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Lester ‘shocked’ by Perkins’ resignation

Sean Lester addresses the media at a press conference Tuesday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Lester was named interim athletics director after Lew Perkins resigned Tuesday morning.

Sean Lester addresses the media at a press conference Tuesday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Lester was named interim athletics director after Lew Perkins resigned Tuesday morning.

September 7, 2010, 1:41 p.m. Updated September 7, 2010, 4:29 p.m.

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Lew Perkins retires

Former KU athletics director Lew Perkins announced his retirement Tuesday, effective immediately. Perkins oversaw many positive changes in KU sports during the past seven years.

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Lew Perkins will retire from his position as Kansas University’s athletics director effective immediately, according to a release from KU.

“There is no question that Kansas Athletics has benefited from Lew Perkins’ leadership,” said KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little in the release. “One need only look at the academic success of our student-athletes, at KU’s trophy cases and at our state-of-the art athletic facilities to see those benefits. I appreciate his service and understand his decision.”

Perkins had previously announced he would retire next September. Sean Lester, an associate athletics director, has been named interim athletics director.

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Lester said he was shocked by Perkins' resignation and that he only found out about the situation Tuesday morning.

Men's basketball coach Bill Self told the press he heard the news when the chancellor called him Tuesday morning. He then called Perkins who confirmed the news.

Self said there is a plan in place to find a new athletics director, and that he would be happy to give his input during the process.

"I want someone to come in here and love this place as much as we love it, and to be able to sell it and have a passion about it," Self said.

Lester spent eight years as a senior administrator under Perkins at the University of Connecticut before coming to KU in 2003 — the same year Perkins became athletics director.

As part of a retirement agreement, Perkins will receive an amount equivalent to his salary through the end of his employment, which was otherwise set for Sept. 4, 2011.

All told, Kansas Athletics will pay Perkins $2 million before taxes following today’s announcement.

That figure includes payment for a retention bonus due to Perkins if he were still employed on June 30, 2011.

No taxpayer money or tuition dollars will be used.

He said the decision would allow him to stay involved in the Lawrence community in different ways, and allow him to explore other professional opportunities.

“I am grateful that Chancellor Hemenway allowed Gwen and me to come to Lawrence to be part of the great university,” Perkins said in the release. “We love this community; we consider it home.”

Check back with LJWorld.com for updates.

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riverdrifter 3 years, 7 months ago

I want another operator who will make fools of MU & KSU like Lew did, sans the half-assed, hands-off season ticket crap. Say what you will about the greed, the money, blah, blah, blah of college athletics today. It is what it is and sure as hell Lew didn't create it. Lew knew this: Stay out in front of it or it will run over you.

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commonsense1 3 years, 7 months ago

What do all of you people want? I don't get it! There is no perfect world-noone wins it all-noone has everything-get a life and live with it.

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commonsense1 3 years, 7 months ago

Get a clue all you stupid naysayers

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Kylee Manahan 3 years, 7 months ago

Remember, Lew said he was going to continue to reside in Lawrence because he has made so many friends. Everyone that is his friend, raise your hands, oh I mean, post your friendship.

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UNIKU 3 years, 7 months ago

Go get Hinrichs at Northern Colorado. Great KU ties and very sharp! You heard it here first.

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Rex Russell 3 years, 7 months ago

I sincerely expect another shoe to drop. You can only stack - - - - so high, before it topples. It's a dirty business that involes unimaginable amounts of money, power, and influence. It's impossible to due that job without getting your hands dirty. A lot like polotics. Eventually your hands just stay dirty and you rationalize the rest to yourself.

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Uhjh 3 years, 7 months ago

Lew did want he was asked to do. Take football to the next level. That takes revenue and there seems to only be three sources: Donations; Marking and TV; Tickets sales. Lew took advantage of each one to maximize revenue as really was required for KU not to be second rate in sports. I not sure he was involved in any of the ticket shenanigans. When multiple employees game the system it is almost impossible to detect it. Let the chips fall and if Lew is involved so be it. For now I will give Lew the benefit of doubt and wish him well. If I am proven wrong then I will take a mea culpa.

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edjayhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

Too bad he didn't resign last year because we would be 1-0 right now in football and not 0-1.

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NOTcrusher 3 years, 7 months ago

Now, let's get rid of Lester. He's obviously a Perkins clone and will try to cover up for his prior boss.

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edjayhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm surprised they took him. I thought Marchiony and Keating were higher profile assistants.

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Scott Overfield 3 years, 7 months ago

BREAKING NEWS! Mark Mangino Dies - of laughter!

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Stain 3 years, 7 months ago

Since he has resigned we'll probably never know the full extent of his transgressions.

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CheneyHawk 3 years, 7 months ago

Having a UConn flunkie yes man follow 'Mafia Lew' is akin to Bob Valasente following Mike Gottfried @KU or Mike Cohen following Eddie Fogler @ WSU. Not a good move even in the interim. Any connection to Lew @ this point is reflects badly (even if short term) Lew'$ resignation is loooonnnnnng overdue. Please bring back some Kansas work ethic and integrity back to the KUAA and some recognition of loyalty of long time fans rather than corporate donors.......

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swampfoxrides 3 years, 7 months ago

Larry Brown: "What a scumbag!" Ed Manning: " Word" Roy Williams: "Where's the loyalty..the commitment?" Mangino: "Where's the pizza?"

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wastewatcher 3 years, 7 months ago

KU athletics will never get another unrestricted dime from me, for thaat matter all of KU is immediately on on my " no longer elgible for funding" list. It is a shame how they spend money.. I would like to get a list of Regents school employees who are getting paid not to work. They make a drunken sailor look like a fiscal conservative.

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onceagain 3 years, 7 months ago

Next good news we need is Gill resigning immediately And then Mangino ready to end his Fla vacation.

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scaramouchepart2 3 years, 7 months ago

jsthefacts; KU had a better football teams along with their basketball teams and what is more important respected by the other universities and less scandal under Bob Fredericks. Met both and Bob was not a snob.

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jstthefacts 3 years, 7 months ago

Ku athletics have advanced remarkably during Perkins tenure. More so than any athletic director in Ku history. While everyone can cheer this event all they want to, the other side of the coin is that Ku will not replace this man with anyone who will come close to his accomplishments that Ku continues to benefit from.

In short, we just peaked. It ain't gonna get any better than this. Like Perkins or not, he flat out raised Ku to a level they would likely never achieved.

So, when things don't look so rosy as they do now, all you celebrating, remember this is what you wished for.

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Turbin_Cowboy 3 years, 7 months ago

I hope I get one of the lazyboys from the endzone. They are soft and supple.

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lawupsman 3 years, 7 months ago

Maybe a lil ironic but does Lew looked handcuffed in the first pic of the thumbnails gallery?

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scaramouchepart2 3 years, 7 months ago

Bozo; I normally agree with you, KU might believe being less connected when the FBI is done might be more favorable to KU. I liked the Channel 5 news. They did a really nice job of connecting the dots. Perkins cost KU $2000 for private jets per game to the MU basketball games and the ticket scandal. Along with the other stuff like the gym equipment and of course Gill and KU football against NDSU. Who offered Perkins a job? According to the news he plans on staying involved in Lawrence.

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friendlyjhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

Doesn't matter what the reason, just nice that he is Gone, Baby, Gone!

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overthemoon 3 years, 7 months ago

“We love this community; we consider it home.” And their house goes on the market tomorrow and they'll be moving back to Connecticut or New Jersey or wherever they came from originally.

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4everahawk 3 years, 7 months ago

drnater: Lew did not win either of those championships.......nor did his money, his influence, and certainly not his personality - the coaches and players own those championships and we would have had them regardless of who was AD.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 7 months ago

My guess it that there is nothing "criminal" about to drop; otherwise, he wouldn't have been given $2 million merely for walking away.

I think that for whatever reason, the Chancellor just didn't want him around any longer, and wanted to move ahead with finding a replacement more quickly without his looking over everyone's shoulders.

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hbjayhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

I called it when the ticket scandle broke! I knew KUAC would keep Lew around through the start of the Fall semester, ensure his retention bonus, and then he would announce his retirement. View my comments on the earlier stories! This is commonplace in athletic depts in the NCAA for folks to do this.

Additionally, for all you Turner Gill haters out there, stop your whining! My goodness! You are the same folks who ran Mangino out of town after his first loss and we have an Orange Bowl trophy. Give the man a few seasons. No reason to call for his head.

With Lew gone this is an interesting time for KU athletics. We need a great Athletic Director and unfortunately, there aren't many out there. Maybe D-Rad from Georgia Tech (he is their AD) can tour our facilities this weekend and see if he is interested?

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parrotuya 3 years, 7 months ago

I am shocked, shocked that any dishonest or unethical acts ever took place in KU Athletics under Lew Perkins. Shocked, I say, shocked!

DOWn, baby, DOWn!

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classof75 3 years, 7 months ago

Too bad you couldn't hear the questions being asked at the press conference. Some you could just figure out by the answers, but others...well I wish they would have repeated them.

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irvan moore 3 years, 7 months ago

so does the son in law go too? i like the new guy, did you watch the presser? great tan.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 7 months ago

Lew heads up United Way,, ya think?

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d_prowess 3 years, 7 months ago

The next AD really has only one main job: Do whatever it takes to have us be in a favorable position the next time conference realignment comes up!!
The Big 12 is stable for now with only 10 teams, but the way money rules at all schools, this is only temporary (3-5 years?). We can't be left out in the cold again, which is what we were headed for this summer until the remaining North schools paid Texas to stay.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 7 months ago

Put two people together who do not get along to get a job done.

More to come on that idea: :)

There are lots of people in the United States looking for employment and when one considers the jock mentality and competition that those involved in sports thrive on, this job at KU will be most enticing. It's not about money, it's about ego! This time around ego may take backseat to working!

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drnater 3 years, 7 months ago

@Ricky, Im not smoking anything, before Lew got here there were 26 infractions that came up in an investigation, how many have come up since Lew was here? He may not have hired Mangino or Self but he is responsible for keeping them here. (both received 2 extensions since he was hired) Why does it matter that they play at Arrowhead? Not only does it make a good recruiting ploy, but the school makes a million per game they play. Do we not remember who cut the squabble between our athletic teams? It wasn't the coaches! As far as allegations against Lew, he hasn't been convicted of anything, but he was Time Magazines Top AD of the Year, which is pretty impressive. I find this funny, its kinda like Jon Calipari everyone hates him but why? Its because he wins and the funny thing is he hasn't been convicted either! Although he is making substantially more money than any other coach! (go ahead point to priors with Calipari, but he can't know an agent paid Camby, the NCAA dropped the ball on Rose since they cleared him to play, and the allegations against Kentucky were all false) So in retrospect yes, the Perkins era was a success, not only did he make a lot of money for the school but he won championships! (he won 6 while ad at Uconn, and won 3 here) pretty impressive for an AD who was a complete failure according to how you make it sound.... Im still baffled.

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BabyBear 3 years, 7 months ago

so when will joe-college be open?

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Richard Payton 3 years, 7 months ago

Sean Lester needs to establish a point value sysytem that offers transparency in seating based on donors dollars given.

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cheeseburger 3 years, 7 months ago

Sure glad Marchiony (aka Little Lew) didn't get the interim job, although it sounds as though Lester isn't much better. Where's Drue Jennings?

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Michael Capra 3 years, 7 months ago

Olin is off and running u go Ron

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kusp8 3 years, 7 months ago

When will I be able to log into the stream?

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irvan moore 3 years, 7 months ago

if ya wanna know which way the wind is blowing, ask a weatherman. One Eye got it right in his predictions a couple of months ago.

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overthemoon 3 years, 7 months ago

2 million. I have a hard time understanding how anyone does anything in a year that is worth that much.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 7 months ago

Any some scoffed when Wilbur insisted that the Chancellor would not fire Lew and Lew would announce "other opportunities"...

You havn't seen anything yet. It ain't over till the Fat lady sings, but let me tell you, for fact,

Bernadette Gray has a very good singing voice and she is quietly working on the next performance.

Wouldn' t it be just great to have a new AD which would happen to be a woman OR maybe two in charge, one man, one woman.

DO not anyone underestimate the Chancellor. She doesn't need the job, she wanted the job because she has some good years left to work and do what she likes best, working.

Working is the one thing that is not the forte of most people in Lawrence!

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PFC 3 years, 7 months ago

Sorry to break it to you, but next AD will focus on bringing in revenue just like Perkins did. Think you’re going to get your cozy under market-value seat at the Fieldhouse again? Nope. Think the point system is going away. Doubt it. Think the athletic department is going to give up the millions for playing in KC? Not a chance. And by the way, don’t the ADs at MU (and now KSU) also know that they shouldn’t make that deal? So, celebrate Perkins leaving, and gear up for more bitching and moaning when the next AD does what he (or she) is hired to do. But maybe not; there are plenty of people here who know how to run a major athletic department, so maybe one of you can be the next AD.

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4everahawk 3 years, 7 months ago

The best news I've heard in 7 years! There are so many of you that are spot on in your opinion of him and his east coast mentality.......we certainly don't need that in Lawrence, KS! Suspected that this would happen, but it's a little sooner than I thought it would be. I agree that perhaps indictments are coming soon and he certainly didn't need to be on staff when that happened.

Farewell Lew - don't let the door hit you in the a$$!!!!!!!! For years I have dreamed of saying that.

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Sean Livingstone 3 years, 7 months ago

We should give the credit to the new Chancellor! After this, I'm sure she'll lead us to new heights! Well done Chancellor!

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edjayhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

You're on your own Turner. Perkins didn't have your back and I think that is unfair to you.

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studakota 3 years, 7 months ago

Take on for your country. Hire that stupid Obama and do the rest of us a favor. Insist he start Friday..

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ksangel1 3 years, 7 months ago

Miracles do happen! Now, let's get the report on the ethics violation and the ticekt scandel and make sure he doesn't get another dime from KU. For those of you who support Big Lew, I must question your business ethics. Building facilities and raising cash is nothing compared to the taint he has brought to KU. None of it was worth it since all we received was a HUGE negative spotlight across the KU Nation that will take years to rebuild the trust he violated. He didn't win us the National Championship or the Orange Bowl. Self and Magino accomplished that with their coaching skills and team players. Big Lew swaggered us right into the East Coast dirty business spotlight. Thanks for nothing, put the for sale sign out front of your house soon and go back to where you came from. Good Bye!

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edjayhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

I guess Perkins thought he mad a huge mistake in hiring Gill and Gill losing to a I-AA team.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 7 months ago

Bring KU home games back home.

Locals need the business and local taxpayers need the revenue.

Why should KU give Lawrence tax dollars to KCMO?

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jihadist 3 years, 7 months ago

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 7 months ago

Grand Jury Indictment perhaps?

Perjury?

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jvinland 3 years, 7 months ago

Perkins' helped create some of KU's best times but sadly he also helped create some of the worst times for KU. It only took 2 million dollars to get him out the door? Enough about greed! Now,let's clean up the KU Athletic Department!!!

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Ricky_Vaughn 3 years, 7 months ago

Let's see...

He didn't hire Mangino or Self, so I find it hard to give Lew credit for their successes.

So how did Lew exactly better the athletic department? I know he raised ticket prices and I'm sure that generated some new found revenue, but KU has endured academic violations, ethics violations, and is currently being investigated by the FBI and IRS for the ticket scandal.

@ drnater: You're calling Lew a success? What kind of grass are you smoking?

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g_rock 3 years, 7 months ago

Lewie Lewie, oh no You gotta go Aye-yi-yi-yi, I said Lewie Lewie, oh baby You gotta go

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tsunami9320 3 years, 7 months ago

Still waiting for all these self-proclaimed experts at running major university athletics programs to announce here that they've submitted their resumes to the chancellor to be Perkins' successor.

Come on, experts, put up or shut up.

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Mr_Missive 3 years, 7 months ago

Sean Lester is no friend of KU. Get him out quick. He makes Smarmy look good.

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WaxAndWane 3 years, 7 months ago

A heartfelt thanks to Lew for all the good he has done for KU. The sports facilities are much nicer now than before he came to Lawrence. His negotiation skills also brought us the Orange Bowl. If it wasn't for Lew, Mizzou would have gone instead. I've never had more fun cheering for KU than I did while he was here. All the best to him.

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platypus 3 years, 7 months ago

And to think poor Mangino took one in the tush. He was a scapegoat, but now the "stuff" is actually rolling uphill instead of down. All of this KU mess should have started with Lew in the first place.

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KU_cynic 3 years, 7 months ago

Sean Lester as interim AD? That guy is as obsequious and smarmy as they come -- a Lew Perkins' rotten apple that did not fall far from the poisonous tree.

Showing Lew Perkins the door demonstrates the Chancellor Gray-Little's good judgment.

Naming Sean Lester as interim AD shows bad judgment and a lack of an eye for talent and character.

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KULHSLIONSfan 3 years, 7 months ago

Probably a good decision for the university. In reference to the ignorant references to Coach Gill: Grow Up!! Program changes result in some difficult times. Coach Gill is coaching with what is left of a team that did not finish the 2009 season very well. The key players left and the program will be rebuilding this year. Personnel decisions and position changes will result in some difficult games this season. All new offensive and defensive schemes will require some time for adjustment. Coach Gill will get his first full recruiting class in next year. This year and next will probably be difficult, but I know we will see growth and improvement. There will always be the whiners who complain continuously. They are probably the same ones booing at the game.

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drnater 3 years, 7 months ago

Thank You Lou for your time spent here and the advancement of KU Athletics while you were here. Funny that everyone has something to complain about, well I'll join in its absolutely rediculous that you gave an extension to a coach that won us a national championship. Ludacris that you would try and help out our chances with top recruits by making our facilities top of the line, and above all hire a coach who is the exact opposite of what our last coach was. (if I remember right after the mangino allegations everyone was on here asking for a lynch mob!) If you don't get the sarcasm out of this ill spell it out, Lew did what an AD is suppose to do. He did it very well also. Everybody wants to connect him to all these bad things but how about you remember that with him as the AD, our stadium now looks awesome, our practice facilities are top of the line. We won a National Championship in basketball, a Girls Rowing National Championship, and a BCS Bowl Game in football all in the same year. I can't understnd how all you can do is bash him, he made the school a lot of money. Bottom line is haters will hate its what you guys do best. While Lew and his past with athletics proves his success, you all can continue your complaining and conspiracy theories, and he'll be content with retirement!

p.s. With those who do well comes haters so he must have done something real well. He's like the Lakers of AD's!

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KEITHMILES05 3 years, 7 months ago

The Ks. Ethics Commission has yet to rule on his ethics charge. Perhaps the chancellor got early word Lew is gonna be guilty for his acceptance of the exercise equipment which he totally forgot about and never used (look at the size of the man!) yet when it was discovered in his basement he quickly wrote a 15 grand check for it to smooth over things. No way he can direct the KUAC and be unethical.

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Ken Miller 3 years, 7 months ago

Didn't take Ron Olin long, did it?

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PugnaciousJayhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

I hope Lew takes the Chancellor down with him once whatever led to this announcement is made public.

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CWGOKU 3 years, 7 months ago

Goodbye Lew, don't come back, and take Turner with you!

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LogicMan 3 years, 7 months ago

And this time get a "football" AD, for once.

Oh, wasn't that prior guy ... that they canned ... well ... maybe he's still available?

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Fred Vance 3 years, 7 months ago

All I can say is IT'S ABOUT TIME!!! I hope Lew takes Terry Allen (oops Turner Gill) with him. Yes, Lew made KU a lot of money. But, sounds like many sold their souls to the devil. The spirit in the football stadium and Allen Fieldhouse just is not the same as it used to be. We have lost our swagger due to all the scandals. I feel we took one step forward and two steps back...

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Floyd Craig 3 years, 7 months ago

just clean then house get new blood lower pay for them n kill his retension

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cheeseburger 3 years, 7 months ago

Thank you chancellor! Though I do believe this is a precursor to further information relative to tickets or benefits, it is good for KU to bid the schnoz adieu!

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alm77 3 years, 7 months ago

Am I reading too much into his thanking Chancellor Hemenway?

You can become Gray-Little's fan on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bernadette-Gray-Little/109174035776151?ref=ts&v=desc

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Mary Darst 3 years, 7 months ago

2 million !!!! makes me sick to think he gets that that to retire. I don't care how much he did for the athletic program.

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macon47 3 years, 7 months ago

so, will he take over as lawrence police chief to replace olin?

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rooster 3 years, 7 months ago

Best news all day! Please take Gill with you. Pretty please.

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missmagoo 3 years, 7 months ago

there is definitely more to come from this story..... stay tuned.

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kujayhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

His retention bonus should be used to pay Gill's salary.

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Alexander Neighbors 3 years, 7 months ago

no wonder why Tuition is increasing so much

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g_rock 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm honestly shocked that it took this long. And I'm shocked at that $2 million.

Lew should have been given the bird ages ago.

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justanotherface 3 years, 7 months ago

Now fire Turner Gill and hire Mike Leach immediately!!!

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northtown 3 years, 7 months ago

What else is new???This was expected--Mattered on how the public took to Turner Gill-He will be gone next year-K.U. sports is headed for a nose dive-I give Bill maybe 2 years???? Just more K.U. crap-only money maker poor old Lawrence has!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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GUMnNUTS 3 years, 7 months ago

I nominate Kevin Pritchard, former KU baller an ex GM for the Portland Trailblazers and a class act.

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FrankDrebin 3 years, 7 months ago

Just a side note: The Capital Journal in Topeka beats the LJWorld to the punch again, with a release 7 min ahead. But what would you expect, it only happened 10 or so blocks away from the office.

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mdrndgtl 3 years, 7 months ago

I didn't get a chance to say goodbye.

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jihadist 3 years, 7 months ago

ps. Take Turner Gill with you!

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jihadist 3 years, 7 months ago

This means there is news on the horizon with the ticket scandal.

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