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Letters to the Editor

$2 million?

December 22, 2009

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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?

Comments

Aileen Dingus 4 years, 4 months ago

Joe Paterno makes $1.03 million a year. Let's hope that Gill turns out to be half the coach JoePa is for twice the salary.

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anon1958 4 years, 4 months ago

Why complain about paying someone 2 million to do their job when KU is paying millions for Mangino not to do his job.

Get with the program! KUAC has a golden goose and Perkins has his arm up the ass of the goose all the way to his elbow.

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jlw53 4 years, 4 months ago

Perkins ego is the answer to your question.

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wysiwyg69 4 years, 4 months ago

Athletics period, is out of control. Just what the government wants, a diversion of their bungling of the government.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

they could've hired me for half that.

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toddtrip 4 years, 4 months ago

KU Athletics is simply 'out of control'.

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50YearResident 4 years, 4 months ago

$2 million could have bought a lot more experianced coach! What was the big hurry?

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UNIKU 4 years, 4 months ago

Viewaskew nailed it -- that is exactly why. This was a subliminal recruiting tool as well...

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viewaskew 4 years, 4 months ago

Very simple. KU - and Lew Perkins - wants to ensure that we are viewed as a FOOTBALL school. Football schools do not hire head coaches for $1 million dollars. If you want to play with the big boys you have to be able to pay with the big boys.

Much like Mangino's raise and extension, this salary is aimed at the wider football community; KU is serious about football.

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Brent Garner 4 years, 4 months ago

Hmmm...good question raised by this LTE writer. Maybe the KU sports management were taking a page from Congress' playbook!

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KEITHMILES05 4 years, 4 months ago

Answer: What Lew wants, he gets.

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