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Thursday, June 25, 2009

KU Athletics hires risk management AD

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Lori Williams, director of academic review at the NCAA Eligibility Center, has been named associate athletic director for risk management by Kansas Athletics Inc.

“Because of her extensive background in eligibility and certification,” said Lew Perkins, KU athletic director, “Lori will be working very closely with our compliance staff on a daily basis.”

Perkins said Williams will also create an ongoing evaluation and reporting process that will assess identified areas of risk.

Williams has served in several roles at the NCAA since 2000, including associate director of enforcement and director of membership services. She has a bachelor’s degree from Baylor and a law degree from Texas Tech.

Comments

KEITHMILES05 10 years, 11 months ago

So, this is where the added increase in revenue will be going?

5DecadeHawk 10 years, 11 months ago

Another very intelligent move by Lew.

While other athletic programs around the country are imploding because of their poor institutional control, (Two Wildcat programs and two Tigger programs come to mind.) Lew is pushing well ahead of the curve. Hiring a proven NCAA Academic Review Director assures that KU will have an experienced professional helping make certain that KU is not only doing things the right way, but documenting everything appropriately to keep KU from having the kinds of problems other institutions have been having.

This should also help KU speed the processing of KU Signees through the NCAA Clearinghouse to get them certified and in school without the long delays we have often seen in the past. That will be good for KU, and good for the students' academic success and long term eligability.

Hiring the NCAA police officers away to help us internally patrol our own turf. That Lew is a crafty one!

K_Easthouse 10 years, 11 months ago

Agreed, this is a very smart move in the charged climate that college sports has become. This will ensure we aren't on the receiving end of any surprise NCAA sanctions because we were breaking violations that are open to interpretation.

This is a proactive approach that I think other universities should consider. It will help the university with compliance, help our coaching staffs ensure they're the most effective in their interaction with recruits and athletes, and help our recruits understand we're serious about not being penalized out of another NCAA tournament or losing scholarships.

Tim Orel 10 years, 11 months ago

I think this is also defensive. KU has had issues in both BB and football within the last few years, and even one more might earn that "Lack of Institutional Control" tag that can be devastating. I think we've got smart head coaches, but problems can crop up from anyone, even, apparently, fan blogs, so this is a good move.

Matt Kenton 10 years, 11 months ago

Totally agree with the above comments.

I think it also speaks volumes about Lew and his athletic department, as well as KU and the Lawrence community that she would choose to leave the NCAA and join us.

Welcome aboard!

odc213 10 years, 11 months ago

So, does all of the above answer your question KEITHMILES05? The answer is YES. It does.

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