Everybody loves to kick a dude when he’s down, but the fact of the matter is KU athletics director Lew Perkins was really never that far up when it comes right down to it.
Sure he got KU athletic supporters to cough up a buncha cash before the economic bubble burst two years ago. And the football team had its Orange Bowl Season, the basketball team its national championship magic.
But Sweet Lew had zero to do with hiring Bill Self or Mark Mangino, the architects of those achievements.
And the truth be known, we’ll likely never know how much long term cash was lost because of Perkins across the board bouncing of KU season ticket holders from their long held basketball and football seats.
Perkins wanted the money yesterday for his legacy today, but as Lawrence Journal World publisher Dolph Simons told me, some of those slow-paying, conservative by nature season ticket holders scratched KU from their wills after Perkins extorted them for big bucks then moved them to the cheap seats.
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