LAWRENCE, Kansas - The chair of the Kansas Board of Regents said the University of Kansas athletics department needs a “fresh start.”
This spring, a ticket scandal rocked KU’s athletic department prompting a federal investigation. Athletic director Lew Perkins immediately felt heat. He announced plans to retire next fall. Instead, Perkins met with KU’s chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Tuesday. He retired effective immediately.
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The Board of Regents is pleased.
“When somebody had decided to move on and it’s clearly over, my experience is sooner is better,” said Gary Sherrer, chair of the Kansas Board of Regents. “So, I think in this case, it is good for him and it’s good for the university.”
In a press conference, men’s basketball coach Bill Self and interim Athletic Director Sean Lester praised Perkins’ contributions.
“Part of me is a little disappointed and sad because I think that Lew treated all his coaches and all his student athletes very, very well,” Self said.
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Perkins’ aggressive fundraising built KU many facilities’ upgrades. However, even those who donated believe Perkins needed to go sooner rather than later.
“It was time because there are too many clouds and shadows that linger over the current athletic administration,” said Fred LaMar, a booster. “So, it was time for change.”
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