Archive for Friday, June 11, 2010

Big responsibility

The pending retirement of Lew Perkins puts even more pressure on Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

June 11, 2010


Thursday’s surprising announcement that Kansas University Athletic Director Lew Perkins would retire in September 2011 has placed KU and Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little in a difficult and precarious position.

Many questions remain to be answered about this situation, but the Perkins’ announcement seems to put KU in an even weaker position as it tries to negotiate the current upheaval in the Big 12 Conference. At a time when KU should have strong, dynamic leadership, its athletic director will have one foot out the door.

The situation places additional pressure on Gray-Little to take that strong leadership role. Problems in the athletic department, Perkins’ departure and the breakup of the Big 12 have put a big responsibility on the chancellor’s plate less than a year after her arrival at KU.


anon1958 7 years, 11 months ago

Or she could just devote her efforts to regaining the academic ground that was lost during know-nothing Hemenway's administration. The futility of big-time college athletics and its irrelevance to the real purpose and mission of the university is displayed perfectly by recent events at KU. The vaunted and wealthy athletic department was useless as tits on a boar to the academic side during the recent financial meltdown and loss of over 100 faculty positions.

Now, despite all of its important history and traditions, KU basketball and the entire athletic program will be dramatically changed by forces completely beyond the influence of anyone in the entire state of Kansas.

Maybe its time to get some treatment for the spectator sports addiction?

Dale Sprague 7 years, 11 months ago

Agree with anon1958. Return the academics which were the linchpin before the craze of sports.

Let's call this Big 12 Conference mess what it really is: Another Corporate Merger by Corporate Raiders. Capture a financially weaker competitor (Big 12); entice, carve out and save the profitable divisions (Texas, OU, etc.); and cast off the remaining carcass. Fans, alums, community and traditions be damned. Let them eat cake!

The mega corporations win again. One can only imagine what salaries will now be offered for Athletic Directors, coaches and the likes. Paraphrased to Greed is God better states what our athletic departments have become.

Had I only had the foresight to get my degree in Athletic Administration perhaps this feeling of comradeship with Tevye of Fiddler on the Roof would pass. "If I were a rich man .......".

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