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June 13, 2000

TULSA, Okla.- Bill Self has announced his resignation as The University of Tulsa's head basketball coach, according to TU's Director of Athletics Judy MacLeod. Self is expected to be named the head coach at the University of Illinois.

In three seasons at Tulsa, Self compiled a 74-27 record for a .733 winning percentage. His overall collegiate coaching record in seven seasons is 130-80. Self guided the Hurricane to a school record 32-5 mark this past season as Tulsa advanced to the NCAA Tournament's "Elite Eight".

He was named the 2000 Don Haskins Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and was also honored with the John and Nellie Wooden Coach of the Year award. Self captured both his 50th win at the school and his 100th career victory during the 1999-2000 season.

The Hurricane completed the 2000 season ranked ninth in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and 18th in the Associated Press poll. Tulsa was the first team to reach the 20- and 25-win plateau for the 2000 season, and its 32 wins tied Iowa State and national champion Michigan State for most wins.

"Our basketball program has reached an elite level, and a lot of that credit goes to the coaches we have had here. Bill Self has done a tremendous job elevating Tulsa basketball, and we expect our basketball success to continue," said MacLeod. "With the type of student-athletes we have in our basketball program, I expect that they will rally around this and work even harder to further the success Tulsa basketball enjoyed this past season."