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What’s next for KU?

June 12, 2010

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The Big Ten is stopping at 12 schools for now, and the Big 12 is hoping to hang on to 10 members. Ten means 12, and 12 means 10. Oh, and Big means small, considering 16-member conferences are all the rage.

The confusing names make about as much sense as the concept of sending student-athletes all over the country to play games, in some cases witnessed by small crowds. For Kansas University, it’s a case of join the madness or get stranded.

KU stands now where it has stood all along, which is hoping that the Big 12 remains a viable conference. And how does it remain so? If Texas stays on board.

Doesn’t this all come down to Texas?

“I don’t want to put any kind of stake in the ground in terms of what all the members want to do together, but I appreciate your question,” Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said on a teleconference Friday evening.

If the Big 12 falls apart, which could happen as soon as Tuesday, what then becomes a realistic possibility for Kansas?

Becoming a member of the Pac-10. Here’s how that could happen: Texas moves to the Pac-10, but doesn’t take Baylor with it. Texas A&M chooses to go to the SEC instead of the Pac-10, thereby opening up a 16th spot.

A source inside a BCS Conference school’s athletic department said that Stanford, among the nation’s most elite universities, wants the Pac-10 to extend an invitation to Kansas.

Utah has not been invited to the Pac-10 yet, but certainly would accept if invited.

There are those who believe the Pac-10’s final invitation, in the event Texas A&M is not interested in heading west, could come down to a square off between Utah and Kansas. Here’s guessing Kansas wins that stare-down, even though Utah has the geographic advantage.

That would mean Kansas splitting from its two most intense rivals — Kansas State and Missouri — certainly not ideal, but better than getting left outside the BCS landscape.

The Big 12 continuing as a 10-member league certainly suits the needs of Kansas far better than a move to a conference two time zones in the distance. High school basketball recruits will be sleeping when Kansas is drubbing Oregon State on the road. Beebe’s counting on the 10 members believing the TV dollars will pack a loud-enough punch to keep the league together.

In the event the Big 12 falls apart and Kansas is not invited to the Pac-10, maybe the SEC wants to expand by welcoming Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Texas A&M, forming a basketball conference with coaches named Bill Self, John Calipari, Billy Donovan, Bruce Pearl, Frank Martin, Mike Anderson and Mark Turgeon.

The Big East already has 16 members, but only eight football schools, which makes Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri attractive possible additions at some point.

Here’s hoping sanity rules the day and the Big 12 stays together as a 10-member league. Staying at 10 has its advantages, including a football schedule in which everyone plays everyone every year, thereby doubling KU’s chances of one day upsetting Texas.

Making sense won’t make it happen. It must make dollars.

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yankeevet 3 years, 10 months ago

Report: Perkins Gets $600K For Staying Kansas Athletic Director Will Retire In 2011 POSTED: 9:11 am CDT June 13, 2010 Email Print Comments (6)TOPEKA, Kan. --

Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins will receive a $600,000 retention payment if he stays through June 30, 2011, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported Saturday. Perkins has already announced plans to retire in September 2011.

Perkins' contract calls for him to receive the $600,000 payment Aug. 1, 2011, the newspaper reported.

Perkins, 65, announced his retirement plans Thursday, one day after he was cleared of accepting free use of gym equipment in exchange for favors and the same day the Big 12 began to break apart with Colorado's defection to the Pac-10.

Perkins' contract would give him another $600,000 if he stayed through 2013. The contract also says that if Perkins is fired before July 1, 2011, Kansas would owe him $300,000 for every year of service, beginning July 1, 2009.

Perkins has an annual base salary of $800,000 and earned $4.4 million in 2009 in salary and bonuses.

Besides a former employee's accusation that Perkins accepted free gym equipment, the university has been rocked by a federal probe into a widespread scam involving the sale of basketball and football tickets.

Five employees, including some of Perkins' closest aides, have been fired. An independent investigation commissioned by the school said the scam went on since at least 2005 and may have cost the school $3 million. The FBI is investigating the allegations and Perkins testified last week before a grand jury.

Perkins has not been implicated, but many have called for his firing for lack of oversight.

Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who has been a staunch ally of Perkins, said earlier that he led the school "during a time of remarkable growth and success" and called his decision to retire a surprise.

Former Kansas chancellor Bob Hemenway hired Perkins in 2003 to replace Al Bohl. Perkins' initial contract with KU was a six-year deal at a base yearly salary of $500,000, plus a potential $25,000 bonus. It also included a retention payment of $1.3 million, which KU paid Perkins in 2009.

A series of amendments in the next five years boosted Perkins' bonuses and retention payments.

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Gregory Newman 3 years, 10 months ago

I know my word doesn't carry any weight but KU has alot to offer as an institution and they don't need to bow down to anybody. I wouldn't make a move unless it is totally conducive to KU period. All this is total chaos and to make a move to ride on the coattail of image instead of substance would be suicide. We all should know by chasing money without a cause is death. I live 45 minutes from Stanford and 7 minutes from Cal. Kansas has got it going on. Be patient because 16 teams is a joke the WAC begot MWC.

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anon1958 3 years, 10 months ago

If a "slot" opens in the expected PAC 16 because A&M goes to the SEC it seems likely that the people running KU would be compelled to accept an offer if it was made. KU in the PAC 10 is no less ridiculous than OU or OSU in the PAC 10 but that does not mean it isnt laughable. This whole mess is an indictment and a guilty finding against the NCAA and big time college sports.

I have to give credit to the people at A&M for considering a sensible alternative to the collapsed Big 12 even though I would not bet against them going to the PAC. Because football is driving this whole bargain I am skeptical that KU would get an invite, the numbers just arent there.

Among the hopeless wastrels left behind, MU makes more sense for the PAC10 than KU from a television market standpoint and its hardly any farther away from the coast than KU as measured from the cabin of a passenger jet.

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Jock Navels 3 years, 10 months ago

You bet...consider...California has 36 million people....Texas has 24. Together they hold 20% of the country's population...a "PAC 10" with Texas Tech and Okie State, along with Washington State, in Pullman, on the far east side, 20 miles from Idaho...In a few years, the little dogs of the Big Pac will want out...probably Okie State first...Lubbock Prep next...what they are building can't hold....it would be a much better fit, and more durable for 4 texas/okie schools to go to the SEC, which already has it's fair share of small dogs, low on the academic ladder...the WAC was a 16 team conference some years back, and it collapsed of its own weight...a lot of folks in the Big East bb league want some of its little dogs kicked out...i think in a few years the big 10 might be asking itself what a league with ohio, michigan, pennsylvania and other states with mega millions of folks did by inviting a state with less than 2 million folks into the league...a good move for UN... this isn't going to be over for awhile...this is just setting up a "conference bubble" based on bubble tv dollars, that is going to pop a few years down the road. KU should formulate its plans for the future by making the primary goal staying away from Texas University...a handsome but abusive partner at best.

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Jeff Kilgore 3 years, 10 months ago

After all was said and done, a lot more was said than done, except in this case! Honestly, I wonder about all the movement, whether or not it will really happen. Two more years of the Big12 are guaranteed, and by that time, with the economy tanking, a lot could change. Here's a possibility:

In the next two years, consumer spending will have dropped so significantly that those BCS schools who were promised billion dollar tv contracts suddenly find their revenue cut significantly. Why? Those tv advertisers suddenly can't afford to spend nearly as much on tv advertising, thus lowering the payment per commercial, thus, significantly lowering each school's share of the pool. If that's so, the next word in college athletics will be contraction.

If that happens, watch out. How are smaller schools going to send their varsity teams thousands of miles away to play all these games?

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Jeff Kilgore 3 years, 10 months ago

I have always liked Stanford. Now, I love Stanford. Go Cardinal!

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Rickyonealku 3 years, 10 months ago

Lets just keep those fingers crossed that Aggieville say NO and Kansas University receives that PAC-10 (16) invite.

After this Tuesday June 15th, 2010 the BIG XII (12) will be GONE.

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grammaddy 3 years, 10 months ago

What's next for KU? Another NCAA Basketball Championship, however this will not be possible until April 2011.ROCK CHALK!!

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kujayhawk 3 years, 10 months ago

The geographical statement is incorrect regarding Utah. This move fills out the Pac-16 east. KU is much closer geographically wise to OU, UT, OSU, Tech than Utah and the same distance to CU.

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Lee Eldridge 3 years, 10 months ago

Even if the Big 12 can hold onto 10 schools, I doubt anybody sees that as a long term solution. The landscape is a changin' folks, and KU better decide what it wants to do.

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pigballin 3 years, 10 months ago

If Texas and the others mentioned leave for the PAC.It would be more money in the bank for the SEC to bring along KU,MU,A&M,,Baylor or K-kitties to bring in more TV sets during basketball season and a more visibility to being a premier basketball conference as well.

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