Archive for Friday, June 29, 2001

Frederick willing to help with transition

Longtime KU AD says goodbye

June 29, 2001


Outgoing Kansas University athletics director Bob Frederick gives a resounding thumbs-up to his successor Fresno State's Allen Bohl.

"I know Allen. He is a really good person and has a great background," Frederick said Thursday before Bohl's introductory press conference at KU's Parrott Athletic Center.

"I think he'll do well and I know everybody wants him to do well."

Frederick he's headed to the School of Education as a professor did not talk to Bohl at all during the interview process. He said he is willing to converse with Bohl during the transition period if Bohl so desires.

"No question ... any way I can be of help I will," Frederick said. "I love this place and I want him to be successful."

On Thursday, Frederick's former employees KU coaches and athletics department administrators held a goodbye luncheon in the AD's honor. Frederick left his office carrying remains of a cake at 1:15 p.m., an hour before the press conference to introduce Bohl.

"It was really great spending some time with people who were great friends," Frederick said. "It's tough to leave them, but I think the world of them. It's been an honor to be associated with them.

"I'm really proud of our people and our student-athletes. We had a great spring semester, the highest grades we've ever gotten for all our student-athletes. The Academic All-Americans are something I'll never forget."

Frederick said he was touched by comments from Stanford AD Ted Leland, who was in town recently to assess KU's athletics program.

"I visited with him after he was finished. He said, 'I want to take my hat off as a consultant and say to you as a friend, 'You should be really proud of what you accomplished here because it's obvious the coaches think this is a special place to be because of the environment you've created for the student-athletes to succeed academically and athletically.' That meant a lot to me."

Frederick remains chair of the NCAAs committee on sportsmanship and ethical conduct. He'll remain on that committee in coming months and also remain on an NCAA committee of basketball issues, chaired by Syracuse's Buzz Shaw.

That group talked about recruiting last year and this year will discuss the controversial 5 and 8 scholarship rule.

"We've talked about issues like improving behavior of student-athletes, fans and coaches. We have met with officiating groups and are responsible for the gambling issue," Frederick said of the ethics group.

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