Kansas head coach Bill Self on KU assistant coach Tim Jankovich being named Illinois State head coach on Tuesday.
Bill Self: “We are all so happy and proud for Tim and his family that he has accepted this appointment. Illinois State is a great job with a terrific basketball tradition. They have been to the NCAA Tournament many times, and I am sure it won’t be long before the Redbirds will return to the tournament.
We are all very appreciative of Tim’s effort at Kansas. He is without a question one of the brightest coaches in the game. I have been blessed to be around many great assistant coaches, and Tim is as talented as any of them.
Tim did not want this to be a distraction for our team, so getting it out now rather than having it leak out was best. Otherwise, he would have been answering questions about this while preparing our team for San Jose. We all know he is the new coach at Illinois State, but his job here is unfinished until our season is complete. Our players were informed this could happen on Monday, and I’m sure all will be excited for Tim, Cindy and Michael.”