To the editor:
I must start off saying that I love Kansas University, like Larry Keating and Lew Perkins. Yes, there is a “but” coming, but later. Considering the pluses and minuses that Mangino brought to the football program, his time had come and gone. My friends and I were hoping for a high-profile coach to surface. There were several names that surfaced, one being Turner Gill. Not one of my friends thought he would be the right guy, not even close to being the man. A great football player is true — turned a mid-level Buffalo team into champs. However, left with a losing record.
After hearing his news conference, I am totally convinced Gill is the gentleman with the utmost integrity to lead KU back to the leadership they desire. Probably more importantly is Gill has character.
Now the but. Remember years ago when Allen Iverson did an interview and said, “Practice,” “Practice.” That is the very short version, but why would KU pay “$2 million,” “$2 million” for a mid-level coach who was making $400,000? Maybe we were in competition with some other school for his services? Never heard that was the case. Gill probably would have taken the job with very little increase to finally get back to the big time.
Not my money going to Gill so I guess I should assume all the boosters were happy with the 500 percent raise. My only question is why did they pay him so much initially?