Keep this under you hat, but Bill Self‘s $17.5 million luxury apartments complex just got whacked…
What, you didn’t read any news stories about it either? The first mention of the whacking – from $17.5 million down to $10 million or less – came in the form of an editorial in Sunday’s Lawrence Journal World.
Which is kinda funny, cause when KU’s athletics department wanted to wipe the egg off its face after getting embarrassed by the Kansas Legislature recently, it put out enough press releases to get coverage about a “lead donor” being found for the Fieldhouse Apartments that it was even mentioned in the Washington Post.
But now that they’re going halfsies on the deal, mum’s the word..now here’s why.
Forget about women’s sports and Title IX insuring that “no person be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
The reason KU athletics is running quiet is they’re running scared.
Because the money KU’s saving on Self’s luxury dorm ($265,000 per apartment) is coming out of the Lady Jayhawks side of the ledger. That’s right, the almighty men’s basketball team will get it’s pound of opulence, but the women players will have to wait.
Wait for what, you ask?
Wait for somebody to lay some sort of politically correct guilt trip on the Kansas Legislature, that will be forced to have to avoid the embarrassment of denying the remaining $8 million in funding so the women players can get a fair shake.
And don’t think for one second that boosters like Kent McCarthy – who is getting his mother’s name on the mens apartment building as the “lead donor” – will be lining up with anything approaching the fervor to make sure the women players get similar digs.
Nope, and the reason the Journal World tucked this bit of unreported news into an editorial was to avoid the sort of headline that properly belongs on a news story reporting these planned changes.
A headline like this:
“KU women basketball players evicted from Fieldhouse Apartments”
Instead we got this headline from the “journalists” at the Journal World:
“Scaled-back plans have set a more positive course for a new apartment building near Allen Fieldhouse”
More positive for whom?