Archive for Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Perkins: KU, Big 12 happy with 10 schools

Perkins says staying together is the best thing for KU and the rest of the Big 12

Lew Perkins speaks at a press conference Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Lew Perkins speaks at a press conference Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

June 16, 2010, 11:21 a.m. Updated June 16, 2010, 6:53 p.m.


Perkins addresses Big 12 issues

Lew Perkins spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since announcing his resignation about the current status of the Big 12. Perkins did not address his reasons for retirement or the ticket scandal and related athletic department issues. Enlarge video

Just as he insisted before the realignment mess exploded, Kansas University Athletics Director Lew Perkins still believes that the Big 12 Conference is the best place for KU.

“I am unbelievably, unbelievably happy that we were able to stay together,” he said.

That was the theme of a 35-minute news conference at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday, in which Perkins fielded questions from media members about the survival of the Big 12 and where the conference would go from here.

Though he was limited in what he could say, largely because the league still has so many specifics to work out, Perkins painted a picture of a united group of 10 schools excited about moving forward into what all of those involved believe will be a more profitable future.

What’s more, Perkins said the Big 12’s survival may have saved college athletics as we know it.

“This, in my opinion, is one of the great things that has happened to intercollegiate athletics in a long, long time,” Perkins said.

Perkins thanked several people during his first public comments since the news broke on Monday. Among them: KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, whom he called a “rock star;” several Kansas politicians; Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe; the Kansas Board of Regents and the nine other schools who helped make the favorable conclusion possible.

Ultimately, Perkins reminded everyone whom all 10 schools were thinking about throughout the entire process.

Perkins speaks to media

KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins delivers a press conference about the state of the Big 12 Conference and KU. Enlarge video

“It’s about the student-athletes,” he said. “The hard work that everybody put into the talks was for the benefit of our coaches, our student-athletes, the fans and the state of Kansas.”

On Wednesday, Perkins would only address questions centering on the conference. But a KU Athletics ticket scandal will be the topic of discussion during next Thursday’s Kansas Board of Regents meeting in Topeka. After KU released the results of an independent investigation into its ticket operation, regents made clear that they expected KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little to respond to the report and its implications, as well as detail her plan to restore the trust that was damaged by the ticket scandal.


Mary Sucha 7 years, 11 months ago

WHY, would these two schools join the B12-2??? The only conference ND will ever consider joining is the B10+2, and Arkansas would have to take a pay cut to come back to a conference that is dominated by the same team that caused them to jump the SEC in 1990.

Throw the crack pipe away.

Richard Payton 7 years, 11 months ago

Notre Dame would have their own TV network that could provide more of a paycheck than the Big 10 network where revenue is shared. Notre Dame would get more ad dollars from it's alumni that it could keep for it's own use.

Mary Sucha 7 years, 11 months ago

ND has its own TV network, NBC, which generates around $7 - $9 million. The B10+2 will share nearly $250 million in tv money. The B12-2 will share $139 million this year.

ralphralph 7 years, 11 months ago

Notre Dame? The Abe Vigoda of college sports programs? Not desirable. Arkansas? It would be a step down, likely, and at best a lateral move. Not happ'nin'.

John Spencer 7 years, 11 months ago

And in other news... Oh wait, there is apparently no other news.

BruceWayne 7 years, 11 months ago

why is he dancing around like he needs to wee wee?

maxcrabb 7 years, 11 months ago

Did we really need this? Yesterday I was happy Texas was staying, we're promising them all sorts of things, yada yada yada.

Now, watching Lew, i'm worried. He's squirming around like we caught him with his hand in the cookie jar.

kujayhawk 7 years, 11 months ago

Yep, he looks on edge. Almost like he has no confidence this thing is going to stay together.

fargo 7 years, 11 months ago

The chancellor indicated he would stay the 17 months to help get the conference realignment settled. Well, it's settled. Does he still have to remain that long?

Richard Heckler 7 years, 11 months ago

What else are they going to say?

Bring KU home games home instead of giving KCMO more and more tax dollar revenue.

KU after all is located in Lawrence,Kansas.

ralphralph 7 years, 11 months ago

Perfect time for a clean start. Adieu, Lew.

fiercesomeus 7 years, 11 months ago

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET LEEEEEEEEW THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! Thank you for working with the other AD's, Thank you for working with the Big 12 commissioner, Thank you for being the Athletic Director for the Jayhawks, and Thank you for coming up with such a great idea to save the league, you are awesome,,, and I do know what Lew came up with to save the league it was awesome.

Greg Counts 7 years, 11 months ago

How can a conference with 10 teams still be called The Big "12"?

nobody1793 7 years, 11 months ago

Same way the "Big 10" has had 11 for several years. The "Atlantic 10" has had 14. Why is everyone so stressed out about this?

Kent Fisher 7 years, 11 months ago

It may be more important to maintain the "brand" of the Big Twelve, than to rename it for accuracy sake.

John Hamm 7 years, 11 months ago

Ya know I don't like Lew but I think most of the commenters here haven't really explored the news that's been coming out about this situation. As I read it there were a lot of big time players not associated with the Big 12 or even NCAA athletics who helped save it (Big 12) and as Lew put it "college athletics as we know it." Let us be honest folks Lew has "people." He isn't where he is or as successful or has the reputation he does by not knowing whom to call and what to say. There was, obviously, a lot going on in the background which didn't require any one individual to be present all the time to help get it done. Now I'm not saying Lew carried the Big 12 from the river Styx on his shoulders only. I am saying he had a good part in accomplishing the salvaging though not necessarily directly or obviously and for that he get's my, "Thank you Lew."

Graczyk 7 years, 11 months ago

Lew's announced retirement is how high profile people are let go. It's equivalent to a football coach saying "I want to spend more time with my family." Gray-Little handled the Perkins situation in the proper way.

Rickyonealku 7 years, 11 months ago

What about adding Bill Self as the AD and Head Basketball Coach???? During all this mess Bill Self was talking like he was the AD.

4everahawk 7 years, 11 months ago

Bill Self is a great representative of KU and athletics. Not just as a coach, but because he displays class in every situation. In the midst of all the crime and corruption that has brought humiliation and disgrace to athletics, we can at least feel pride in our coach. He may be the one ace that will help restore the reputation of our school. Once we are under new leadership, we will persevere. Thanks again Coach Self for your dignity and integrity.

Greg Counts 7 years, 11 months ago

I'd have a lot more respect for Bill Self if he didn't wear that ridiculous toupee.

happyrock 7 years, 11 months ago

OK, crisis averted, now it is time to clean house starting with the Chancellor. Why don't we admit our mistake and cut our losses? She is an even bigger embarrassment than KIng Lew. By the way, any chance he makes it to September 2011?

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