If Bob Frederick decides to sign a three-year contract, the Kansas University athletic director says he'll do it soon.
"As quickly as possible," Frederick said Wednesday after returning from vacation. "I don't want to let this thing drag on."
Chancellor Gene Budig tendered Frederick a three-year pact with an annual rollover clause just a few days after Frederick was reported to be a finalist for the Michigan AD job.
"Obviously, I'm pleased and grateful for the chancellor's continuing confidence in what I've done here," Frederick said.
Budig stressed he has been working with Victoria Thomas, the university's general counsel, for several weeks on drafting a contract for Frederick to bring Kansas in line with most of the other Big Eight Conference schools.
COLORADO'S BILL Marolt, dean of league ADs, has a contract. So do Oklahoma's Donnie Duncan, Nebraska's Bill Byrne and new Iowa State AD Gene Smith. Also, Kansas State has had its athletic director under contract for years.
No Kansas AD has ever had a contractual agreement. So, if Frederick signs he'll be the first.
Frederick has met twice with Michigan officials. He flew to Detroit for an interview a few weeks ago, then he and his wife Margey met with Michigan president James J. Duderstadt and his wife Anne Marie last Sunday in Kansas City.
Michigan is seeking a replacement for Jack Weidenbach who plans to retire on Aug. 31.
Reportedly, the other finalists are Fritz Seyferth, Michigan's associate athletic director in charge of development and external relations; North Carolina AD John Swofford; and Reggie McKenzie, a former Michigan football player now in the Seattle Seahawks' front office.
IT'S ANYONE'S guess, apparently, when Duderstadt will make his selection.
"I don't know of anything concrete," Frederick said, "but my feeling is it will be very quickly."
Frederick has been to Ann Arbor once. He and a couple of professors in the HPER department went there about six years ago to check out Michigan's athletic administration program. Later, KU adopted a similar course of study in its curriculum.
Frederick began his seventh year as the Jayhawks' athletic director last month. He has also spent four years (1981-85) in the athletic department as director of the Williams Fund, two years as a graduate assistant basketball coach under Dick Harp and one year as an assistant coach under Ted Owens.
Frederick, 53, earned a bachelor's in 1961, a masters in 1964 and a doctorate in 1984. All three degrees are from KU and all are in education.