It’s becoming increasing clear when it comes to the University of Kansas that money talks and pretty much everything else walks…
Even tiny amounts of money, as in a paltry $25 per student, per semester fee used to help fund women’s and non-revenue sports at the KU. Because in a startling move, the KU student senate voted to end a 35 year-old subsidy for said sports, which began as a means to help the university comply with the Title IX gender equity in education law.
And guess who’s to blame for sticking it to the so-called Lady Jayhawks?
The dudes running the Athletics Department who are poised to bestow quarter million dollar apartments on top level, one-and-done, NBA-bound basketball recruits. Men only, of course. The women got shut out of the deal after the Kansas legislature refused to fund the folly. And because according to the KU students who voted 55-3 to kill the fees, the athletics department doesn’t need the dough based on it being a $93.6 million corporation.
A corporation where virtually anybody who’s anybody in the department gets a free car to drive every year at the expense of mens basketball and football ticket holders who are forced to pay exorbitant seating fees, not required of the participating the car dealers.
All of that said, the final outcome of the student vote hinges on whether or not KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little vetoes the student’s kill bill. And that gets even muddier based on a “deal” ousted, former athletics director Lew Perkins cut with a past student body president.
In any case, true to form, the story didn’t even make it into the pages of today’s Kansas City Star, which continues to make a habit of not reporting just about anything that might incur the displeasure of KU’s athletics department.
My hunch is Gray-Little will cite the Perkins deal as an excuse to nix the student’s vote and the status quo will be upheld. Because after throwing the KU women’s basketball team under the bus by cutting them out of the pricey new apartment digs, it’s crystal clear what the priorities of both KU’s athletics department and its student body are.