Archive for Friday, December 18, 2009

KU chancellor says Perkins’ contract with Overland Park company isn’t a problem

December 18, 2009


— A contract between Kansas University Athletic Director Lew Perkins and a private company that does business with Kansas Athletics Inc. is fine, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said.

Gray-Little made the comment to the Kansas Board of Regents as part of KU’s response to an audit that was released in September.

The audit of financial dealings at KU and its affiliated groups found no major problems, but did question an $18,000 annual contract between Perkins and Ceebrook Creative Concepts, an Overland Park advertising and marketing company.

Auditors said KU should evaluate the contract “for appropriateness.”

Gray-Little told the regents on Thursday that the contract was reviewed by KU’s general counsel, who “found no violation” of KU policy.

The audit had stated that Perkins reported that his business relationship with the Ceebrook had nothing to do with its business with Kansas Athletics. The report noted that Perkins listed the company on his state-required Statement of Substantial Interest.

Jim Marchiony, associate athletic director, had said Perkins received $18,000 per year from Ceebrook for consultations he has with the company’s president, Jim Badzin, on issues such as leadership, strategic planning, motivation and community service.

Marchiony said Ceebrook is a vendor that bids on work supplying promotional items, such as license plate frames or calendars.

The regents had ordered audits of KU, Kansas State University and Pittsburg State University following the retirements of former KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway, Jon Wefald as president of Kansas State, and Tom Bryant as Pittsburg State’s president.

But findings of problems after the KSU review prompted the regents to call for a broader policy of audits of all regents institutions.


John Hamm 8 years, 4 months ago

Nah. No conflict of interest there......... Oh Lew, Lew, Lew

newsreader 8 years, 4 months ago

don't you think the LJWorld could find a little more informatino about this then just a 'business relationship'

How much business does this company do with KU compared to other local colleges that are not on their payroll?

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 4 months ago

I sure am glad this guy can find some part-time gig to help him get by. After all, with his annual salary, he can barely survive. And god knows we wouldn't him to work full time for his salary anyway.

Maybe he can make some extra jack by billing the city for another 5 minute parade. Oh, I forgot.

mae 8 years, 4 months ago

figure $5 a pop for a license plate frame or calendar and this company is selling 3600 widgets just to pay lew. I'd be really mad if working for them. That's a person's yearly earnings that makes those widgets and they piss it away to an already rich guy who they probably have to hear one speech a year from.

"leadership, strategic planning, motivation and community service", really who needs to pay that much money for basic life skills???

petunia 8 years, 4 months ago

You know that really annoying lady that sits behind the basketball announcers during KU basketball games? The one that has front row seats at center court and is always flashing her mug between Ron Franklin and Fran Fraschilla?

Yeah, that's Jim Badzin's wife.

Justin Ahrens 8 years, 4 months ago

KRichards (Anonymous) says…

Perkins is one of the best things to ever happen to KU and KUAC. Quit being jealous just because he makes a lot of money for making a lot of money for KUAC.

looks like 1 out of 8 agree with you

most think Lew is a rat

booze_buds_03 8 years, 4 months ago

Well the 15 thousand people who show up to every basketball game using Lew's priority point system and the 40-55 thousand that show up to football games also using Lew's priority point system disagree. If they hated Lew so much, why would they continue to support him with their checkbooks?

TheYetiSpeaks 8 years, 4 months ago

Did you people just skip over the part where the Chancellor of the freaking university said there was nothing wrong with this. When you complain about something thats perfectly legal it does make you look quite jealous.

4everahawk 8 years, 4 months ago

booze buds - when will you realize that people are NOT supporting LP by attending games at whatever cost they have to fork up - they are supporting their beloved university and teams. He may do a lot damage, but he does NOT have the power to take away the love people have for KU and they most likely hate him, but love just don't get it.

Godot 8 years, 4 months ago

Would the Chancellor approve if the director of the payroll staff was a paid consultant for the provider of the payroll software? Or if the director of benefits was a paid consultant for the health insurance company? How about if the director of student housing was a paid consultant for the food vendor?

Jim Williamson 8 years, 4 months ago

So many people still just don't get it. Amazing.

anon1958 8 years, 4 months ago

Booze_buds_03 (Anonymous) says…

If they hated Lew so much, why would they continue to support him with their checkbooks?

Same reason junkies hate the pimp but love the crack cocaine. They are addicted.

4everahawk 8 years, 4 months ago

hillbilly jim - agree, he has turned what used to be 'snob hill' to 'mob hill'. Crying shame. Phogfan86 - you are so so far up 'there' you are the one who really doesn't get it.

Paul R Getto 8 years, 4 months ago

Leave Lew alone. He's doing a fine job.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 4 months ago

Some of you simply don't know what an AD is supposed to do. If you did, you wouldn't post such BS. Lew is doing exactly what's he's here for: build KU athetic programs and make money.

"because Lew Perkins wanted an 11:00 game so it could be on a pay-per-view channel. Screw the bands that were willing to come, but didn't. This was the worst turnout for a band day ever thanks to Lew. Lew has absolutely no vision. There just isn't any ability to negotiate or see the big picture."

That IS the big picture. It's about football and money, not about bands.

CheneyHawk 8 years, 4 months ago

Uh oh. Uncle Fester is trying to multi-task. Keep your eye on the ball in Lawrence, Lew/Uncle Fester....

missmagoo 8 years, 4 months ago

LOL petunia, thanks for the info! instead of giving my money to williams fund, I'd rather just hire Lew as a "consultant" and pay him 15k.. obviously it comes with a lot of perks :)

LawrenceKSHomeBoy 8 years, 4 months ago

Wow, ethics are pretty shallow in the athletics department.

Patti Hadl 8 years, 4 months ago

Well....isn't that a big surprise! Big Louigi got another one of his "deals" approved. Probably wrote the press release himself. Shaking my head. Maybe someday we will be governed by ethics instead of greed.

4everahawk 8 years, 4 months ago

KRichards.....if only you knew. Those of you who agree with this style apparently deal with life as he does and think it's right. It just isn't. Believe me. Even Tiger's private life eventually caught up with him and he fell hard (no pun intended)....

Jayhawktriplegrad 8 years, 4 months ago

Don't assume that people who hate Lew lost great seats. My 40+year seats have improved with the points system, and I continue to attend because I support my school. Lew raises lots of money, but he spends much of it on himself and his overpaid crew. I object to his manipulation of the permanent points to cheapen years-long support. He's also terrible at public relations, turning most any situation into a KU embarrassment. With the exception of a few KU grads with some sensibilities, much of his staff are incredibly arrogant boors with whom to work. His only interest is immediate cash. The long-term interests of KU and KU athletics are immaterial to Lew and crew.

notajayhawk 8 years, 4 months ago

KRichards (Anonymous) says…

"So can someone remind me all the atrocities that Lew has done to all of you?"

In case you haven't been paying attention, the boo-hooers can't afford the tickets that go to big supporters any more. They all want big-time sports that they can afford to attend without cutting into their beer-and-taco budgets.

CheneyHawk 8 years, 4 months ago

Notajayhawk - All I see is empty seats near the floor on camera midway through a game @ AFH with big money showing no loyalty. Many showed loyalty with FB & BB tickets for years with nothing to show. Even with a decent salary and you're raising kids, Lew blew us out of the water....

gphawk89 8 years, 4 months ago

The phrase that comes up over and over in my ethics training is "avoid an actual or even the appearance of impropriety". Looks like Lew avoided the first but not the second. But I guess in the world of high-dollar sports, only legality or illegality matters - ethics is out the window.

anon1958 8 years, 4 months ago

Oneeye_wilbur (Anonymous) says…

give Chancellor Gray time,,she is a sharp cookie..notice she had the university counsel make the decision…not Bernadette, but the “counsel”. This Chancellor knows exactly what she is doing. Do not, anyone, underestimate her. The “counsel” made the decision. Sharp move on the Chancellor's part.

Sit back and wait this out!

ROFLMAO, KU attorneys do not make decisions, they advise administrators whether or not the decisions are legally defensible. Indeed many of the reprehensible actions and bullying tactics used against employees that the previous administration executed were only legally defensible because compared to any faculty or staff member the university has unlimited legal resources.

I am not convinced she has the power to make a real difference and reign in the athletic department. Regardless of her intelligence and ambitions KU is riddled with self serving and out of control administrators. The vast majority of KU administrators are homegrown burned out professors that do not know didley squat about management.

KU is a mecca for narcissistic administrators and is the ultimate old boys club. KU has been on a downhill slide for a long time and Hemenway certainly proved he was incompetent and unable to advance the research and teaching mission. Any mid-career professor with ambition should be interviewing at other universities in the upcoming months.

Chancellors and presidents do not reign in powerful athletic directors because their is no motivation for them to do so and it will just be a giant headache for no benefit. Americans have demonstrated their disdain (or at least disinterest) for academia and slavish devotion to coaches and teams.

If alumni had to choose between excellence in football and basketball versus excellence in research and teaching, what do you think they would pick?

If the choice was between a high level of integrity in the athletic department or anything goes to make money for the athletic department which choice do you think Hemenway made and the current chancellor continues to support.

notajayhawk 8 years, 4 months ago

CheneyHawk (Anonymous) says…

"All I see is empty seats near the floor on camera midway through a game @ AFH with big money showing no loyalty. Many showed loyalty with FB & BB tickets for years with nothing to show."

Ah, yes, loyalty. I remember back (okay, waaaaay back) in the pre-Lew days at UConn, paying $4 to sit in first-come-first-sit bleacher seats at the old fieldhouse. We were a loyal bunch, hanging in there til the end to see Dee Rowe call for a four-corners to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, against URI, UMass, St Joseph's, etc (and we won't even talk about the games against the likes of Georgetown).

Even if I still lived back there, I couldn't afford the seats at Gampel or the Hartford Civic Center, but then, I get to watch them on national TV now. The 3 Final Fours, 2 NCAA championships, 6 Big East tournament championships, and 9 regular season championships tend to make them more visible.

And the new football stadium, while again too pricey for many students, was required to move the Huskies into Div 1-A, which they accomplished in 2002 and have been to three bowls since. The third was this past January, a game they won, putting a sad note to the end of a great season for their opponent, who was playing in their first bowl game after winning their first MAC championship. You might have heard of the opponent's coach.

I'm all for loyalty, CH. But overall, especially as I now live about 1400 miles from the campus, I'd rather be loyal watching them win on TV.

gl0ck0wn3r 8 years, 4 months ago

So how much business does this company get with KU? What is the extent of the relationship? Are there tickets involved? Williams Fund donations?

Jerry Collins 8 years, 4 months ago

Like that ugly mug could get a mistress! Also 4everahawk-well said.

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