Each week, I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:
• Kansas coach Bill Self has to be a happy guy. The University of Kansas and Bill Self have agreed to a contract designed to keep Self in Lawrence through the 2021-22 season. Self's current contract, which runs through June 2018, pays him $3.376 million, including base salary and annual service payments, as well as retention payments that are payable in 2013 and 2018. The new contract pays Self $3.856 million annually, an increase of some $480,000 per year. The new deal also includes incentives for winning the conference, making the Final Four and winning the national championship, among others. We will also be honoring Self at this year's Dickie V. gala in Sarasota next May, along with former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden and former Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun.
• Also, congrats to Alabama coach Anthony Grant, who received a $100,000 raise and a one-year contract extension through 2019. He led the Tide to the NCAA tournament last season. Hey Anthony, can you give me a loan, baby!
• Sorry to hear that Louisville senior Mike Marra tore his ACL again and will miss the upcoming season. The injury occurred on the same left knee which sidelined Marra for all but two games during the Cardinals' run to the Final Four last season. That is tough news for Rick Pitino as he prepares for the 2012-13 campaign.
• Washington State guard Reggie Moore, the team's third-leading scorer last season (10.5 PPG), has been dismissed from the squad for violation of team rules. He started in 35 of the club's 37 games last season and averaged over five assists per game.
• I love when you have match-ups featuring pupil and teacher on the sideline. Louisville opens its regular season on November 11th at home against Manhattan. The game marks teacher Rick Pitino going up against one of his former players and assistant coaches in Steve Masiello of the Jaspers. He played for Pitino at Kentucky and served as an assistant with the Cardinals.
• Also worthy of a salute is Rutgers coach Mike Rice. The coach scaled down the Harborside Financial Center Plaza Building to raise money for cancer research. He made it in nine minutes as part of the American Cancer Society's "Over the Edge" fundraiser. He went down the 470-foot Jersey City skyscraper. Pretty impressive move!