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Two Buffalo players follow Gill to KU

Kansas head coach Turner Gill gathers with the team during spring practice on Sunday, March 28, 2010.

Kansas head coach Turner Gill gathers with the team during spring practice on Sunday, March 28, 2010.

June 13, 2010

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A pair of University of Buffalo football players appear to have followed their former coach to the Midwest.

KU officials have confirmed that linebackers Darius Willis and Nick Sizemore have enrolled at Kansas University and appear poised to join Turner Gill’s KU football program this summer.

Jeffrey Reinhart, of the Lancaster (Pa.) New Era, reported Wednesday that Sizemore, a 6-foot-1, 218-pound linebacker-turned-fullback, had been released from his scholarship by Buffalo and had enrolled at KU.

Sizemore will be a sophomore at KU and will have three years of eligibility remaining. Because of NCAA transfer rules, he will not be eligible to play in games this fall but will be allowed to practice with the team.

Same goes for Willis, 6-3, 240, who also left Buffalo to follow Gill to Kansas.

Willis, a sophomore-to-be who played in just four games in 2009, has indicated on his Facebook page during the past couple of weeks that he is now a Jayhawk.

Willis, originally from Houston, received interest from Colorado, Texas A&M and Iowa State before ultimately signing with Buffalo.

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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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