Archive for Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Moving forward

Actions being taken by Kansas University’s chancellor, including her appointments for an athletics director search committee, appear to be promising steps for the KU athletics department.

September 21, 2010


Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little should be congratulated for recent moves to take control and move the KU athletics department forward.

After moving up the scheduled departure of Athletics Director Lew Perkins by about a year, Gray-Little appointed what appears to be a strong committee to search for Perkins’ replacement. The members of the committee announced last week are fresh faces, not the usual “big cigars” who seek to solidify their spots in the KU athletics inner circle.

Both moves indicate Gray-Little’s desire to bring more transparency to KU’s athletics department and make the department more accountable to the chancellor’s office.

The chancellor told the Kansas Board of Regents last week that the school is increasing its control over the athletics ticket system and its oversight of the athletics department. Steps also are being taken, she said, to make the points system that allocates seats for athletic events more transparent, allowing donors to see exactly how seating is determined and how many points are required for seats in various areas of Allen Fieldhouse and Memorial Stadium. All of these steps are needed to restore confidence in Kansas Athletics following a recent ticket scandal in which five former KU athletics employees and a consultant were implicated in the theft and sale of millions of dollars worth of KU athletics tickets.

Following the announcement that Perkins would leave his post immediately, Gray-Little said the university would be looking for a new athletics director with experience, integrity and a style that relates well to people. Last week, she named a six-member search committee to carry out that task. The members include a KU dean, several KU supporters in private business, KU’s baseball coach and an administrator for women’s sports at KU. It’s a group that goes outside the athletics inner circle and hopefully will approach its task with an open mind and a clear focus on finding an athletic director that will rise above recent scandals and re-establish the integrity of the department.

It’s been a difficult few months for Kansas Athletics. It’s good that KU’s chancellor is taking firm steps to deal with that difficult period and move the department forward in a way that will reflect credit on the university.


Paul R Getto 7 years, 6 months ago

Good column, sir. Let's sit back and see how this plays out. I just hope they can find an AD with the drive and fund-raising skills similar to Mr. Perkins. Without that, we will slide back to the middle of the Big XII pack, and mediocrity. (Not that the football team isn't already trying to help with this effort.)

volunteer 7 years, 6 months ago

It is my understanding that one of the search committee is indeed a VERY big cigar who has been sqawking loudly about BGL's refusal to do any meet and greet of even the biggest contributors.

happyrock 7 years, 6 months ago

Another needless editorial by the moron-in-chief. Next thing you know he will be attacking her, the search committee, Lew Perkins, Mark Mangino, Al Bohl, Ted Owens, Pepper Rodgers, Jack Mitchell and everyone he can think of who has ever been involved with KU ... all the while asking everyone, "Did you know Punch Sulzberger?" It's Dolph's paper so I guess he can write whatever he wants. The good news for the rest of us is the internet means we don't have to subscribe anymore.

Haiku_Cuckoo 7 years, 6 months ago

"all the while asking everyone, 'Did you know Punch Sulzberger?'"

That is hilarious. So true.

Haiku_Cuckoo 7 years, 6 months ago

KU wrapped up it's investigation of the ticket scandal months ago and disclosed the identities and details of those involved in a 29 page report. KU is ready to move on.

jhawks360 7 years, 6 months ago

Excellent editorial. The Chancellor has faced some difficult situations and has handled them with class and dignity.

Rock on, BGL!

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