Archive for Sunday, June 6, 2010

Absent leaders

Key Kansas University leaders were noticeably absent from last week’s Big 12 spring meetings in Kansas City.

June 6, 2010


It’s unfortunate that Kansas University was without its top guns in the Big 12’s spring meetings in Kansas City.

Let’s hope that Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little made really important contacts with alumni in London. (Who’s minding the campus, anyway, with no chancellor and no provost in Lawrence?)

And let’s hope Athletics Director Lew “previous commitment” Perkins had a really understandable reason for basically deserting his post as the future of the athletics conference was argued.


anon1958 7 years, 10 months ago

If the Big 12 implodes because the good football teams join the PAC 10, honestly, there is not one thing that either Lew or the Chancellor can do about it. Likewise there is absolutely nothing that Lew or the Chancellor can do about MU possibly bolting for the Big 10 and then making it more likely the football teams will fly West.

Face it KU fans, your 12K per day man Lew cannot do a damn thing about the future of the Big 12. All those millions you are paying him do not add up to didley squat when it comes to what may be the most important event for KU Athletics for the last fifty and next fifty years.

It is not really a matter of if, but rather, when the Big 12 will fold.

Rickyonealku 7 years, 10 months ago

You readers do realize we are talking about the year 2015 don't you???

Phillbert 7 years, 10 months ago

Oh my what will the University do? How can the Chancellor communicate from London when it takes weeks for a dispatch to arrive by steamship? If only the transatlantic telegraph line was complete!

And Lew not being at the meetings! Perhaps Mr. Marconi's remarkable wireless device could have helped people who are not in the same room as him hear his voice, and he in turn hear theirs!

We're in the 21st century here, guys. It isn't like they're relying on the Pony Express to communicate. And don't assume that just because someone isn't there at a meeting that they're not working the problem. Frankly, I think it is more likely that private conversations rather than meetings with all 12 schools are what will be more important in the end.

Phillbert 7 years, 10 months ago

Fortunately your perception is just that - perception, shaded by a long-standing hatred of Lew Perkins. It is also a perception that has little basis in reality.

Phillbert 7 years, 10 months ago

It is my position that decisions are best made using facts, of which you offer few.

Phillbert 7 years, 10 months ago

I'm not talking about the equipment - that'll be decided by the ethics commission. I'm talking about your various claims about Lew being cut out of meetings, or your claim about the Europe trip being some last-minute thing, or your accusing Bill Self of improprieties. You have no basis for any of that and you know it.

windjammer 7 years, 10 months ago

Roll up another one Hydra that one must of been ditch weed.

anon1958 7 years, 10 months ago

Hydra (anonymous) says…

It's going to be hard to claim she takes the ethics questions seriously, when she wouldn't even order an investigation until the situation became public.

More importantly, she failed to form an investigative committee composed of professionals independent from KU. Typical KU administration move though, Gray-Little-Accomplished is the perfect replacement for Do-Nothing-Hemenway because she thinks and acts just like him.

tomatogrower 7 years, 10 months ago

Good lord, it's just sports. Bid deal. God forbid she was taking care of academic business, like arranging for good exchange programs or research programs. That's just menial compared to sports? People's lives are getting pretty out of kilter. Sports = gladiators. More sign of the American decline.

Kyle Reed 7 years, 10 months ago

Sweet baby jesus...I agree with wilbur AND beo?!? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!!!

jj14 7 years, 10 months ago

UM - She's in London raising much needed money for ACADEMICS - the University is in dire need of funds for crumbling buildings, scholarships, teaching positions, research, etc. This is a University folks, not a sports franchise!

Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

Nobody can make any difference so what's the deal?

Lew has put the Chancellor in a mess. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little cannot possibly answer any question regarding this federal investigation. It looks like this alleged crime was initiated by some Lawrence builders.

What could anyone expect Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little to say? She has no history with any of the individuals involved off or on campus. Give her a break!

What has never surfaced is why is the BIG 12 splitting up? What brought this on?

Why has KU not been invited anywhere? What's up with that?

anon1958 7 years, 10 months ago

merrill (anonymous) says…

What has never surfaced is why is the BIG 12 splitting up? What brought this on?

Why has KU not been invited anywhere? What's up with that

Lol merrill you have not been paying attention. Anyway, the Big 12 is going to implode because the schools with large TV markets are coalescing to double their TV revenue and schools with wimpy TV markets (KU, KSU for example) are getting left at the altar. That answers both your questions.

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