lifetime Contract Extension

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In a groundbreaking move, Kansas basketball and its esteemed head coach, Bill Self, have recently reached a historic agreement on an altered lifetime contract extension, making Self the highest-paid coach in college basketball. This landmark deal, valued at an impressive $53 million over the next five years, places Self in a league of his own, surpassing all other coaching contracts in the country.

A Storied Legacy

Bill Self has been with the Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team since 2003. In his two decades at the university, he has been instrumental in leading the team to two National Championships, winning 17 Big 12 regular season titles, and appearing in four Final Fours. Self has an outstanding record of 581 wins, poised to outdo Phog Allen’s victory count of 589 games, thus enhancing his outstanding performance in his career.

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Over his remarkable coaching career, spanning prestigious institutions like Kansas, Illinois, Oral Roberts, and Tulsa, Self boasts an extraordinary total of 787 wins, a feat that currently positions him at 15th all-time in coaching victories. His coaching prowess, strategic brilliance, and dedication to excellence have solidified his reputation as one of the most accomplished and respected figures in college basketball.

A Testament to Leadership

Kansas chancellor Douglas Girod stated that it is hard to measure the impact that Coach Self has had on the University of Kansas for more than 20 years. Speaking on behalf of the community, Girod made it clear that for the university, the head coach is revered as the best in the nation as an assistant transformative leader.

Previously, Self had signed a rolling contract in 2021, which was edited to the current one in 2023. The Chancellor took deep pleasure in getting Self’s commitment to his life career, understanding that Self had left deep footprints on the basketball program and the overall university.

The Cast of Top Gun: Maverick Reveal the Truth Behind the G-Force Stunts

The Cast of Top Gun: Maverick Reveal the Truth Behind the G-Force Stunts

After huge anticipation, Top Gun: Maverick has finally hit the screen and has immediately garnered accolades for being a true cinematic spectacle. The fact is, all those sky-high intimidating stunts in the film were just as intense to do on camera as they were to experience on screen. Just before its digital release, the star casts of the movie shared a behind-the-scenes video, recalling their experiences of being in the cockpit.

The Hard Facts

In the BTS clip, Top Gun: Maverick star Tom Cruise revealed that pulling those G’s was physically grueling and exhausting. The director of the movie, Joseph Kosinski, added that in some of the stunts, the actors had to face up to 8G’s or 1,600 lbs. of force. A few cast members also shared their views in the video. Greg Tarzan Davis, who has played the role of Lt. Javy ‘Coyote’ Machado in the film, said that it’s not possible to fake the g-force on a soundstage, especially its distorting effect on a human face. Actor Miles Teller said that he just focused on staying composed in those action-packed scenes, as there was not much acting to do. So, all one needed to do was try not to pass out in the process!

The Blockbuster Movie

The second installment in the Top Gun film series, Top Gun: Maverick is the sequel to the original 1986 film Top Gun. The story follows Cruise’s character Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, after 30 years of his graduation from the TOP GUN Naval Aviation Program. He’s now called back there as an instructor for the program’s elite fliers. The digital release of the film interestingly features over 110 minutes of bonus content. This includes the grueling flight training program of the cast, rare glimpses of the shooting process of spectacular aerial sequences with a specially designed experimental aircraft, and many more.