LAWRENCE, Kansas - On June 1, the University of Kansas athletic director acknowledged sports fans are growing frustrated with the athletic department's ongoing flow of bad news.
A week later, Lew Perkins was the one frustrated when asked how all the scandal could all affect his job status.
The pressure is mounting on Perkins.
In just a month, Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson and the university have called for investigations into the multi-million dollar ticket scalping scandal and blackmail allegations involving Perkins.
Reports say a company loaned him expensive exercise equipment in exchange for prime KU basketball tickets.
Perkins has acknowledged it’s not the first time he's been in the middle of blackmail. His athletic department is also missing out on more than $1 million in revenue and his personnel policies have been called into question.
Monday, at a golf fundraiser, his staff tried to remain positive and so did he.
Perkins said, "My integrity is important to me."
But when asked if all the recent scandal could cost him his job -- he became increasingly uncomfortable.
I asked him, "Do you think you're in jeopardy of losing your job?"
Perkins responded, "I hope not. Would you like to see that happen?"
"I'm not here to answer the questions."
"Why would you ask that? So let me ask you: do you think I should do that?"
"A lot of people have suggested that might actually happen."
Perkins ended the interview abruptly saying if we broadcast the interview, he would never talk to our news department again.
Results of an ethics investigation should be complete next Wednesday, June 16.
Perkins has overseen a remarkable money makeover at KU in the seven years he's been there. Basketball coach Bill Self says he supports his boss.
Self said Perkins clout in the college sporting world may be just what the university needs now more than ever in the midst of a possible Big 12 break up.
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