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Chancellor meets with members of KU athletic department

Gray-Little emphasizes efforts being made to keep Big 12 together

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little was reassuring the athletics department she was doing everything she could to keep the conference together.

June 8, 2010

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Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little met with athletic department officials Tuesday afternoon for what university spokesperson Lynn Bretz deemed a “show of support.”

The meeting, which lasted about 15 minutes, was called to assure that everyone at the school was on the same page regarding the latest challenge facing the university.

“The Chancellor wanted to stop by to express support of the staff of Kansas Athletics,” Bretz said. “She talked to them about topical things like the Big 12 realignment concerns and all that, and she acknowledges that it’s been a challenging year for the Kansas Athletics staff and that it was unfortunate that a very small number of people’s actions had harmed the reputation of an entire department.”

Bretz continued: “Their work has been very successful this year and (Gray-Little) just wanted them to know that she appreciated them and that they did not go unnoticed.”

KU athletic director Lew Perkins did not attend the meeting but associate atheltic director Jim Marchiony, who was in the room, said Perkins had planned to attend.

“He was supposed to be there but he got called away at the last minute and didn’t make it back before the meeting ended,” Marchiony said.

When asked what came up that drew Perkins away, Marchiony responded with: “He’s dealing with a lot of things right now, not the least of which is Big 12 realignment. But I know he had planned to be there.”

The meeting, no matter how minor, illustrates just how great the task at hand is for KU officials. While the rumor mill continues to crank on a daily basis, Kansas administrators constantly have been asked to address the future of the Big 12, with expansion threats involving both the Big Ten and Pac-10 looming.

“She reassured them that she was doing everything she could to help keep (the Big 12) together,” Bretz said. “She said that she supported Lew’s efforts to keep the Big 12 together and that she knew he was well-known for his knowledge and experience and connections and all of these were being put to good use right now.”

Bretz said Perkins and Gray-Little met briefly after the meeting to discuss strategy regarding the future of the Big 12.

Comments

4theHawkS 4 years, 6 months ago

Perkins was probably called away by an unknown caller to distract him from a meeting about his job's security status. Little just wanted to let everyone else know that they are safe and doing a good job. That is until they are under review as well...

Graczyk 4 years, 6 months ago

At least now you don't have to worry about Gill being qualified for a BCS job...

happyrock 4 years, 6 months ago

She stopped by to see if she could get better tickets.

Keith 4 years, 6 months ago

"Perkins ended the interview abruptly saying if we broadcast the interview, he would never talk to our news department again."

This may be true, just not in the manner he intended.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 4 years, 6 months ago

So, being at a 15 minute pep rally was more important than keeping the conference together? I sincerely doubt that the chancellor was upset about that. Lew was doing his JOB and she probably supports him in that.

7texdude 4 years, 6 months ago

How does the chancellor prevent the Big 12 from collapsing? She can and probably will fire Lew Perkins, but why does Nebraska, Colorado or Texas care about the employees of the KU athletic department? They only care about the money they will make in the new PAC 16.

She was handed this mess by our previous administration and is doing the best she can with it. I don't understand why you hate her so much, but ignore the horrible performance by our former chancellor. He was the one who gave Perkins so much power.

John Hamm 4 years, 6 months ago

Hit the nail right on the head - Good ol" "I don't want to know about it Hemmingway."

7texdude 4 years, 6 months ago

How does the chancellor prevent the Big 12 from collapsing? She can and probably will fire Lew Perkins, but why does Nebraska, Colorado or Texas care about the employees of the KU athletic department? They only care about the money they will make in the new PAC 16.

She was handed this mess by our previous administration and is doing the best she can with it. I don't understand why you hate her so much, but ignore the horrible performance by our former chancellor. He was the one who gave Perkins so much power.

homechanger 4 years, 6 months ago

Loose lewey has been missing alot of meetings lately! Missed the big twelve meetings missed bernadette meeting! Missed the ticket scalpers meetings. Lewey needs to make it to some meetings!

Alabamastreet 4 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like the meeting was about Lew. Tough situation, and 2009-2010 misery has extended into the Summer session. Woof. Topeka is involved in this somehow, damn Topeka.

homechanger 4 years, 6 months ago

I assume lewey will miss a few more meetings then when the $h-t hits the fan I assume lewey will split with all his loot and never look back!

SofaKing 4 years, 6 months ago

Lew had to leave the meeting to go home because he was having some something delivered to his house. It was just on loan, though.

wastewatcher 4 years, 6 months ago

The Chancellor had better wake up aqnd get the true story before she is supporting anybody. We know there were a bunch of crooks working in athletics and we were surprised. Lets not be surprised again. By the way what happened to the facts first scenario, if someone knows all of the facts , it is time to make them public. I would like to know what Perkins told the grand jury and what he was asked.

ashmole 4 years, 6 months ago

The Chancellor should be talking with the faculty, to reassure them about the future of the University, not the athletics staff. She has not sent even one darned email out to the faculty and students about this mess.

colreader 4 years, 6 months ago

Lew had a workout scheduled in his basement for rehab.

yankeevet 4 years, 6 months ago

So if these teams go too the Big Ten; will this affect the football schedule this fall for KU??

yourworstnightmare 4 years, 6 months ago

NU and MU to the Big 10 CU, KU, and KSU to the Mountain West (which will take the Big 12 BCS spot) ISU to Conference USA UT, ATM, TTU, Baylor, OU, and OSU to the Pac 10

Good bye and good riddance Big 12. The second conference destroyed by the greed and vanity of the University of Texas.

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