Archive for Thursday, September 9, 2010

Chancellor speaks on athletics search

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little hopes to have a search committee together by the end of next week. She said a KU connection would be nice, but is not required for the new KU athletics director.

September 9, 2010


Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little spoke Wednesday about the search for a new athletics director.

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little spoke Wednesday about the search for a new athletics director.

Kansas University’s chancellor will be looking for a new athletics director with experience, integrity and a style that relates well to people.

Speaking publicly for the first time since Lew Perkins’ resignation on Tuesday, Bernadette Gray-Little said the news sparked feedback from people interested in serving on the search committee for Perkins’ replacement.

“The number of inquiries and responses and so on that I’ve gotten in the last 24 hours has dramatically increased over the daily amount last week,” she said. “So I think that the people in this community and more broadly see this as, ‘OK, the search is really starting now.’”

She said she could not comment on circumstances that led to Perkins’ resignation, calling it a personnel matter.

The committee will be composed of people representing a number of different interests, including athletics, academics and alumni supporters.

Perkins won’t be formally involved in the search process, she said, though she anticipated he could make recommendations to the search committee based on his wide network of contacts.

“We’re looking for someone who could strengthen us in terms of facilities, in terms of programs for student-athletes and who would focus on enhancing the quality across the different sports,” Gray-Little said.

Though she has been involved in higher education for decades, this represents the chancellor’s first effort at hiring an athletics director. She’s sought consultation from people who are professionally involved with athletics and people on campus.

“This will be my first time, and I’m trying to get as much input as I can to ensure we get off on the right start,” she said. “We want someone who can build on what we have and take us even further.”


Paul R Getto 7 years, 8 months ago

Here's a suggestion. Make Coach Gill AD. He seems good at glad-handing and the old meet and greet. Rehire Mangino as football coach and we'll start over.

justforfun 7 years, 8 months ago

OK. The head shot of BGL made me think "ET Phone Home!"

newmedia 7 years, 8 months ago

I'll give them one thing. KU always has a flair for the dramatic! Rock Chalk.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 8 months ago

Ms Gray-Little had no idea what was on her plate when accepting this position. Now we must be patient and allow time to take its course.

Let's bring the home games back home to Lawrence,Kansas. Lawrence can use the excitement, our small business might appreciate it and we taxpayers need the revenue.

Steve Miller 7 years, 8 months ago

So aparently she is looknig for things that lew did not have ? If he did have , then why is he gone ? SAometing stinks here, we'll fnid ot when the suspensions come and the fines... Lew may have avoided the oncoming train that's about ready to crash ...

nverlost 7 years, 8 months ago

After seeing her press conference during the B12 realignment shake up it frightens me that she's leading our cause on finding a new AD. She looked incredibly ill prepared for her scripted statement as well as the reporters questioning. Coach Self better be involved in this one, he was our rock two months ago when she was standing there like a deer in the headlights. BGL is in way over her head.

nverlost 7 years, 8 months ago

You, like BGL, obviously don't seem too interested in the well being of the sports programs do you? "The less KU influence, the better for KU". That's one of the craziest comments I've read on here.

nverlost 7 years, 8 months ago

Sure, if we want to start going backwards in momentum with the football program. We're on a good start, aren't we?. Mangino (hmmm, recent nat. coach of the year I believe) was fired because of a PC reaction from this university. Many of Lew's (recently ranked one the top AD's in the country) "troubles", outside the ticket scandal, are a result of a PC reaction from this university. The Topeka CJ and KC Star love nothing more than to create news when it comes to the U of KS all in the name of selling more papers and "we" just completely caved in to it. BGL will, I have little doubt, will hire the prettiest face she can find for the new AD. A PC mentality isn't what we need right now though. A search, which heavily involves Coach Self as well as others WITHIN the university need to be happy with this hire. I'm not questioning that an outside committee, to some degree, would be used in a search like this. They shouldn't drive the search though.

LJD230 7 years, 8 months ago

My guess is the chancellor might have a couple of contacts in NC from whom she might seek advice.

nobody1793 7 years, 8 months ago

Yup. Because UNC's football program is so squeeky clean too...

ecilop 7 years, 8 months ago

Wilbur, my experience has been that anyone who describes an entire group of people as being "for the most part" are closed minded. Please refrain from spreading your bias.

Richard Payton 7 years, 8 months ago

WELCOME the new AD to the new super conference in a few years! Will this new AD - be booed when KU loses money by being left to play in the WAC or MVC. This person will need a backbone of steel to deal with the fallout of the BIG 12 because Beebe doesn't show much leadership.

d_prowess 7 years, 8 months ago

I believe this is the biggest issue for our next AD. They need to be someone with strong connections within some of the the major conferences to help us if/when the Big 12 finally gets raided. We can not end up in the WAC or some new version of it.

riverdrifter 7 years, 8 months ago

Spot-on observation. KU needs a shrewd and connected AD to deal with the dissolution of the Big 12 which is a near-certainty in the not-so-distant future.

Jim Williamson 7 years, 8 months ago

That's my major concern: we'll hire another Bob Frederick (rest his soul). He was a good man, a wonderful role model, someone you'd be proud to have representing you and, sadly, a lousy AD in today's win-at-all-costs, billion-dollar college athletics environment.

boknowssports 7 years, 8 months ago

You can't throw Mangino under the bus (okay, he would not fit) for last year. Reesing's groin pull in the Colorado game limited him the rest of the year. Sharp played (not well) with a cracked leg. Then you have the Perkins/Gray-Little tandum virtually tanking our season at mid year with their bogus investigation that clearly could have been withheld to year end. It produced nothing and cost the University 3 million. Perkins/Gray-Little knew they had to tank the season though, as trying to fire Mangino at year end after a bowl game would have made them look bad. Yes, even with their attempt to tank the season, Mangino and squad still came within a 41-39 loss to Mizzou from returning to the Fiesta, no, no....there was something rotten going on with this chancellor bringing in Coach Gill. Now we all get to suffer. Coach Mangino, the ONLY coach in college football history to get the assistant coach of the year award (OU) and national coach of the year award (KU-2007) and we dump him for a pathetic 20 wins 30 losses Jucco quality coach who comes in and can't even motivate or prepare his team to beat a D2 our house....nice, real nice. The Perkins house cleaning needs to include Gray-Little....she is in way, way over her head..........

boknowssports 7 years, 8 months ago

Wake up. The decision was made to fire Mangino. How do you fire a coach that takes you to a bowl that year and probably wins it?? The answer is..You don't or if you do, it costs u fan support and a whole lot of money. As it was, doing what they did still cost 3 million, but they did not have to fire a coach that took them to a bowl that year (last). Is that hard for you to understand? Keep your head in the sand if you want, but that joke of an investigation turned up nothing and they knew it would not. That is why they did it in the middle of the season to disrupt the team. Get a clue.

cphouser 7 years, 8 months ago

Hello Gato! I hope this all works itself out.

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