Friday, December 17, 2010


Public deserves truth surrounding Bubba Cunningham backing out of KU job


Something happened between the time Bubba Cunningham told friends he was going to leave Tulsa University to accept the athletic director’s position at Kansas University and the time Tulsa announced Thursday he had signed a new contract with the Conference USA school.

Cunningham thought he wanted to succeed Lew Perkins, but when it came time to pull the trigger, he couldn’t do it.

He’s not the first man in sports to have a change of heart.

Former Kansas football coach Glen Mason accepted the job at Georgia as his team prepared for an appearance in the Aloha Bowl, but he changed his mind and stayed in Lawrence for one more year before bolting for Minnesota, where he prematurely was fired after the 2006 season.

On December 26, 2009, Florida football coach Urban Meyer announced he would resign after his team played in the Sugar Bowl on New Years Day. The next day, Meyer said he instead would take a leave of absence for health reasons. He coached the Gators one more year.

Former Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins accepted the job at South Carolina, his alma mater, only to change his mind three days later, when he decided to stay in Atlanta.

Dana Altman’s heart didn’t look into it when he stood beside Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles and sort of joined him in doing the school’s hog call.

Altman’s opening words: “I’m not sure my friends in Omaha would like to see me do that.”

One day later, he rejoined his friends in Omaha.

Cunningham didn’t make it all the way to a press conference. Why not? What happened? The time has arrived for Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little to end her silence on the AD search with the truth as she sees it.

The truth might just be that leaving Tulsa for Kansas didn’t feel any more right to Cunningham than coaching in the South felt to Mason or doing the hog call felt to Altman. If that’s the case, the search for the smoking gun will lead nowhere. Not long after unreported speculation was whispered by one voice in Lawrence, Bob Fescoe of 610 Sports tweeted words similar to that whisper: “When you agree to terms on a contract with someone, you better have those same terms on paper.”

Let’s say there were two offers, one to which Cunningham agreed, a second he couldn’t bring himself to sign.

If that happened, in the interest of transparency, the chancellor wouldn’t be harming anyone by identifying the differences. Let the public decide whether she deserves the blame for failing to make him comfortable enough to close the deal, or if Cunningham — who had convinced the search committee he wanted the job — latched onto a technicality to slip out of a move that, in the end, just didn’t feel right to him.

Cunningham was the right guy, but if another candidate of equal caliber can be landed, the first choice’s rejection won’t even be the second-worst thing to happen in the KU athletic department this week, ranking third, right behind junior college quarterback Zack Stoudt’s decision to reject KU’s offer in favor of Ole Miss. Stoudt might be more difficult to replace. The sad arrest of Mario Little early Thursday morning, of course, ranks at the top.


KU1992 7 years, 5 months ago

haha in other words...

"I'm not the first guy to look dumb from a guy changing his mind"

jayhawkinATL 7 years, 5 months ago

That's exactly what I thought. Keegan trying to save face!!!

hawk316 7 years, 5 months ago

Is it just me or do we seem to have a lot of cyncial people on this site?

BreakmanX 7 years, 5 months ago

The internet: anonymity + ignorance + space to talk = mean spirited drivel

murph 7 years, 5 months ago

It just got a little harder to put any serious stock in something a grown man who still calls himself "Bubba" says. KU was used to get himself a fat raise and stay where the job is easier. It's happened to schools before, and will again. His obviously doesn't have what it takes to make it go where the going ain't easy.

archercc 7 years, 5 months ago

Actually YOUR prejudice is showing as Malik and Darnell are actually given names. This guys name is Lawrence and Bubba is a nickname.

I had a nickname, back in high school. I dropped it when I got out into the real world.

AirCapJay 7 years, 5 months ago

Max... your response shows prejudice and bigotry. I agree with archercc.

honk_for_hawks 7 years, 5 months ago

in other words, keegan jumped the gun and now he is trying to cover his tracks

Coyotehawk 7 years, 5 months ago

Nice try Keegan. Way to play it off.

Now follow these simple instructions:

1) Retrieve egg from refrigerator 2) Crack open egg shell 3) Pour contents on face 4) Smile

deepind 7 years, 5 months ago

5) Take a picture and post it in the kusports blog! :)

murph 7 years, 5 months ago

Keegan wasn't the only one who bought the story hook, line and sinker. It was on The Star, of course, and also on Sports Illustrated that I know of.

KU1992 7 years, 5 months ago

I'm not blaming him for reporting what the "source" had said, even though one easily could. It's just really funny that he puts this out right after. It's just so over the top, and just kind of in defense of himself.

KEITHMILES05 7 years, 5 months ago

The chancellor doesn't owe ANYBODY squat for an explanation. Talk about high minded media people. Get over yourselves and move on.

Hawk1969 7 years, 5 months ago

I believe she does. She dropped the ball and now we'll have to wait even longer for an AD.

KEITHMILES05 7 years, 5 months ago

The chancellor doesn't owe ANYBODY squat for an explanation. Talk about high minded media people. Get over yourselves and move on.

deepind 7 years, 5 months ago

Well said! The chancellor never announce who is the next AD... so why would she owe an explanation? Until the "official" announcement is made everything else is mere speculation and hearsay. Just because Keegan ate dirt, he is trying to blame it on the chancellor! It is just funny... :)

LAJayhawk 7 years, 5 months ago

We don't even know if she actually offered him the position, although Keegan is suggesting it as a given. Here's his proof:

"...Bubba Cunningham told friends he was going to leave Tulsa University to accept the athletic director’s position at Kansas University..."

Do you know what that kind of reporting is called? Tabloid.

All of you media people are the one's who effed this up by reporting before there was actual facts behind it, and now you are trying to shift the blame to the chancellor to make yourself look less ridiculous.

I echo KEITHMILES05. She is not here to fix YOUR mistake Keegan.

Ben Kliewer 7 years, 5 months ago

How sad that ahpersecoachingexperience can't b*tch about our new AD in 14 posts on every article... Oh well, he'll find some way to about whoever we do get.

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 5 months ago

Said he wasn't the right guy for the position. Apparently I was right.

Eliott Reeder 7 years, 5 months ago

I was waiting for the "he's more cunning than ham" line...

John Percival 7 years, 5 months ago

It might have been funny the third time.

Phillbert 7 years, 5 months ago

I agree on all three points, particularly the part about being on the verge of making a big decision, being excited for something new...and then deciding you don't want a change (especially if you'd also be changing your family's life and not just your own, like Cunningham would have been doing.)

Ashwin Rao 7 years, 5 months ago

The chancellor didn't officially report the possibility of the hire, so she is not obligated to discuss this matter... Just move on.

LAJayhawk 7 years, 5 months ago

Besides, who is going to say, "Yeah, we offered him a position and he turned us down flat. Then he pooped on my desk."

There is absolutely no benefit to saying an offered was made and he turned it down except to validate Keegan's articles. KU would not benefit from making the statement. Cunningham, the Chancellor... it wouldn't matter for either one if news was released. The only people standing to benefit from a statement being released are those who prematurely reported and then desperately called for someone to bail them out...

rockemchalkemrobots 7 years, 5 months ago

Someone cleaning up a particularly embarassing mess off of their desk might use this explanation.

amatxjayhawk 7 years, 5 months ago

Sources report Tom Keegan is about to accept a position as an investigator for the NCCA. Folks inside the NCAA really like his style. He is willing to work on no truths, half truths, leaks, and innuendo even though he very often looks stupid. They also like his ability to draw conclusions from completely unrelated events.

Another source (just in) has him taking a position near his alma mater where stupid is less obvious. Either of these options would be welcome news in and around Lawrence, KS.

Hint to Keegan - "It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." Your last two articles have you two for two.

Brianna Zaleski 7 years, 5 months ago

Hint to Keegan - "It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." Your last two articles have you two for two.

Great line. Keegan could easily work for a news orginization such as ESPN. They too are constantly jumping the gun on stories in order to be the ones that "Broke the story". Only to have to retract a couple of times before the real story comes out. An example that comes to mind is the Big 12 realignment. ESPN must have broke that story like 5 times and each time they were wrong. Yet one of the LJW staffers stayed on the story and broke it accurately before all the national outlets. There is something to be said about holding out for the truth. "Truth in Journalism." I know I've heard that somewhere?

Chicago_JHawk 7 years, 5 months ago

I'm not sure why Gray-Little would be obligated to comment. All of the examples Keegan cites were situations where a press-conference or at least a release was made before the decision was reversed. In this instance, some "sources" reported it, but apparently no one from Cunningham's camp or KU's camp did or said anything official.

Keegan wants to "Let the public decide whether she deserves the blame for failing to make him comfortable enough to close the deal...". Why does anyone deserve blame? At best, Bubba was offered the job, mulled it over, and turned it down. Nothing wrong with that.

rockemchalkemrobots 7 years, 5 months ago

Also, he included Urban Meyer instead of Billy Donovan. The Donovan situation fits much better into his group of failed comparisons. This guy is "more keeg than an".

Varlo52 7 years, 5 months ago

I rarely comment and have not been either a vocal or silent Keegan basher. Like nearly all writers he has good days and bad days, but I have to add my vote to that of those who say it is none of his (or our) business why no deal came to fruition. Perhaps both Keegan and his "source" will be more circumspect about prematurely naming the next candidate in line.

treidy 7 years, 5 months ago

Keegan you have those embarrassments ranked wrong. This is number one, followed by Little then Stoudt.

Jeff Coffman 7 years, 5 months ago

Stoudt isn't even a big deal...I can only name one Juco transfer in the past 10 years that has done anything remotely spectacular.

We put way to much hype on a Juco transfer....oh wait that was Keegan again that wrote that article.

Brianna Zaleski 7 years, 5 months ago

Agreed. He is trying to deflect attention away from the fact that he blew it. So he mentions other "goings on" to try and steer eyes away from himself. Not that the everyone doesn't already know that Little situation and he certainly brought it on himself, but way to throw him under the bus Keegan. We all know he f-ed up. you don't need to remind us of it to deflect attention away from YOUR f-up

Dyrk Dugan 7 years, 5 months ago

the Chancellor is supposed to "identify the differences" and come clean in public on why Cunningham stayed at Tulsa? not happening. as most publications tend to do these days, the LJW jumped the gun, reported the "KU to name new AD" story, and they got burned.

someone, AD, football coach, basketball coach or your local warehouse supervisor, ain't in the job, until they are in the job. If he truly wanted to come here, he would have come. and guess what TK? Maybe KU pulled the plug? ever thought about that? Happens in recruiting all the time......"player X changed mind goes to School Z other than Y"....well, school Y pulled the schollie....utlimately, THEY had a change of heart.

the thing is, the LJW truly doesn't it was speculation to begin with, and it's speculation now. and fairly worthless. Let's get on to the next person. Let's get someone in here, organized, a true administrator, who will work in KU's overall athletic interest.

i think Bates from Miami Ohio, should get the next strongest look.

4everahawk 7 years, 5 months ago

Tulsa papers were the first to put the rumor out there. According to several articles it sounds like Bubba himself told 'sources' he was taking the job here. No one at KU made any announcements indicating that a press release was coming. If he was the one releasing his intent to leave Tulsa and then at the eleventh hour changing his mind, then blame him, not LJW reporters. Sounds like the offer was indeed made, he accepted, then backed out before signing contract....simple as that. If, in fact, he leaked his intent to take the job, I would have to question his professionalism. KU messes up a lot, but wouldn't leak this kind of info before his signature was on the contract. It would be interesting to know who the 'source close to the search committee' is that was mentioned in an earlier article.

Marcia Parsons 7 years, 5 months ago

One report I read said it was "a Big 12 AD", but that report could have been just as screwed up as all the rest.

Sam Constance 7 years, 5 months ago

"If, in fact, he leaked his intent to take the job, I would have to question his professionalism."

Agreed. If that's what happened, it seems like a classic case of a guy using other job offers to leverage a raise at his current job.

KU was his patsy.

Worse things have been done, but I agree it's somewhat seedy. Plus there's the potential unintended consequence of future chancellors and presidents thinking twice before they put Cunningham on their short list of potential candidates.

So I hope it was part of his plan to stay at Tulsa for a long time, not just until the next big school (without chaos in their athletic dept) comes calling. He may have harmed himself from their coming calling...

TwistedFish31 7 years, 5 months ago

Go away creep! And stay away from the children!!

klineisanazi 7 years, 5 months ago

KU will not reveal any details of the negotiations, at least officially, while the search is ongoing. That is no way to attract good candidates, who want at least some assurance of confidentiality . This is a classic case of the media getting blindsided and then getting indignant. It is entirely possible that Bubba simply changed his mind. Simple as that.

KEITHMILES05 7 years, 5 months ago

Tom, you need to resign and allow Bedore to cover your stuff. You have brought a new low to sports reporting.

kcglowboy 7 years, 5 months ago

Don't shoot me, but ... I miss Woodling!

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 5 months ago

The university owes nothing to nobody. They never came out and said anything. It's you tk that owe your readers an apology for a month of articles that you wrote that were wrong. And passing the buck to the university to cover your own backside. . .

If tk were right thus year we would of seen Larry Scott fly in on his private jet to invite us to the PAC 10. Where our first game would of been against an asu team coached by mike leach with oc mark mangino. Played in front of new AD bubba c who got the job despite not interviewing for the position.

As Ace Ventura said "fiction can be fun!"

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 5 months ago

Someone fill me in on blg. Being away I don't know what her deal is.

rockemchalkemrobots 7 years, 5 months ago

And is she any relation to Mario Gray-Little? Were they a package deal? Come on, Mulaza is in a need to know situation.

Matt Elliott 7 years, 5 months ago

Gray-Little is going to run this University into the ground. Her desire for controll of the athletic department, something she should not control, will destroy anything built in the last 4 years and could end up running the best man on campus out---Self. Fire Gray-Little!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Clarence Haynes 7 years, 5 months ago

Silly assertion HawkNut. You have no basis for saying this. As I have said before, most of the crap that she is cleaning up preceeded her. Let the University make a decision so that we can begin to have an athletic program that is effective and operates with integrity.

LAJayhawk 7 years, 5 months ago

Most unsubstantiated, idiotic and baseless post of the day.

You rival Tom Keegan.

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 5 months ago

No one owes us an explanation. Bubba didn't want to come here after all. It sucks, but guys change their minds in the last minute all the time. This has nothing to do with Keegan because lots of sources reported Bubba was coming to KU. I even read it on so it was supposed to happen.

Now, we have to suck it up and keep looking for the right hire. We need to make sure we have someone in mind that is up to bring is to a new level. We have some improvements to make and our reputation is a bit sullied with the ticket scandal and the fact our football team is really down right now.

It is safe to say this won't be an easy job for whoever gets it and he or she will have a big project on their hands. I am not saying it can't be done, but the new AD will have to be ready to work, but I do believe if we get the right person that the job will have an amazing outcome because getting KU back on track is possible. I do hope the new AD works on getting the boosters and alumni back on board because we are going to need everyone's support and effort to help get KU moving in the right direction, but it can be done.

jayhawk1996 7 years, 5 months ago

No explanation is required. It would be nice to know why this didn't work out, but there's no moral or legal obligation for either side to share details.

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 5 months ago

It's time to hire a consulting firm that is connected in the world of sports. We have tried letting our AD make the hire and it didn't work and please tell me what a financial advisor and candy man, among others, know about what makes a good ad!

Ron Prichard 7 years, 5 months ago

A consulting firm got us Perkins, if I remember correctly (or was at least involved in the search). I actually liked Perkins, so I don't necessarily disagree. I just want to make sure you know what you're asking for.

4everahawk 7 years, 5 months ago

I agree that the search committee is made up of some unusual choices. Did BGL pick this committee? Some of them are highly respected professionals, but don't seem to have the knowledge or experience to be choosing a new AD. BGL, at her own admission, has little experience dealing with athletics, so it's a little disconcerting that she will have the definitive decision in this hire.

KUfan88 7 years, 5 months ago

Let Bubba go...the guy we want is Dr. Sheahon Zenger. The guy is spooky smart, great social skills, natural leader and is a consensus builder.

WilburNether 7 years, 5 months ago

No, Mr. Keegan, it's not the Chancellor who owes an explanation. It is the reporters and editors at the LJW, who owe readers an explanation of why their lazy and incompetent reporting got this story wrong.

Oh, wait, I just answered the question.

jaybark 7 years, 5 months ago

This is transference. "Kill the messenger". Several media outlets reported the same story because of its 99.99% probability (unless you possess some insider info not shared by officials from KU, Cunningham's circle or Cunningham himself). You don't like outcome and feel impotent to call out the actual parties involved so you turn to the one place you feel you have a voice and call out the one person with the highest probability of reading your frustration. If this site had only official statements put out by university PR departments after the fact, it would carry little use to fans who want insider info prior to any major events.

Clarence Haynes 7 years, 5 months ago

Bubba could become the next AD at Notre Dame if and when that opens up and he is willing to wait it out at Tulsa.

Jacobpaul81 7 years, 5 months ago

Notre Dame won't hire a guy named Bubba. He'd have better luck getting the AD job at IU. Notre Dame has too many non-Hoosier donors to hire a Hoosier named Bubba.

JayDocMD 7 years, 5 months ago

Seems pretty obvious that he used KU's interest to leverage a new/better contract with his current employer. I don't blame him - smart business move. However not good for KU to look like the chump. The search committee and/or KU admin needs to patch their leaks. The other candidates don't want to look like 2nd/3rd choices and this can snowball quick (ala Oregon b-ball search.) Lets run a tighter ship so we don't get caught with our pants down again. Its too cold out and shrinkage (of candidates) will definitely be an issue.

Sam Constance 7 years, 5 months ago

Smart? Yeah, sure.

Professional? Not really. Especially if he did it by leaking that he was taking the job at KU, rather than going to his boss and saying "hey, KU is interested in hiring me, but I like Tulsa and want to give you the chance to keep me here"

And as I mentioned above, it could affect future interest in him if they don't want to be the patsy for yet another raise.

Also, I got the impression from Keegan's article that the "sources" were not from the KU athletic department...maybe I'm misinterpreting?

Ron Prichard 7 years, 5 months ago

@baldjedi: You say, "This has nothing to do with Keegan because lots of sources reported Bubba was coming to KU. I even read it on so it was supposed to happen." I have to respectfully disagree. Initially, the hire was cited by one or two people, Keegan being one of them. After the reports were out there, ESPN, SI, and many other national and regional media outlets picked it up and ran with it.

Keegan, you owe us, and KU, an apology. Not the other way around. Why don't you ask your "source" for an apology? KU never commented on the potential hire of Cunningham. Neither did Cunningham, for that matter. The only ones that felt the need to comment were mediocre reporters looking for a scoop who decide to turn speculation into fact.

Go write for a school you actually like.

Marcia Parsons 7 years, 5 months ago

Regarding ESPN and other sports sites, the ones I read said "as reported in the LJW." OOOpps!

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 5 months ago

Either way this is bigger than what Keegan does to be a screw up journalist. The point still stands we don't have an AD and we are not any closer to getting a quality one.

Our reputation is not very good at the moment. We have one quality sports program and the other sports no one wants to touch. I am hoping we do the proper search for an AD to find the right fit. I do hope we know what we are doing because it doesn't look like we do right now.

Tony Bandle 7 years, 5 months ago

Wow!! Rejected by a guy named Bubba!! Oh, the shame.

KGphoto 7 years, 5 months ago

Stop being crazy people. Nobody knows why it didn't work. Stop calling for consulting firms. Stop calling for firings. Stop pretending to know something you don't. BGL is a sharp woman who is more than qualified to be Kansas' chancellor. She's only been at KU for a little over a year and was handed a ticking time-bomb. Give her a break.

And I don't think you have to "know something about athletics" to hire a good AD. You might need that to hire a coach. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from SLU, and has been working with a university for 40 years. I think she's a little more qualified to hire an AD than anybody on this little journal post. That includes Keegan.

She has to clean the house before she can have the party. And right now, it's a big dirty house. Patience.

Brianna Zaleski 7 years, 5 months ago

Where do I start? KU is a big dirty house? You don't need to know anything about athletics to hire a good AD? She was handed a ticking time-bomb?

Let me guess, you are probably saying the same thing about the economy right now. "Obama inherited this mess, give him time." Don't want to hold anyone accountable for anything.

I don't know the next thing about what BGL is doing to hire an AD. But I'll tell you this, she had better be consulting people w/ an athletics backround (if she has no experience herself) because you should at least know the lay of the land before you hire someone to a position of this caliber. And speaking of, when did KU become this ses-pool of a job? You act like the next AD is going to have to clean up after a nuclear winter or something. This is a coveted job as well it should be. We will hire someone (hopefully if BGL does her job) that is competent and a proven AD at this level. This is a plum AD job at a major D1 program. Open the curtains, let a little light shine in. Its not a gloomy as you think.

Sam Constance 7 years, 5 months ago

It's true, you don't really need to be an expert in "athletics" to hire a good AD.

AD is primarily a management/fundraising position. A good hire knows how to raise donor money, manage a department, and yes, occasionally hire a new coach. Knowledge of how college athletics function is a must for the AD, but not for the person hiring the AD.

Since when does a hiring manager have to be an expert in the subject matter that their new hire is going to be presiding over? I think you'll find that said scenario is rarely the case. Would you care to explain how BGL's knowledge of "athletics" will help her in making a good hire?

As far as the state of KU's program--I won't go as far as the previous poster and say it's a "big dirty house", but the idea that the KU AD job is "coveted" is naive. We are 6 months removed from one of the largest (in terms of monetary value) scandals in the history of college athletics. We just finished holding our breath with hope that the whole conference realignment wouldn't leave KU sitting out in the cold of a non-BCS conference. Our football team is terrible and regardless of what you think will happen in the future, has a long way to go to get back to success.

Plus, there are two primary ways in which an AD puts his/her stamp on a program: 1) fundraising/fund allocation, and 2) hiring coaches. Obviously, hiring coaches is the more public of the two roles, and the new AD at KU will be automatically restricted from performing that role, since Gill was just hired and Self is going nowhere for the immediate future. In other words, the new AD will be left to make a significant impact in a way that often goes unnoticed by the public at large.

I can completely see why that might not be appealing...

Brianna Zaleski 7 years, 5 months ago

We are arguing symantics here, but I didn't say that you had to be an "expert" in athletics in order to be a good AD hire, however, in contrast to KGphoto, I think you need some knowledge of and/or experience in athletics. I mean the title of the position is Athletics Director and you will be hiring coaches of athletes, so....

In regards to the KU AD job being a coveted one. It most certainly is. We are a national brand. You can go anywhere in the country and run into Jayhawk fans. Our football team is not any good, but it never really has been so nothing has changed there. Our Men's basketball team competes for the championship year in and year out. We are home to the father of basketball itself, the home to the father of basketball coaching and we just acquired the original rules of the game which is widely considered one of the coolest pieces of memoribilia out there. As far as the ticket scandal goes, you are giving too much credit to those 5 or 6 people who defrauded our school. Most people couldn't tell you the details of this incident. I'm not saying its not a black eye because it is, but not to the national degree that you are giving it.

All this being said, KU is definitely a top AD job in the country. Is it on the level of Notre Dame or USC or Texas, no, but it is definitely the next tier. So to say that you have a top 20 (at least) college AD job opening, w/ an annual salary probably topping 1 mil, I think that is a coveted position. The real question is, would you turn down the job?

Sam Constance 7 years, 5 months ago

For the record, I'm not saying an AD doesn't need some athletics experience. I'm saying that you don't really need much (if any) experience in athletics to be qualified to HIRE an AD.

I think KGphoto was taking exception to the idea that BGL isn't qualified to hire our next AD because she has no athletics background.

Regarding the KU AD job, I think you have a hard time drawing a line between what a FAN covets and what an AD covets. Sure, the fact that KU basketball is a national brand is appealing to some degree. It certainly makes fundraising easier when you have such a easy fallback incentive. Of course, the flip side of that is that KU isn't very diversified when it comes to athletic fundraising ability, and no AD is ever going to get credit for earning money on the back of KU basketball success.

Furthermore, I don't think the fact that Phog Allen coached here, or the fact that Naismith coached here, or the fact that we have the original rules of basketball means a damn thing to potential AD hires. To them, it's a job, and everything else is fluff.

Perhaps this is more semantics, but when I think of the term "coveted", I think of a job that AD's at top-level schools would see as a lateral move and that ADs at any school below us would see it as a no-brainer upwards career move. I guess we'll see by how long this drags out if that's true or not.

As to whether or not I would take the, I wouldn't. But that question is irrelevant because 1) I'm not qualified, and 2) nothing about an AD's job sounds enjoyable to me.

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 5 months ago

You're right. This situation has been handled extremely well.

Jacobpaul81 7 years, 5 months ago

Keegan does it again.

Really dude, give up journalism.

orbiter 7 years, 5 months ago

article summary: Keegan reports something as true. It isn't true. Keegan looks like a fool. Keegan acts indignant.

pro-Keegan comments summary:
It's them high hifalutin blacks' fault.

jayhawk1996 7 years, 5 months ago

+1 It's been a rough couple of years for the folks in the pro-Keegan comments camp.

jaybark 7 years, 5 months ago

Are you seriously trying to insinuate racism of people who think the journalists reporting a story they verified through multiple, reliable and relevant sources did their job as expected? Let's dial it down a bit. Running a little hot there.

Sam Constance 7 years, 5 months ago

"journalists reporting a story they verified through multiple, reliable and relevant sources"

What makes you think they actually did this? The facts would seem to support the notion that "multiple" and "reliable" are both falsehoods...

jaybark 7 years, 5 months ago

I know they did because, if a reporter that isn't an independent blogger - "citizen journalist" as I've heard them describe themselves - they are required by their employer to prove at minimum 3 (used to be 2) reliable sources or be immediately terminated, especially in high-profile scenarios and especially after the Glass scandal. Guessing Mr. Keegan is still employed today.

Steve Corder 7 years, 5 months ago

"THE TRUTH AS SHE SEES IT"? Now we have versions of truth. That's a comfort! "LET'S SAY THERE WERE TWO OFFERS"? Why stop with two? "IN THE INTEREST OF TRANSPARENCY"? I really want to know if KU didn't offer to buy Bubba's home at a high enough price.

This has me identifying with the AFLAC goose walking out of the barber shop after listening to Yogi Berra.


gchawk 7 years, 5 months ago

"Dewey wins", just ask Harry S. Truman. Looks like the press got a little ahead of themselves, again.

thnktwice 7 years, 5 months ago

PEOPLE, WAKE UP!!! Pull your heads out of the sand. Man, I though I was a KU apologist, but some of you on here - wow. This has nothing to do with Keegan reporting it. Tulsa media broke story first anyway. Bubba's friends said he wanted to come to KU. Athletic Department staff were instructed to rearrange furniture for the "new athletic director" for God's sakes. This was all but a done deal. Do not give BGL a free pass here. I'm not demanding her head or anything, but don't just write this of as a media mistake. BGL doesn't seem to have athletics as a priority. Bubba had to drive himself up for Tuesady's meeting with BGL - any repsactable Chancelor or University President would send a plane. I understand plane usage is a delicate subject lately, but it is not cause to overreact in that sense. Bubba was, in many athletic circles, the next big thing. The committee chose him #1. By all accounts this was a good hire and he wanted to come. Something happend once BGL got involved. At least be leary, and concider that she may have screwed it up and may not care enough about athletics and how they affect the image of a University.. Don't just blame the media.

Hank Cross 7 years, 5 months ago

Making him drive is really bush league. If KU made him do that, I'm surprised he didn't turn around at Wichita.

Brianna Zaleski 7 years, 5 months ago


You make good points, but Jesus, mix in a spell check

beerhawk 7 years, 5 months ago

I think the phrase you were looking for Keegan was "Mea Culpa".

Hank Cross 7 years, 5 months ago

How Keegan is able to keep his job and even vote in national polls is a mystery. The guy is an utter buffoon.

caddie733 7 years, 5 months ago

Seriously, everyone defending BGL should read thnktwice's post. She should not be fired, but clearly something happened when she got involved. The search committee took a lot of time choosing Bubba, and things were pretty much a done deal until BGL came into the picture. Also, how present was BGL during conference re-alignment talk? NON-EXISTENT! She was in Europe! I am not saying she is to blame for everything, but it is kind of funny how many people are blindly supporting her.

LAJayhawk 7 years, 5 months ago

Almost as funny as the number of people blindly criticizing her.

Ron Prichard 7 years, 5 months ago

"This has only caused some of the high profile basketball recruits to have second thoughts about coming to KU and it looks like it has effected the football recruits also. We are not sure if some of this (football recruits) is Gill or KU's fault. It has caused bb recruits to look else where."

Huh? Exactly where do you get this from?

Hank Cross 7 years, 5 months ago

Despite Keegan's ineptitude, if BGL was the cause of the problem, this needs to be examined. She utterly failed during the conference realignment last summer. First, you don't let your AD resign in the middle of this, even if he's dying. Second, why wasn't she trying her best to get us into the BE or P10? Even if it would've failed, we could've got some respect at the bargaining table with Bevo.

kureader 7 years, 5 months ago

Keegan, I'm surprised that as you listed the names of people who have "changed their minds", you didn't mention Roy Williams who swore he'd never leave KU for Carolina ... an opportunity lost to stir up some old feelings.

Seems obvious that Tulsa may have had something to do with Cunningham's decision to stay in Tulsa. If you look at his OLD salary and his NEW salary, we'll probably find a clue. That would be a good subject for your next article. People would love to know more about how Cunningham's employment agreement changed.

And, I don't know that anyone DESERVES to know all the reasons that he's staying in Tulsa, though I'm certainly curious too.

Hopefully, we'll announce another good candidate soon ... problem is, the next guy will know that he was our SECOND choice.

kadub6 7 years, 5 months ago

All you need to do is take a look at this slob and you know he's full of it. He's done nothing but speculate and report rumors since before Perkins even left. So what if he's been right a couple of times - even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then!

thekansasboy1987 7 years, 5 months ago


dick_hawk 7 years, 5 months ago

"Bubba" is a racist name associated with the oppressive south of yesteryear. That's why Mario went on a rampage the other night, at least that's the card he's playing.

Varlo52 7 years, 5 months ago

A guess and perhaps a wild one: KU offered for X number of years with a penalty for early quitting. . Bubba wanted a free get-out-of town card if Notre Dame came calling. KU balked. So did Bubba. And don't think ND wouldn't hire a Bubba. They would hire a Gwendolyn if they thought it would bring back football glory.

johnsont1 7 years, 5 months ago

The media may have messed this up, but what do they care? Probably just means they get more traffic online and sell more papers.

actorman 7 years, 5 months ago

"This has only caused some of the high profile basketball recruits to have second thoughts about coming to KU ..."

I echo raprichard in asking where the hell you got this. I can picture it now: a top-10 recruit is thinking about coming to KU but says to himself, "I love Bill Self, Allen Fieldhouse is the best venue in the country and the team is consistently great. I would be playing in front of awesome fans and have a real shot at a national championship. But there's simply no way I can go to a school who got turned down for the athletic director position by a guy named Bubba."

jayhawkinnebr's comment may not be the stupidest of the year -- in fact considering the source, it's not even his stupidest comment -- but it certainly ranks right down there. What an idiot.

Kit Duncan 7 years, 5 months ago

Wow! You people are not only totally off-base with your "Fire Keegan!" comments, but you have no idea what transpired regarding Cunningham's decision to stay at Tulsa.

This from Tulsa World Sportswriter Bill Haisten: "As the Kansas process reached its peak - when Cunningham had to decide whether to stay in Tulsa or move to Lawrence - "he really struggled with it," Upham said. note: (Upham is TU President)

TU would not divulge details of Cunningham's new contract, but Upham says the university did not extend a huge-money offer.

"We don't have real deep pockets," Upham explained. "This is not a great time for large expenditures outside the academic realm. What we did was within our means, and I don't think, quite honestly, the offer that we put together was the deciding thing."

Read more from this Tulsa World article at

The Tulsa Press has been following this story with far more enthusiasm and with no more details than Tom and the LJW staff. They have not gotten any more information from AD Cunningham nor TU President Upham than have the LJW staff from Chancellor Gray-Little. Give Tom a break!

John Percival 7 years, 5 months ago

I'm neither pro or con Keegan, but I have to imagine being a sports reporter was a lot more fun before the internet.

actorman 7 years, 5 months ago

You said, it jayhawk. I wonder if Keegan ever looks at the comments after his articles. I imagine it would be hard not to, but considering the high percentage of nasty comments, it would also be hard to read them. It would be interesting to know how much he looks at them or hears from others about them.

KU_FanSince75 7 years, 5 months ago

Looks like Keegan is pissed----wants to save face with this article. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

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