Archive for Friday, November 20, 2009

KU’s Chancellor issues statement putting support behind Lew Perkins

November 20, 2009


In the wake of an ongoing investigation of KU football coach Mark Mangino, and with rumors flying in the media and on message boards, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little issued a statement this morning indicating her full support of athletic director Lew Perkins.

Citing an unnamed "baseless media report," believed to be an article from's, Gray-Little pledged her support for Perkins.

"The notion that the university is conducting a review of Lew Perkins is false and completely unfounded. I am confident in the athletics director and his management team's ability to administer our athletics program in the highly capable and professional manner for which they are known. The review of the football program is consistent with the process outlined in Coach Mark Mangino's contract. I encourage everyone to wait until this process is completed before drawing any conclusions."


John Hamm 7 years, 11 months ago

Hmmmmmmmmm? Do I detect some "spin" here?

fabian_zimbabwe 7 years, 11 months ago

Interestingly -- or not so interestingly -- that same Web site also suggests Turner Gill is a front-runner for KU head coach should Mangino be shown the door.

Steve Jacob 7 years, 11 months ago

Turner Gill is the hot name this year. U of Buffalo is 4-7 this year, will a AD really want to pick a 4-7 Mid-AM coach?

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 11 months ago

Sports reporting is entertainment news, it is not journalism.

You might as well pick up an Enquirer at the check out stand and read about martian babies.

garyr 7 years, 11 months ago

Get ready for your new football coach. The new coach of the Kansas Jayhawks Football team is Turner Gill. He and Lew have been buddy / buddy for years. Just ask Turner's daughter, she goes to KU after all.

onetime97 7 years, 11 months ago

KU = not a big time program..get whoever they can

CheneyHawk 7 years, 11 months ago

Lew Perkin$ needs to go. Pin his name on his sweater and drop him off at the racetrack.

onehawkoneshock 7 years, 11 months ago

What the Chancellor is missing is the fact that there are a great number of people that would like to see Perkins ushered out the door. Perkins created this mess intentionally so that he could oust Mangino. He did it in a very unprofessional manner. There is another bully in Lawrence and he heads the athletic department. At some point there is going to be a grass roots campaign to get rid of Perkins.

thepianoman 7 years, 11 months ago

The whole thing is so unprofessional and childish.

Frightwig 7 years, 11 months ago

NBCsports got duped big time. They need to do some fact checking before they report information from anonymous and unverified sources. A player complained to Lew about improper conduct and Lew looked into it as any AD should. He met with players privately so they could speak openly in the event that there was merit to the complaint. I don't have any problem with Mangino or Perkins. They've both been great for KU and I hope they both stay. I do have a problem with internet rumor-mongers who call for either one of them (or both) to be fired without knowing the facts. I knew the NBCsports story was a steaming pile when I read the bit about Nike's alleged reason for pulling out of sponsorship. Nike lost that contract, they didn't pull out. Fact is, Adidas provided a better package and got the deal by agreeing to outfit all KU sports teams, unlike Nike. People are making a mountain out of a molehill when there is really nothing that controversial taking place. Let's get back to our jobs and let the involved parties work things out.

alfie 7 years, 11 months ago

Jayhawks an option for Buffalo's Gill? Posted by John Taylor on November 20, 2009 8:02 AM ET The talk of late, since the Western Kentucky job came open, is that a candidate for the head-coaching vacancy would be Buffalo's Turner Gill.

The rumors, to be honest, never made much sense from the start. First of all, and no offense to the Hilltoppers intended, but a move to the Sun Belt conference -- to a team that's just in its first year as a full-fledged member of Div. 1-A -- would be a step backwards career-wise, especially for a coach whose name has been attached to openings for schools currently residing in BcS conferences.

Secondly, it would be a step backwards for Gill financially. Gill currently makes at least 50 percent more than what David Elson pulled in at WKU, and it's highly unlikely the school could/would come up to the level of a MAC school.

So, what's all of this leading to? A solid rumor attaching Gill's name to a BcS school.

According to the Buffalo News, should the situation at Kansas become even more untenable and Mark Mangino and the school "part ways", Gill would likely become an immediate front runner to fill the opening.

The job UB fans should be worried about if it comes open is Kansas. Jayhawks coach Mark Mangino's tenure seems a bit unsteady as the university probes allegations that he verbally abused players and had physical contact with them, including poking linebacker Arist Wright in the chest during a walk-through practice in October. Gill has a relationship with Jayhawks AD Lew Perkins and he has a long storied history in the Big 12 as an assistant at Nebraska. And Gill's daughter, Jordan, is a student at KU.

If -- or should it be "when"? -- Mangino ultimately finds himself on the outs, it would make perfect sense for Gill to be a candidate for the position. Whether or not he would want to put himself into the middle of such a volatile work environment, though, would be another issue entirely.

penguin 7 years, 11 months ago

If we are going new...CHARLIE STRONG!!!

garyr 7 years, 11 months ago

Thanks Alfie!!! Now if only red-devil could see that.

Bud Stagg 7 years, 11 months ago

Nolen Cromwell, I'm just sayin he is the sexy choice. He has never been a head coach but he has coached a lot. Cromwell will get the gridiron money in the door.

Richard Payton 7 years, 11 months ago

What year did Coach Mangino win coach of the year? I think it was 2 years ago maybe last year.

KUFAN1518 7 years, 11 months ago

Nolen Cromwell would be the worst choice ever along with Turner Gill too. It will be like Terry Allen all over again with either one. If they do get rid of Mangino they better be thinking big, it better be somebody that is gonna come in and be able to surpass Mangino's acomplishments. I say keep Mangino.

KEITHMILES05 7 years, 11 months ago

I do hope Perkins is proud of the horrible PR job he is giving KU this week. If I was the Chancellor I'd be livid at him and telling him to clean it up........NOW.

Matt Warman 7 years, 11 months ago

Everytime someone says Lew Perkins, I hear cash registers ring. This witch hunt is worse than the fight club fiasco and equaly blown out of proportion. I am sick it all. I have no controll over it so I am sticking my fingers in my ears and ignoring. Wake me when this over.

bankboy119 7 years, 11 months ago


Charlie Weiss is AWFUL. I do hope that was an attempt at sarcasm.

givingisfun 7 years, 11 months ago

I was at a High School football game that Mangino's son played in when his son was given a penalty for something that Mangino thought he should not have been penalized for. Mangino rushed out from the stands onto the football field, totally out of control, and was yelling and calling everyone terrible names. He was in such a rage that he had to be escorted out of the Haskell Stadium. So yes, Mangino has an extremely bad temper that he desperately needs help with. But you know we see this kind of behavior in todays sports coaching from Jr. High School through the professional sports games. Coaches and players should focus on being the right kind of mentors our young people needs to see. Giving our young people good examples of good sportsmanship and how to conduct themselves while having fun. With sports today it is all about being tough, money and fame and letting that money and fame go to their heads. Then we end-up with a Bobby Knight or a Larry Johnson. And that is clearly not good sportsmanship.

persevering_gal 7 years, 11 months ago

Hmm, I wonder how the Gridiron Club is coming along?

davidsmom 7 years, 11 months ago

It is standard procedure to withhold releasing information until an investigation is complete; it is foolish to draw conclusions when all the facts are not yet known. Watch a police or FBI statement in the middle of a criminal investigation and you'll see the same thing. Speculate all you want but you really don't know everything. Chancellor Gray-Little has barely gotten her feet wet and KU is giving her something huge to deal with already. Calm down and let the process take place. I think she'll do just fine.

Robert Rauktis 7 years, 11 months ago

Does the chancellor REALLY know that Perkins is in charge and doesn't need her support? It's really the other way around. She's gotta learn this in a hurry.

MyName 7 years, 11 months ago

Okay, I think the thing people are forgetting is that Mangino was hired by the last AD (one of the few good hires he made). He's been doing a good enough job up until this year to keep his job, so it comes down to a performance issue on the field and, if these allegations are true a performance issue off the field and the decision may end up being made by someone who didn't hire the current coach and doesn't have as much invested in retaining him.

And I don't think a mid-major is the way to go for KU, unless you're talking like Boise State or something.

BorderRuffian 7 years, 11 months ago

I gotta ask the obvious, albeit insensitive and politically incorrect question here.

If Mangino, aka "Porky" is the football coach whose boss is AD Lew Perkins, why is it that Mr. Perkins didn't intervene long ago to stop the alleged abuses? As Mangino's boss, wasn't he the ultimate authority who should have stepped in to prevent what has been alleged?

Lew? Are you listening? Lew - where were you?

The big question is, why isn't Perkins's head the one on the chopping block. As Porky's boss, isn't he the one responsible for that has been going on? If Mangino's behavior has indeed been an ongoing thing, why didn't Perkins step in and correct the problem?

If Mangino's abusive behavior had been a one-time issue, Perkins should have had two options - either take corrective action, or fire Mangino. Obviously Perkins did neither. If, as it has been alleged, Mangino's abuse has been chronic and spanned a number of years, one of three possibilitiess occur to me: first, Perkins was totally oblivious to what is taking place in his own department - reason to fire Perkins. Two, Perkins knew what was going on, but as long as KU was winning elected to allow the abuses to continue - makes him as guilty as Porky and he should be fired. Three - Perkins was just waiting for Mangino to get enough rope to hang himself so he could get rid of him and hire one of his cronies. This still leaves Perkins aware of the situation, but for political reasons elects to do nothing. Reason again to fire him.

The bottom line is this - if it is found that Mangino is indeed guilty of what has been alleged, then Perkins MUST share in the same fate as that of his employee.

What a mess. I think it is high time for Perkins's shoes to slap dirt and take a hike.

XEPCT 7 years, 11 months ago

"The bottom line is this - if it is found that Mangino is indeed guilty of what has been alleged, then Perkins MUST share in the same fate as that of his employee."

That is ludicrous. Lew has been, and will continue to be, great for our university. Why anyone would want him to be fired (!) is completely beyond me.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 11 months ago

Students are missing those 30% days off at the bookstore. A great opportunity for stocking up on art supplies.

Horrible horrible timing. There is no better way to schedule more losses. This matter surfacing still early in the season is a great distraction for the team. Which parent is whining so loud?

What would anyone expect the Chancellor to say....... Lew is a rotten SOB and I cannot stand the way he operates? She is doing what any Chancellor would do in hopes of silencing more speculation. The Chancellor must publicly stand by her people....the bottom line. She may in fact believe strongly in Lew Perkins.

Again the sad aspect of this is no more 30% days off at the bookstore with Christmas so close. What a drag for students and christmas shoppers. Life must go on.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 11 months ago

Mangino is abusive some players think? Playing football is abusive. Wrecking groins,knees,ankles,shoulders for life plus a concussion or two is self abuse? Words it seems would be the least of concerns.

One might say that Perkins promoted the alleged "bad" Mangino behavior through increased salary promotions?

Are salary increases based on performance or written into contracts as to when pay increases are authorized?

Which parents are allegedly whining? Local big money influential parents? Is this where all of the rumours began?

Are the new suites not selling?

Again the sad aspect of this is no more 30% days off at the bookstore with Christmas so close. What a drag for students and christmas shoppers. Life will go on.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 11 months ago

Face it folks there's so much we do not know than we'll ever know.

Soooooo we may as well sit back,sip a brew or java and take it easy. The chips will fall where they may. This is part of the coaching deal and coaches know this. Especially when the objective is to create a long term winning football image = high pressure.

Therefore KU can expect a lot of turnover.

Bob Forer 7 years, 11 months ago

Congratulations, givingisfun. YOu've just been nominated as the "witch hunt cheerleader of the day." Not only that, but you are a contemptible liar.

First of all, his son was not penalized. He was was the victim of a late hit where a penalty was not called, had to leave the game, and was thought to have incurred a concussion. Coach Mangino did not charge the field, and in fact, took no action until after the game was concluded, when he was seen, inappropriately, yelling and pointing his finger at some of the officials.

here's the link:

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