Archive for Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Will Perkins be next?

June 2, 2010


— Jan. 3, 2008. A cold night in Miami. Mark Mangino, the football coach who recruited and drilled talent so well that Kansas University won the Orange Bowl with a 12-1 record, stood on the podium and held up an orange to an adoring crowd. Lew Perkins, the athletic director who maneuvered to help KU land the game, stood beside him and beamed approval.

Life smiled on both driven family men.

Nothing lasts forever, but how could it all go so sour, so quickly for both bosses?

Perkins didn’t hire Mangino, but when they joined in celebrating the Orange Bowl victory they sure looked like a winning combination.

Now, 29 months later, my gut tells me Turner Gill will coach his first football game at KU working for a man who didn’t hire him.

The second I learned Perkins had launched an investigation into Mangino’s treatment of players in the middle of the 2009 football season, Mangino’s departure became a matter of when, not if.

In the likely event KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little authorizes an independent investigation into whether Lew Perkins violated any rules of ethics in accepting the delivery to his home of exercise equipment for which he did not pay, Perkins’ departure clock starts ticking. Such an investigation could lead to Perkins having to answer whether anyone who ever did anything for him personally was repaid in any way with a privilege not made available to others.

Why would Perkins, who has set up his family nicely already and accomplished big things for his current employer in the way of new facilities, want to stick around to answer questions such as: Why did this person who didn’t give as much as that person sit in that seat at Allen Fieldhouse, or why did this person get a seat on a team flight when that person didn’t?

Watching Perkins talk about why he couldn’t talk about what everyone wanted to ask him about at the opening day of Tuesday’s spring Big 12 meetings called to mind watching Mangino in the closing weeks of his KU career conducting post-game news conferences without any sarcasm.

Only those who delight in the misery of others could feel anything but bad for Mangino in his public appearances while he was walking the plank. Ditto for Perkins on Tuesday. His signature swagger didn’t make the trip with him to Kansas City.

Hearing Perkins talk about how protecting KU’s conference affiliation is what he needs to focus on recalled Mangino answering questions about the investigation into his conduct by saying he needed to concentrate on preparing his team for its next game.

Remember Mangino saying he had no regrets? Perkins sounded a similar sentiment about the exercise equipment: “I think it’s very clear — and I hate to use the word because it sounds bad, but the word victim — I’m the victim.”

After a loss at Texas, I asked Mangino if he thought he would coach the Missouri game. He rightly said to ask someone else. Now Perkins isn’t the person to ask about his future. It’s a question the chancellor must answer. Her magnificent poker face won’t betray her thoughts and feelings.


anon1958 7 years, 10 months ago

"Only those who delight in the misery of others could feel anything but bad for Mangino in his public appearances while he was walking the plank. Ditto for Perkins on Tuesday. "

This brush stroke is too broad. Just because a person delights in the misery of an arrogant a$$hole like Perkins does not mean the same person would delight in the misery of other people. Likewise, Mangino was a foul mouthed temper tantrum throwing bully, so taking some satisfaction in his discomfort seems like a reasonable reaction to me.

Mangino is receiving how many millions for not coaching KU football right now? Seems like he has the last laugh on Lawrence as will Perkins.

Robert Rauktis 7 years, 10 months ago

Hard to believe there aren't other competent bean counters who can command a ridiculous salary. Suits are a dime a dozen. Coaches are much more valuable and publically accountable at the end of the season.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 10 months ago

Victim? Really? Victim of his own bad decisions.

danemary 7 years, 10 months ago

like an old tooth. Perkins is rotten and crooked.

thesloss 7 years, 10 months ago

You nauseate me, Mr __ With a nocuous super nos You’re a crooked jerky jockey and, you drive a crooked horse Mr __

The 3 words that best describe you, are as follows, and I quote Stink, Stank, Stonk.

Gary Hawke 7 years, 10 months ago

Jack...I couldn't agree more. Heminway decided to let the athletic department do whatever they wished as long as we had some winning football and money coming in. He hired this gang and he supported all the "un-Kansas" moves they made. He got to be a BMOC at NCAA meetings, hold super big-time parties in his luxury box and at various venues, then stroll off into retirement, waiting to get his name placed on a building. There are not many folks who love KU academics and sports as much as I, but all this is really killing my spirit. New Chancellor whoever, please clean house and get back to some integrity. The behind the scenes academic behavior is a whole other story. More later!

tophawk87 7 years, 10 months ago

Is there really any evidence that Lew ever used the exercise equipment?

puddleglum 7 years, 10 months ago

check out those biceps! I thought he was doing stunt doubles for the incredible hulk.

Patti Hadl 7 years, 10 months ago

Mr. Keegan, If the Chancellor decides to cut ties with Lew, is there a contract buyout of any sort if he is relesed for cause? Will we have to pay him $3 million or more to leave the State of Kansas? There are cost considerations here, and I mean KU donations. My guess is, receipt of donations will be reduced substantially if Perkins remains at the helm of the Athletic Dept. I hope the powers that be are thinking about that revenue. There is a lack of trust and I find it hard to believe it will ever be regained with current management.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

Capital Journal calling for Perkins resignation today 6/3/10

Yes the feds have a lot of work to do before Lew Perkins can be cleared of all allegations with respect to many allegations which have surfaced:

  1. Player elgibility of current and former players? According to Dent.

  2. Ongoing ticket fraud/theft?

  3. How many gifts has Lew Perkins accepted?

  4. How does anyone know if all of the people stepping up on behalf of Perkins are concerned for their jobs or may well be implicated as well?

  5. What about preferential treatment for loaning of the equipment? I guess company financial records will need to be investigated.

  6. Does Dent being a disgruntled employee necessarily relieve the allegations of their validity?


  8. Anyone that has been blackmailed 3-4 times is being rather reckless!!!


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