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Kansas AD Lew Perkins will still live in Lawrence

August 18, 2010

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Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins said Tuesday he plans on making Lawrence his home following his retirement in September of 2011.

“Long before I decided to retire we decided we were going to stay in Lawrence,” Perkins said of he and his wife, Gwen.

“We love this university, this community. We have great friends here. We’ve lived in many, many places, none better than Lawrence,” he added.

Perkins announced his retirement on June 10. He will work at KU until Sept. 4, 2011. He was hired at KU in June of 2003.

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swmrsue 3 years, 8 months ago

See how much KUAC is in debt to the tune of $93,670,643 (line item 26..page 13). KUAC was in debt $60,533,735 the year before. That is quite an increase. This is a pattern that Lew has had in every previous job as an AD. Yes, we have the facilities but are now left in POOR financial conditions. This report is from a year ago. I hate to see where we are now. http://www.kuathletics.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/kan/genrel/auto_pdf/08-form990fiscal0809

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TopJayhawk 3 years, 8 months ago

Give the man a break.
He did a lot for KU. He made some big mistakes too. Of course he ain't perfect like all the Lawrence intelligencia on here.
Get over yourselves. Glad you are staying Lew.

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4everahawk 3 years, 8 months ago

KAI has a great academic program. Most, if not all, of those staff were hired by Dr. Bob, not Lew. Their offices have been improved upon and there may be more tutors available, but the staff have always worked very diligently with the student athletes and done a remarkable job. Recruiting more students who have more academic potential and the staff that has been there WAY before Lew came to town is the reason for the improved academic scores. Why do you people keep giving him credit for EVERYTHING? He in no way has contributed to the academic improvement.

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edjayhawk 3 years, 8 months ago

I believe that the student athletes under the Perkins administration had the best academic scores then all others.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 8 months ago

A Connecticut Yankee in King Georgie's town. I was hoping he would take that Eastern style back to the Yukon or UConn.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 8 months ago

let the guy retire!

in fact, why is this in the paper?

yes he made some decisions that were unpopular, and some that weren't good for lawrence.

if we love lawrence, why wouldn't we understand his desire to retire here?

besides, since Mangino left town, it's 20% cheaper to hit any buffet in town. great for retirees!

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 8 months ago

With 4 million a year anyone could claim this as "home" but have plenty of money to leave whenever.

Most folks don't understand, that there are some of the elite who have moved to Lawrence from the East because they would be just someone there, but here they believe they are somebody!

Will Lew deliver Meals on Wheels? And will his wife upon retirement do lots of charity work?

Just curious!

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kansasredlegs 3 years, 8 months ago

After retirement, will Big Lew have to get in line with all the others for tickets under the point system he implemented? Perhaps the Williams Fund could get back some of its money by making him buy points.

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bromidrosis 3 years, 8 months ago

Doug Compton and Lew have a "special" relationship. I've also heard that Doug is into giving long generous foot massages, which Lew pays top dollar for here in Lawrence. Something you just can't get on the east coast.

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salad 3 years, 8 months ago

Esteshwak, you must be good friends with David Whittig and Jeff Skilling. Who cares what a greedy scumbag a guy is, as long as the boosters/shareholders are happy?

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esteshawk 3 years, 8 months ago

And as far as the T-shirt garbage: Please. KU owns the logo and the brand, not Larry Sinks. If you love KU, you should thank Uncle Lew for protecting that brand, which helps fund the athletic department, not Larry "Eddie Haskell" Sinks bank account.

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esteshawk 3 years, 8 months ago

Ok Larrytowners - get over your selfselves. Uncle Lew may have his drawbacks, but don't we all? And look what he did for the program: One National Championship and an Orange Bowl win. Look at Allen and Memorial Stadium and all the improvements. You can whine and moan about his style, but you cannot dispute the results, which in America is really what matters. 20 years from now, those trophies will still be in the case, and all the other stuff will be fading memories.

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salad 3 years, 8 months ago

Lew wants to stay in Lawrence and make sure the town is safe against outlaw T-shirt printers, who shall be CRUSHED under his mighty heel!!!

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4everahawk 3 years, 8 months ago

Could be he burned all his bridges on the east coast......

I love Lawrence, but really folks, if you were a multi-millioniare and could live ANYWHERE in the world, would you choose Lawrence? This is suspicious at best. Perhaps he believes he can still influence athletics even after his retirement. What are the chances that his staff will be left intact next year?

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TrooGrit 3 years, 8 months ago

I am certain with the amount of money that Lew has amassed for himself, he and his wife will live happily ever after in Larryville. I know everyone gives Lew a lot of grief, and he has done things that really angered many in this town, but he was brought in to do a job, and raise more money for the Athletic Department, and regardless of what you think of the man personally, he did do just that. Raised (a lot) more money for the Athletics Department.

It will be interesting to see who takes his place.

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Chris Condren 3 years, 8 months ago

This is great news. Trickle down economics will favor all the small people in Larence once Perkins spents all he has squeezed out of KU.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 8 months ago

sure why not ..all the perks are here......free this...free that....LoL!

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garyr 3 years, 8 months ago

Why would he move from Lawrence? He can take the private jet anywhere he wants for free, even after his retirement!!

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consumer1 3 years, 8 months ago

I am willing to say Welcome Lew and Gwen, I hope you both enjoy your retirement here. In reality you have done for KU exactly what you said you would. I don't always agree with KU motives but, you did your job well.

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Number_1_Grandma 3 years, 8 months ago

Something tells me he's not done sucking the KU teet.....

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newmedia 3 years, 8 months ago

Gotta keep that Lawrence economy cranking !

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Hydra 3 years, 8 months ago

No othern town will take him.

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cheeseburger 3 years, 8 months ago

Oh joy! Isn't there some retirement community for arrogant, smug buffoons that would be better suited for The Schnoz? It would be one thing if he left the university's employ under favorable conditions, but he had embarrassed us on the national stage too many times. Goodbye Lew.

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