Kansas coach Bill Self tests positive for COVID-19: 'Please get vaccinated'

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Longtime Kansas Basketball coach Bill Self announced on Twitter on Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Self, who said he is vaccinated, said that he went in for a test ahead of a recruiting trip after he noticed minor symptoms. The 58-year-old returned two positive tests.

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“Yesterday afternoon I started having some minor symptoms and wanted to get tested before traveling and being around these young men,” he said, in part. “That’s when I learned my results came back positive, and a second test today confirmed that. I am fully vaccinated and feeling pretty good right now.”

Self finished his 18th season with the Jayhawks last season before signing a lifetime contract with the school despite a lengthy NCAA investigation into him and his program. Self has compiled an impressive 522-118 overall record in Lawrence and has never missed an NCAA tournament that was held during his tenure. He has won 14 straight Big 12 regular-season titles, reached three Final Fours and won the national championship in 2008.

Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas coach Bill Self said Friday that he is fully vaccinated but still tested positive for COVID-19. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Bill Self urges people to get vaccinated

Self ended his statement with a plea to Jayhawks fans, urging them to get their coronavirus vaccine.

About 49% of adults in the United States are fully vaccinated as of Saturday, according to The New York Times. About 43% of Kansans are fully vaccinated, which ranks 35th among states.

“If you have not, please get vaccinated so we don’t have to worry about this virus continuing to affect our communities and loved ones,” he said. “I fully believe I would be in a much worse condition if not for the vaccine.”

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