Bob Frederick might consider taking a long jog on the beaches of San Diego later tonight.
Kansas University's athletic director may need to burn off some calories after dining with all four of KU's chancellor finalists today.
Following discussions with the four finalists, Frederick was to hop a plane for San Diego, site of the NCAA Convention, which starts Sunday.
Frederick was to be joined at the table today with Fred Williams of the Kansas Alumni Association and Jim Martin of KU Endowment.
"I'm pleased to have the opportunity to be involved in the process representing the athletic department," Frederick said. "The athletic department is budgetarily a small part of the university process, but an important public relations vehicle for the university.
"We have a keen interest in what happens," he added.
The four finalists are: Gerald Turner, chancellor of the University of Mississippi, Oxford; Robert Hemenway, chancellor of the University of Kentucky's main campus in Lexington; Milton Glick, senior vice president and provost at Arizona State Uniersity and Lois DeFleur, president of the State University of New York campus at Binghamton.
As far as the NCAA Convention goes, Frederick said eligibility standards for incoming student-athletes will again be a major topic.
"We still have this issue about initial eligibility," Frederick said. "There are four different proposals. The one the university favors would be one that allows a partial qualifier to earn back a fourth year of eligibility."
Currently, athletes who fail to record minimum test scores on the ACT and/or SAT tests must sit out a year, then receive just three years of eligibility, provided they makes the grade.
"Whether it's as controversial as last year, I don't know," Frederick said.
A year ago, coaches were incensed at the support for Proposition 16 -- which will take effect next year. The new standards will raise the required grade point average from 2.0 to 2.5 in 13 high school core courses. The minimum SAT score required of incoming freshman will remain at 700.
Prop 16 also includes a sliding scale allowing student-athletes with a 2.0 GPA to be eligible as freshmen as long as they score at least 900 on the SAT. The volatile nature of the issue was demonstrated last January when members of the Black Coaches Assn., and other coaches threatened to boycott basketball games as a protest of Prop 16 and the failure to add a 14th scholarship.
Also in San Diego, Big 12 Conference CEOs will meet with athletic directors from member schools.
Frederick won't be KU's lone representative at the annual convention. Assistant athletic directors John Hadl, Betsy Stephenson and Richard Konzem will attend as will interim chancellor Del Shankel who is also KU's faculty representative to the Big Eight Conference.