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Sources: Bubba Cunningham to be KU’s next athletic director

Tulsa athletic director Bubba Cunningham speaks to the Rotary Club of Tulsa in this January 2010 file photo. According to sources, Cunningham will be named the next athletic director at KU.

Tulsa athletic director Bubba Cunningham speaks to the Rotary Club of Tulsa in this January 2010 file photo. According to sources, Cunningham will be named the next athletic director at KU.

December 14, 2010, 3:50 p.m. Updated December 14, 2010, 9:57 p.m.

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Bubba Cunningham timeline

1982-83 — Member of Notre Dame golf team

1984 — Earned bachelor’s degree in business administration from Notre Dame

1987-88 — Served as athletics department intern at Notre Dame

1988 — Earned master’s degree in business administration from Notre Dame

1988-93 — Served as Notre Dame’s ticketing and marketing manager

1993-95 — Became Notre Dame’s assistant athletic director/business manager

1995-2000 — Served as Notre Dame’s associate athletics director for finance and facilities

2000-02 — Served as Notre Dame’s associate director of athletics for external affairs

2002-05 — Accepted athletic director position at Ball State University

2005-10 — Became athletic director position at University of Tulsa

2010 — Reported to be Kansas University's next athletic director, replacing Lew Perkins

Kansas University has chosen Tulsa University’s Lawrence “Bubba” Cunningham as its next athletic director, according to sources, but as of Tuesday, the sources were unaware of a scheduled news conference to announce a successor to Lew Perkins.

The Tulsa World reported Tuesday on its website that KU would hold a news conference Wednesday or Thursday to announce the hiring.

“I think word would have gotten to me if that (a press conference today) was going to happen,” one Journal-World source said. “The last I had heard was that there would not be an announcement until after Christmas. I don’t know whether that will change.”

Tulsa faces Hawaii on Christmas Eve in the Hawaii Bowl, which might be a factor in why Cunningham preferred to delay the announcement.

Cunningham makes a weekly appearance on Tulsa radio station 1430 The Buzz at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Asked by the show host about reports he had accepted the A.D. job at Kansas, Cunningham didn’t tip his hand.

“I do not talk about it until there’s a change in employment status,” Cunningham said. “And there is not a change in employment status.”

Journal-World sources said Cunningham and Notre Dame Deputy Athletic Director Bill Scholl interviewed with Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little last week on the recommendation of a search committee that ranked Cunningham as its top choice.

Cunningham, 48, earned an undergraduate degree (1984) and master’s in business (1988) from Notre Dame. Cunningham has been at Tulsa for more than five years. Before that, he was A.D. at Ball State in Indiana for three years.

Born in Flint, Mich., and reared in Naples, Fla., Cunningham also worked 15 years in the athletic department at Notre Dame, where he played on the golf team.

His nickname, “Bubba,” comes from his childhood. Cunningham explained his nickname at his introductory press conference at Tulsa: “I have two older sisters, my first name is Lawrence or ‘Larry,’ same name as my father and my sisters couldn’t say brother. I was a short, fat little kid and it stuck. I have had that name ever since.

“By time I went to college, I thought this was an opportunity to go by my middle name. My middle name is Richard, so I would have been Richie Cunningham and I didn’t think that was a good option. I decided to stay with ‘Bubba.’”

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irvan moore 3 years, 4 months ago

hey, he's going to Hawaii for Christmas if he keeps the job he got for another week or so, missus be sayin "Bubba, you got some 'splainin" to do.

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Armen Kurdian 3 years, 4 months ago

I have bad news. Bubba shot the jukebox last night. But, Bubba can dance, so I can to.

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HonestAbe1981 3 years, 4 months ago

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GatorBait 3 years, 4 months ago

Known Bubba a long time, one of those guys there's no reason not to like. Smart, personable, and much better athlete than only golf. Would be a good get for KU, ND may be sorry not to have him.

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Agnostick 3 years, 4 months ago

So, who's the assistant AD gonna be? "Cooter?"

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macon47 3 years, 4 months ago

everyone can wring their hands for the next few days or weeks

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 4 months ago

“I do not talk about it until there’s a change in employment status,” Cunningham said. “And there is not a change in employment status.”

This makes me think this is very fishy, and in today's edition of the JW rag, there was the statement that "he could still back out if he wanted" So why the wait until after Christmas. Anyone old enough to remember "Dewey defeats Truman"?????

This is not journalism, this is speculation from "sources"???????? I consider this sort of crap to be somewhat akin to the National Enquirer and it's ilk, speculation, imagination, grandstanding, but not solid journalism. Maybe the guy from the Sooner State (same place Bill Self and Mangino came from) will come here, but maybe he is checking out Laswrence, and if so, well, don't get too enthusiastic. Concentrate on the coronation of Josh Selby and his upcoming NBA career.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 4 months ago

gee i am glad the guy wasnt a wounded war veteran.....who worked his way through a higher education, after coming home.........to be offered a position as this one...no telling what the majority of you would of said about him.

hb jayhawk...why dont u call the williams fund..and voice your complaint...i am sure they will give u the answer u seek...esp if your that unhappy...tell them u are pulling your $$$ ..its your money...

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missmagoo 3 years, 4 months ago

His name is Lawrence, what a coink-ie-dink. Sounds perfect to me, we'll call you that. My one year old's nickname is Bubba, so I will have to call you something else so I don't get confused. Or give him a complex.

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Richard Payton 3 years, 4 months ago

Sticks and stones may broke my bones but names will never hurt me - love Bubba.

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psycho_theclown 3 years, 4 months ago

This doesn't work for me. Dear Lord, why would we even consider someone with a nickname, let alone , "Bubba." Anyone who would allow themselves to be called that does not need to be the frontman for anything at KU.

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hbjayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

You got to be kidding me!!!!! Where the hell is our esteemed alumni and Williams Funds input?? This is what happens when you let the administrative wing of KUAC start making decisions. My goodness . . . we are going to be Iowa State in a few years looking for a home . . .

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Pitt_Mackeson 3 years, 4 months ago

I don't like the looks of this. Not one bit. Lew was a great AD minus the ticket scandal part. We need a another Lew Perkins without the greed. No Bubba's aloud.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 4 months ago

It is 10:30 pm Tuesday and the Kansas City channels are showing video of Mr. Cunningham denying that any deal has been finalized and refusing to comment on anything other that the TU football team that is in a bowl game.

Hey, Keiling, isn't this posting a little bit premature???? I heard it in the man's own words on Channel 9

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lllwll 3 years, 4 months ago

Bought a KU Basketball jersey for my granddaughter for christmas and wanted her name put on the back.

Was told we will have to get permission from KU.

This is so bad. Hire a damn begger off the street and pay 20.00 per day.

I am disgusted with KU and all you happy liberal so called fans and suck ups.

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yankeevet 3 years, 4 months ago

Merry Xmas!!! this is good news..........

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CorkyHundley 3 years, 4 months ago

Bubba, Bubby, or Bubbers is perfect for Kansas. Lawrence? Not so much. But Kansas?

Perfect.

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HopeAndChange 3 years, 4 months ago

Welcome to the University Of Kansas Mr. Cunningham. It's great to have you here.

I want to apologize in advance for some of the comments made on this forum. You see Mr. Cunningham, there are a lot of liberals that live in Lawrence, KS. By nature, liberals are very pessimistic, angry, bitter little people. Liberals don't view the glass as half empty but broken into a million pieces. Lawrence liberals find extreme happiness in criticizing other people and especially successful people. Liberals wish to punish achievement with confiscatory tax policies. Take from the productive members of society and give to the unproductive. Mainly because liberals themselves are unproductive college professors and the like.

My advice Mr. Cunningham, after you read this, don't pay any attention to the comments on this forum or any other forum in Lawrence. It's a complete waste of your time!

Rock Chalk

PS: I like the name Bubba.

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parrothead8 3 years, 4 months ago

2005-10 — Became athletic director position at University of Tulsa

I've heard of someone becoming an athletic director, but how, exactly, does one become an athletic director position?

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red_devil 3 years, 4 months ago

Oh, stfu! The only athletic team worth a crap at Kansas year after year is basketball. How is this guy gonna put everything in the toilet?

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edjayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

He will have his hands full in trying to get season football ticket holders to renew. Right now I'm pointing to no unless some miracle happens in recruiting. Maybe they hired him because the name "Bubba" sounds like a Southern football guy.

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Danimal 3 years, 4 months ago

So much for having successful sports programs. I know Tulsa has been okay, and just okay, at several different sports recently so judging by Bubba's track record I would look for KU sports programs to take a nose dive into the sewer. I hope I'm wrong, but I think KU just shot itself in the foot. Seriously, we're going from one of the most successful (granted, also one of the most polarizing) ADs in college sports to some a-hole from Tulsa that no one has ever heard of. Great work KU, bang up job.

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g_rock 3 years, 4 months ago

My given name is Benjamin Buford Blue, but people call me Bubba. Just like one of them ol' redneck boys. Can you believe that?

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equalaccessprivacy 3 years, 4 months ago

Those yellow and black ties are hardly charming!

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HalsteadHawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Is it okay if we call you Larry?

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BobtheBuilder 3 years, 4 months ago

Good Luck Bubba. Maybe you can now make Lew pay for his tickets to all the sporting events. Why in the heck was Lew sitting next to the Chancellor at the Sprint center last weekend. There is something not right about that. She gives him $2 million to leave the University and then he sits right beside her. Also, noticed last women's game he was sitting on the floor with Larry Keating. He needs to get out of the picture altogether. Something smells stinky about this.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 4 months ago

Will food service now switch to Bubba Burgers.

Our cocah is a Bubba with all the fixins' to win. If he doesn't, don't blame Bernadette, she just endorsed what the Committee wanted.

Now Bubba needs to clean the kitchen in the AD dept.

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TheStonesSuck 3 years, 4 months ago

I'm liking how this guy worked his way up from the bottom, from intern to AD. Master's Degree and all. Here's to hoping he does a good job.

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Vinny1 3 years, 4 months ago

wow. Only a couple hours late to the party this time. Good job being on top of things in your own backyard LJWorld.

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beerbaron03 3 years, 4 months ago

Breaking news: Bubba needs a new nickname

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macon47 3 years, 4 months ago

LET THE OUT OF WORK ENGLISH MAJORS AND KU HATERS ATTACK WITH VENGENCE

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 4 months ago

Too bad Joe College is gone. A money maker with a name like Bubba.

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