Bill Self surprises students with free lunch

One of the hottest places on campuses to grab lunch is the Underground in Wescoe Hall.

On Thursday afternoon, Bill Self surprised students by buying them lunch as a ‘thank you’ for their support.

“We came up and hung out with the students – I don’t get a chance to do that very often,” Self said. “We were able to buy many meals for students as they went through the line to pay, so that was fun. It was a good day. It’s always great to interact with the kids. Since we had a day off today, it was a good way to relax a little over lunch.”

Word spread through social media that Bill Self and his staff were walking through campus up to Wescoe.

“We were down at Summerfield and saw someone’s tweet about it, so we hauled up here to see if he was still here,” KU student Meghan Hyatt told “It just made my day.”

Self and his staff posed for pictures and bought lunches for students for approximately half an hour.

“It was like a dream come true. This was so awesome,” KU student Matt Pospich told “I love Bill and I love everything he’s done for the school. I’m still shaking. I knew he would be cool in person.”

Self used it as an opportunity to connect with the students on a rare off-day.

“This place was packed when we came in here,” Self said. “When the students camp out (in Allen Fieldhouse), it’s amazing to me that I’ll go down to talk to them, but they never really talk to me. But I come up here and all of them wanted to talk so that was good. It was fun to hang out with them.”


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