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Live from the Dole Institute: KU Chancellor discusses Lew Perkins’ retirement

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little speaks at a press conference regarding the retirement  of Athletic Director Lew Perkins.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little speaks at a press conference regarding the retirement of Athletic Director Lew Perkins.

June 10, 2010, 5:22 p.m. Updated June 10, 2010, 5:58 p.m.


Chancellor Gray-Little press conference

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little speaks at a press conference regarding the retirement of Athletics Director Lew Perkins.

KU men's basketball coach Bill Self will meet with the media at 6:30 p.m. at the Media Room at Allen Fieldhouse.

Gray-Little says the potential spike in business for Medical Outfitters from KU was not odd because it coincided with a time when the university was expanding its equipment. She also pointed out that she was not here at that time and therefore did not know everything that took place at that time.

With that, the news conference ended, 12 minutes after it began.

The two talked about Perkins' grand jury meeting only briefly and he told her he met with the grand jury for about two hours.

Gray-Little says, if you would've asked us a couple of days ago, I would've loved to be in the Big 12 as it stood. Since that's not possible she hopes to be in "the conference" that best fits KU in all manners.

Technically, she says the realignment will be driven by chancellors and presidents but that athletic directors will have a great impact because they are "experts" in the area.

When Gray-Little and Perkins met earlier today, she expected it to be about realignment and said she was surprised by the topic of the conversation.

Gray-Little says that there have been no offers but that there are several options.

5:52 p.m. Update

Obviously, many things are happening and there are changes already to the Big 12, Gray-Little says.

One of the things they've focused on is who's likely to remain in the Big 12 and then they'll decide what actions to take.

5:50 p.m. Update

Gray-Little says she did not initiate the conversations about Perkins' retirement and that he had not talked to her about it prior to today.

Part of his decision to retire, she says, may have been with the idea of allowing him to focus on what needs to be done regarding conference realignment.

5:45 p.m. Update

Gray-Little opens by reading from the statement she released earlier today. She opens the floor to questions following the statement.

5:35 p.m. Update

Legendary KU sports broadcaster Max Falkenstien is in the room, awaiting the arrival of the chancellor. Perkins is not expected to attend.

Original post

Camera crews and news organizations have descended upon the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, where Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will speak to reporters at 5:45 p.m. regarding the announced retirement of KU athletic director Lew Perkins.

In a statement released to the media this afternoon, Gray-Little said: “Lew has led Kansas Athletics during a time of remarkable growth and success. A national championship in men’s basketball. Victory in the Orange Bowl. A full Fieldhouse for the WNIT final. And numerous awards and honors for KU student-athletes and teams.”

Perkins, who took over as KU AD in 2003, said he would remain with the university until September 2011. Gray-Little said she planned to work closely with Perkins in several aspects of Kansas Athletics during that time.

“I will also work closely with him to implement the decisive actions needed to ensure trust and confidence in our ticketing procedures,” she said. “I know this is an anxious time for Jayhawks. I want to reassure our fans that we have been proactive throughout the conference realignment discussions, and our efforts to advance the interests will remain extremely aggressive.”

Check back with for live updates from Gray-Little’s news conference.


puddleglum 7 years, 7 months ago

how is the $11 million gridiron club tower project going?

chirp chirp...

ashmole 7 years, 7 months ago

Who's pulling the strings on this chancellor? It's clear that someone weak was hired so that others can call the shots. Where (Topeka? Johnson County?) are the puppet masters for this limp and lifeless pawn?

Graczyk 7 years, 7 months ago

I don't think you people get it. Haven't you been around big business before or government before? Do you think retirement was Perkins' decision? This whole thing is a nice way of getting rid of him while allowing him to maintain some dignity. In the year that he has left, he is going to use his considerable knowledge and (hopefully) influence to usher KU into the new landscape of college athletics. If he is successful in getting KU into a power conference, you can bet that he will leave shortly thereafter.

I am no Perkins fan, but this is the way you are supposed to cut someone loose - not the embarrassing way that it was handled with Mangino. This is the professional way to do it.

And I don't get how you can think someone is weak for doing things the right way. Rock Chalk

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