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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Keegan

Kansas overpaid Bonnie Henrickson

Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson motions to her team during Kansas’ game against Kansas State Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Wildcats defeated the Jayhawks, on senior night, 56-51.

Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson motions to her team during Kansas’ game against Kansas State Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Wildcats defeated the Jayhawks, on senior night, 56-51.

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Your favorite local university not only has the best college basketball coach west of the Mississippi working for it, but for at least one year it also had the most overpaid college basketball coach on its payroll.

The first one’s name is Bill Self, the second Bonnie Henrickson.

It took looking at a tax form, 990, filed by the Kansas University athletic department for the 2009 calendar year (fiscal year 2009-2010) to realize just what a sweet deal former athletic director Lew Perkins bestowed upon Henrickson, aside from football coach Turner Gill his most high-profile hire.

All Henrickson had to do during her first five seasons as coach of the program she inherited from Marian Washington was to avoid serious criminal activity, discreditable conduct and NCAA rules violations to set herself up for a (before-taxes) 2009 payoff in excess of $1.8 million, about $1.3 million of which was for making it through five years without getting fired for cause. Poor performance is not considered cause.

That’s how much faith Perkins had that Henrickson would turn KU’s women’s basketball program into a winner when he signed her in March of 2004.

Seven years later, Bonnie hasn’t taken a single KU team to the NCAA Tournament, never has finished higher than tied for seventh in the Big 12 and never has posted better than a 6-10 conference record.

At Virginia Tech, Henrickson coached the Hokies into five NCAA Tournament appearances in seven seasons. At Kansas, she’s tried hard to match that success. Maybe she’s tried too hard, put too many hours in, studied too much tape, overloading her players with far too much information. They expend so much mental energy trying to remember what they’re supposed to be doing, they don’t have any left to feel the game, to tap their creativity, to improve at a rapid rate.

Perkins has taken heat for many things that happened under his watch, but not for making what will amount to a very expensive mistake in hiring Henrickson, unless she finally turns it around.

Why no heat? First, Herickson’s such a nice person and does so much good for non-basketball, charitable causes, she gets the benefit of the doubt. Second, her team generates so little interest, it’s seldom in the conversation.

Teased too many times by strong nonconference performances, only to be let down in Big 12 play, the fan base understandably has grown suspicious of expecting too much.

In contrast, Henrickson’s expectations never have been higher.

“I think we were two games away (from making the tournament),” Henrickson said. “As young as we were, offensively we made some progress. Defensively, we were worse than when we had less talent. I’m excited about the five freshmen we have coming in. Our recruiting class was ranked 27th, and some of the kids can help us in areas we need help.”

Playing in the Big 12 makes it difficult to win, easier to recruit.

“I’m excited about the kids I’m on the phone with who I can’t talk about,” she said. “Really, really good players. They believe in what we’re doing and think we have a lot to offer. They have great respect for the league we’re in.”

Comments

Todd Simpson 3 years, 3 months ago

I'll agree on the first Bonnie but wtf Bill self is over paid?

100 3 years, 3 months ago

Read the wording. According to Keegan, the best coach west of the Mississippi is Self. The most overpaid west of the Mississippi is Bonnie. With Bonnie getting paid 1.8 million, it's hard to argue.

As for AhperseMyTheseGrapesAreSourToday, he will probably find a way to twist Keegan's words to make this story sound like something different.

A recap: the only part of this story that mentions Bill Self is simply commenting that he's a great coach. That's it.

theajayhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

It is always easy to question in hind sight. When Bonnie was hired, she was a hot commodity and the deal is what she was worth at the time. Hence that is the contract KU signed. Try hiring a coach that is doing well and tell them the contract is conditional upon you winning X and Y. Good luck. No sensible coach in demand would sign such a contract.

In any work situation and in life, you make the best decisions with the information available at the time. I would have given credit to this article if the author could predict it was a bad deal that time.

sevenyearhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

She was recommended by UConn coach Geno Auriemma himself!(2nd only to Pat Summit)

I've been an apologist as much as anybody, but it only proves that Lew Perkins, while an excellent showman, was a questionable judge of talent.

Turner must be the biggest example of that - women's hoops is admitedly only a drop in the athletic budget (but could grow to become self-sustaining)

You CANNOT f' up the football coach ... which, Lew did.

Thanks for nothing, jackhole.

GoHawks1 3 years, 3 months ago

Throw in Turner Gill for good measure. When we hired him did he have a $2mil resume?

ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 3 months ago

Sure would be nice for our ad to step up and put some public expectations on these underperforming over paid coaches!

John Randall 3 years, 3 months ago

Evidently, you missed "Zenger's Zinger" last month, where he addressed the entire athletic department with the message that lack-luster results despite great facilities and resources across all sports was not an acceptable position for the University. He laid down the gauntlet and chastised the programs that left KU sucking hind teat in the conference for overall athletic rankings – like 1-13, 2-15 against Wildcats and Tigers for all sports last year.

Yet to be seen how deep the repercussions may be if this below average performance doesn't improve PDQ.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 3 months ago

Has anyone done/seen a unit price comparison of coaches? How much per W does each coach cost their school?

Jesse?

bradh 3 years, 3 months ago

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chewyman 3 years, 3 months ago

Good call bradh, I remember all to well the whining Marion did when comparing herself to Roy. What a joke she was!

Doug Merrill 3 years, 3 months ago

This would have been a great column in January....writing it now accomplishes nothing more than scaring off recruits, who generally dont love signing up to play for a coach on the firing hot seat. in January this kind of assessment might have undone the apathy and led to her departure.

KUbsee69 3 years, 3 months ago

  1. Just another Keegan "Bonnie Bash". Stop it, just stop it!

  2. Bonnie has avoided criminal action ... if I were her, I'd commit a little buy driving over to the LJW and beating the holy c**p out of Keegan. I'm SURE she could take him.

  3. "West of the Mississippi" ??? Why this modifier. Simple the best.

  4. Keegan ... get a real job ... Pizza Hut is hiring.

hometownhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Bonnie is a joke. A highly motivated chimp would have accomplished more at KU than Bonnie has.

Scott Oswalt 3 years, 3 months ago

+1

If you haven't taken your team to the BIG dance in 7 seasons, your time here is DONE! Lay down the hammer SZ!!!!!

We have one of the best basketball programs in the nation. It's time for the ladies to step up their game. They are an embarrassment to the University of Kansas.

sevenyearhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Coach Self is not the best ... Hell, even that guy at Butler has twice as many Final Fours with a fraction of the talent.

James Horton 3 years, 3 months ago

I'll take -1 Final Four for +1 National Championship.

I have no problem with Brad Stevens, but are you really trying to say that a guy who has been a head coach for three years in one of the weakest conferences in the NCAA is better than Bill Self?

billhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Keep bringing the heat Keegan!

Sometimes I think you're off base, but you are right more often than not. Thanks for not just being a KU Cheerleader-beat writer.

News_to_me 3 years, 3 months ago

It would be interesting to see what Bill could do with these young ladies. Or Danny or Curtis or Joe. I know that men's and women's basketball are different in many ways, so it may not be fair to compare the two. But, either the coaching is not effective or the young ladies aren't responding to it. Whichever it is, the onus has to fall on the head coach and I would have to say that no NCAA tourney appearances in seven years is not a lot of bang for your buck.

chewyman 3 years, 3 months ago

Curtis should stay away from the players. Glad he's on our staff though!

Martin Hanna 3 years, 3 months ago

Hendrickson runs two to four young players off of her teams each year. Her statement of “As young as we were, offensively we made some progress. Defensively, we were worse than when we had less talent. I’m excited about the five freshmen we have coming in." holds no merit.

Hendrickson has been playing the we are too young card since her arrival. Let her ride out her three years and then kick her to the curb.

Jim Williamson 3 years, 3 months ago

There's a helluva women's basketball coach 25 miles west of Lawrence. Ron McHenry ever imagined coaching women's ball and now puts a nationally-ranked top-10 team on the floor at Washburn every single season.

I know: D2 ball is different. But coaching is coaching. And I'd bet you could land Ronny Mac for half of what Bonnie's getting.

Joel Hood 3 years, 3 months ago

Recruiting is way different though. That still seems to be her biggest problem. She has never had a stellar class and many of her top recruits seem to strugge, get injured or both. D2 is much more about coaching than recruiting - go ask Terry Allen.

namder 3 years, 3 months ago

Sheahon should have made a move after this last season. Womens basketball at KU is terrible. She has been at KU long enough to know what we can expect every year.

Jeremy Bolinger 3 years, 3 months ago

Since when is poor performance not a cause for firing? If any regular Joe Schmo continues to fail at the job that he or she was hired to do, they would be terminated. No doubt about it!

Sam Constance 3 years, 3 months ago

It's not "Cause" in the legal sense, at least as it relates to contract employment. The Joe Schmo who can be fired for failing to perform at his job description is typically an annual salaried (or hourly) "At Will" employee. In other words, the employer or employee can terminate the working relationship at any time, for any reason, as long as said reason doesn't conflict with EEO laws.

Contrastingly, basketball coaches (or any sports coach or pro athlete) are usually contract hires, and in those situations, the coach can still be fired for any reason the issuer of the contract deems fit. However, the difference is that if the employee is let go for a reason that isn't specified as a fireable offense in the stipulations of the contract, then that employee is entitled to the full value of their contract. "For Cause" is just meant to illustrate any of those predetermined fireable offenses.

I don't think Hendrickson would have likely agreed to a contract that allowed KU to void her contract for not meeting certain on-court results. Even though it does seem to be a reasonable principle--if you are hired to lead a team to success, you probably don't deserve to keep your job if you can't lead them to said success.

Jeremy Bolinger 3 years, 3 months ago

I was being sarcastic. Sorry, it didnt show, but it was intended. However, it should apply to everyone no matter contract or not.

Viggo3003 3 years, 3 months ago

Hopefully Turner Gill read your post and now he can use that excuse for the next 4 years.

KGphoto 3 years, 3 months ago

Do it Zenger! I can't stand one more season. I can't see why you couldn't get any coach available to come and coach in AFH. The facilities and tradition are the best in the country. Quit wasting them on a proven loser.

Sorry Bonnie. I'm sure you're a nice lady, but honestly, even you must understand your job performance has been very poor for 7 straight years. Show me some of that off-court integrity Keegs was talking about and quit stealing from our athletic program.

dylans 3 years, 3 months ago

There is no womans b-ball tradition at AFH.

Kevin Crook 3 years, 3 months ago

Generally people just don't care about women's athletics. She has quietly run a mediocre program. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Women's sports are for mostly just family to watch, and for women to get scholarships. I wish her well, but do I really care if they are bad?

ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 3 months ago

The sickest part of this is you have alum that are made to donate money to KUAC before they can purchase tickets/parking passes. And they do it because they love ku and the memories associated with it while growing up and want to pass those feelings on to their kids. Yet this is how they repay us! Last place coaches making 2 mill per while teachers, nurses, etc are told to pay up if you want to park outside of the stadium to tailgate or a decent seat at AFH.

To me the money these coaches are making and the product they are putting out is way more concerning than a handful of employees stealing tickets and selling them.

gchawk 3 years, 3 months ago

One of the first times I've totally agreed with what you've said. As geezer, and geezeret, alums, my wife and I do love KU, but this kind of gross overpayment is rediculous.

gchawk 3 years, 3 months ago

How about changing the pay based on a percentage of the revenue they generate? I wouldn't even mind if Bonnie was paid 100 % of all revenue generated by her program. I know very few businesses that continue to pay salaries, let alone bonuses, based on non performance. This is absurd.

kureader 3 years, 3 months ago

Keegan's habitual criticisms of everything KU occasionally hold water. This is one of those times.

But, it's not just Henrickson that's overpaid. (And, we can hardly blame her for her own compensation). This began much earlier when Marion Washington saw the opportunity to play the female/race card and whine about her compensation in relation to Roy Williams. She intimidated the KU AD, and he folded. (Of course, to avoid the potential for negative publicity and legal costs, I might have folded too.)

The problem worsened, consideratly, during Lew's time. Gill is perhaps the best example ... again, not Gill's fault. Perkins, himself, is another example.

And it's not just compensation during Lew's tenure, but the size of the staff. Though, the number of athletic administration managers and assistant AD's have been reduced, (since so many of them are in prison), there was a time when you'd have to take your shoes off to count the number of assistant AD's at KU, making $100k plus!

Having "piled on" with Keegan, it's also fair to say that Zenger can't just change the salary sale for NCAA staff and coaches. Except for Gill's overall compensation arrangement, which is clearly rediculous for a coach with his career record and experience, the salary scale for NCAA coaches and staff is what it is.

The more bothersome thing for me and other contributors is that we continue to pay coaches AND staff (like Perkins) for NOT WORKING. We paid Mangino, we paid Perkins, and if Gill has a couple more poor seasons, we'll be paying him ... not to coach at KU. We've paid 5 or 6 million dollars in the last two years to a couple of guys to NOT work at KU. That's rediculous.

Yeah, Keegan, you're probably right this time. Hendrickson is overpaid ... but, that's not the worst of it. And, Zenger will have to pay the next KU woman's basketball coach just as much, or more.

Damn, this post was too long ... starting to look like Jaybate. Sorry for the rant.

KGphoto 3 years, 3 months ago

Dear Zenger,

Could you see if you can hire a coach that doesn't get her hair done at the women's basketball coach hair salon and suit shop? Unless it's Pat Summit, then I could probably get used to it. But as a yearly loser, I get so tired of those dacron suits, disco collars, swashbuckler cuffs and Lego hair.

I realize that's a personal jab, but at this point I'll do what it takes, and since I feel like Bonnie is stealing from us all, I'm gonna be that guy. Honestly though, for their own sake, I'm hoping that every one of those women coaches reads this. You look ridiculous! Pat Summit gets a pass for obvious reasons, but she is the worst offender, and quite possibly the very reason it's so popular. Pat looks like a walking advertisement for 1970's polyester drapes. It's clowny. But hey, she wins titles. She's okay.

So let's make sure I'm clear about the Dream Coach priorities. First hire a winner, and then secondly, see if you can get one with a style that hasn't been pre-formed by the Lego costuming division. A guy would be good in that respect. I've never seen a guy coach, walking around like it's "Canned Hair Office Disco Party Day".

Thanks in advance for any consideration,

KG

ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 3 months ago

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KGphoto 3 years, 3 months ago

Walking a fine line with LJW. I remember they don't like Bruce Jenner jokes.

ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 3 months ago

Whatever do you mean? I didn't post with "harm or malice" in mind. If people draw some sort of weird parallel then that's on them. I just thought a picture of Bruce Jenner was what everybody needed to cheer them up ;)

KGphoto 3 years, 3 months ago

Wow! LMFAO!! They got you again. I'm not sure why they keep getting you. My post was far more offensive, and then I even said Bruce Jenner, and they still went after you. Maybe TG requested it's removal, due to your mutual respect of one another.

Migady 3 years, 3 months ago

Any women's coach making six figures or more is overpaid.

TheGiftedOne 3 years, 3 months ago

Wow Tom....I wrote this column two days ago when commenting on the last WBB story, happy Tom decided to make most of the points I made in that post and take credit. Another sub par performance Tom...but thanks for the ego boost tho.

Ben Kane 3 years, 3 months ago

AAARRGGHH!! I can't support that stuff when they start it off by saying they stole the idea from a UK fan.

wakeupcall 3 years, 3 months ago

"Henrickson’s such a nice person?" Looks can be deceiving just like if you only paid attention to what came out of her mouth in press conferences you would think she invented the game; however, applying that knowledge to the court leaves much to be desired. It's the same for this nice person persona. Bonnie gives great soundbites and participates in the right charity events; however, if you actually went out and managed to get honest feedback about her I think you would be surprised by what you hear. But I tell you what I am impressed with Bonnie's contract terms (clothes and hair - not so much). To get paid to not work. It's Genius!

Lisa Rasor 3 years, 3 months ago

Sure are a lot of haters out there.

How many of you actually attend women's basketball games? How many of you buy season tickets to women's basketball games?

People seem willing to support the men's team through the lean seasons, of which there have been plenty. Let's do the same for our women's team.

Keegan, you're as bad as Woodling. How about the LJW assigning someone to WBB who actually enjoys it? And when the women's team wins, how about instead of an eighth below the fold, you give them the same space you give the men's team when they win. When both teams play and win on the same day, how about an equal amount of space allocated by the LJW to report on both games?

beatnik, you say you liked "Marion" better. Then learn to spell her name: it's Marian.

Migady, what an incredibly sexist comment. It borders on misogyny.

Sam Constance 3 years, 3 months ago

Not to risk being labeled a misogynist, but you seem to be in need of a reality check.

The simple truth is that women's basketball doesn't generate near the attention or revenue that men's basketball does. Frankly, a lot of things don't generate the kind of interest and revenue that KU basketball does, including every single sport at KU except for football.

p>KUsports.com is an entertainment website and a business. They place articles based on what they feel is of greatest value to the audience and therefore the greatest potential to help them generate revenue. As long as women's basketball is getting coverage (which it is), then I don't think your complaint is a valid one. The people who are interested in WBB will know how to find the articles about it, and if you were to place a headline about WBB at the top of the Home page, the people who aren't interested would just leave the page immediately to find the stuff they are interested in. I don't think me recognizing this makes me a sexist, but I could be wrong.

As far as Migady's comment, I cannot peer inside that person's head to know what they were thinking. Given that he says "all" women's coaches, you might be onto something. However, it is worth noting that the majority of women's basketball programs don't generate the kind of revenue necessary to justify a 6-figure salary. The same is true of a number of other sports--male and female.

Something worth noting--Roy Williams base salary at UNC this past year was $1.5 million. Granted, his salary is bolstered by non-salary revenue for things like speaking engagements, camps, etc... but it really does put in perspective how absurdly high Hendrickson's salary is for someone who hasn't even made the NCAA tournament in 7 years.

Lisa Rasor 3 years, 3 months ago

marchphog88,

I was talking about stories in the print edition of the LJW, not the website. But given the rate at which print newspapers are going under, that complaint may soon become moot.

I think most Div. 1 coaches are overpaid, but those salaries are a direct reflection of our cultural values, not the characters of the individual coaches.

The nasty tone in many of the comments about Bonnie is troubling, and yes, misogynistic.

I'm disappointed the KU women's team hasn't done better in recent years, too, but I will continue to support them.

squawkhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Most coaches get 3, maybe 4 years to turn a program around. Bonnie has had 7 years and the program was decent when she arrived. I call this floating under the radar for 7 years. Bonnie has had plenty of time to prove herself and she simple has not done that. She must go!

nuleafjhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

I don't know Bonnie Henrickson and I'm a little ashamed to admit that I almost completely ignore the KU women's basketball team, but I did enjoy watching them in the Women's NIT Championship game a couple of years ago. If I recall, tickets were about $10 bucks and the place was packed and loud. It wasn't a sellout, but it seems like it did set some sort of attendance record for a NIT Championship game (?). I may have dreamed that part up.

The problem is the same for them as it is for most athletic programs though. Good coaches = good recruits = fans in the stands.

kureader 3 years, 3 months ago

"Good coach = good recruits = fans in the stands"

Yeah ... And, in that order.

TheGiftedOne 3 years, 3 months ago

It sucks that the admin/coaching staff can't get this group to mesh because there is so much talent on the team right now. I understnad that no one wants to follow the team but imo the JW does a terrible job covering the team so ill try my best to get everyone informed for next year.

Projected Starting Five: PG- Angel Goodrich, JR. -Strengths: Floor general, great a/to ratio, and is one of the more clutch players on the team in big games/situations. -Weaknesses: Lacks size and has trouble handling intense defensive pressure.

SG- Keena Mays, So. -Strengths: Streaky shooter/scorer, very athletic, has the raw physical talent to potentially excel in the Big 12. -Weakness: Focus, decision making, staying the play after making mistakes.

SF- Monica Engelman, Jr. -Strengths: Outside shooting, sprinting speed, and competitive streak/ability to make tough shots in big situations -Weaknesses: Streaky, lacks lock down defensive ability

PF- Tania Jackson, Jr. -Strengths: Outside shot, energy level when into the game -Weaknesses: Doesn't really fill it up on the box score, loses energy when struggling and misses layups.

C- Carolyn Davis, Jr. -Strengths: Finishing ability around the rim, ability to score in bunches -Weaknesses: Defense, Rebounding, Free Throw shooting, and physicality.

Bench: -Aishah Sutherland, Sr- Still waiting for the freak athlete to come through for an entire season. Against weaker competition has the ability to dominate the boards and fill up the stat sheet but appears to get frustrated when Big XII play starts. -CeCe Harper, So- Is the only returner from last years frosh class along with Guard Keena Mays. Has superior athletic ability and clean quick jump shot. Started out strong last year before fading with little to no PT late in the year. -Asia Boyd, Fr- The highest ranked recruit to sign since Goodrich comes to Lawrence from Detroit. Has legit size and athletic ability to contribute right away at the wing. -Bunny Williams, Fr- Also has Big XII athletic ability from day one...will fight for playing time in the post. -Natalie Knight, Fr- PG prospect should compete for playing time...out of Olathe South so its good to get the best prospect from KS. -Donielle Breaux, Fr- Freak athlete...has explosive leaping ability on the wing. -Chelsea Gardner, Fr- Project big girl from Texas...similar to Carolyn Davis.

yovoy 3 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Gifted. Your report is useful. I used to go, and your report has me thinking I'm going to start going to watch some games. I don't know whether to agree with the sentiment of this article or not. I believe that it shows very poor timing if not poor form.

Coach Washington was a nice lady but toward the end of her tenure the game seemed to have passed her by a little bit. She had some decent teams and had some pretty decent players. My daughter and I would see her at the store and she was very encouraging toward my kid. She didn't even really have to speak. She told us to come out and watch the ladies. We hadn't been for a couple of years so we went when they played Texas Tech. Her players walked off the floorbat half-time instead of showing any hustle, and my daughter got pretty animated about their body language and lack of hustle: she was 7 at the time. She didn't seem to want to be exposed to that any more than I did so we left. I haven't been back since.

Will somebody that has been going to games for a long time tell me that Coach Bonnie's girl "show" better? I know the matter at hand is that she is overpaid, but I don't think any one of the cubicle jockies on here would turn down a raise that paid them more than they are really worth to the company.

TheGiftedOne 3 years, 3 months ago

certain players definitely show well...Carolyn was first team all big XII this year and effort is never a question for Angel and Monica. I was not impressed with last years freshman class in terms of body language but its sure to improve with maturity. They are still a fun team to watch...ill give them another chance this year.

Ray March 3 years, 3 months ago

nobody cares about women's basketball. we should just hire an old retired high school gym coach who will take $30,000 to do the job.

the result would be the same as now: nobody will care. the team won't make the tournament. everyone will go on with their day and wait for the next men's bball game.

even if the women's team were to make the tournament or go on a run, it wouldn't be a big deal to be honest. it would be more of a footnote, like when the bowling team won the national championship. we still would wait for the next men's game. :)

TheGiftedOne 3 years, 3 months ago

I completely disagree...WBB is one of the fastest growing and most popular college sports...there is more coverage and better analysis of the sport than ever before...some schools fill their gyms for the WBB game (OU, ND, and A&M). I agree that it is no where near MBB but it has the potential to be a money maker if we ever got good. People in Lawrence have nothing better to do in January---why not go see a good talented team play? You cant just write off the whole program, no one cares at KU because the team has always failed to meet expectations.

sevenyearhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Proof that KU really isn't a "basketball school" just a bunch of front running fans.

North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, hell even UConn support BOTH their programs.

Kansas just has Yankee fans in red & blue instead of pinstripes.

Disgusting.

TheGiftedOne 3 years, 3 months ago

Overall the team showed alot of promise last year before playing through a devastating January. With the Big XII losing Colorado and Nebraska, KU loses four wins from last years total of seven including one in the Big XII tourney. Under Hendrickson the Jayhawks have really struggled on the road and against the Big 12 south in general. Those two things need to be improved before this staff can get the girls back to the tourney. Like I have said in multiple posts and in the content above...the talent is here for Kansas. Imagine if Turner Gill looks up in seven years and he has not gone to a bowl yet...the same standards need to be held against the womens program because the staff brings in serious money and all the resources available to win. New facilities, the funds to travel and recruit all year, and the power to hire new assistants multiple times to switch things up. The excuses are over...if Bonnie truly knows basketball its time to prove now or never.

Geekinout 3 years, 3 months ago

I thought college athletics is a business? KU women's basketball doesn't even fill the first 7 rows of the field house. That's money that could've been used on rebuilding our shoddy football program. Because of Title Nine, I say KU pumps more money into gymnastics, swimming/diving, and pioneers the first college women's wrestling team.

squawkhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

What business loses money (every game) yet continues to exist year after year? KU WBB, that's what business.

Jaminrawk 3 years, 3 months ago

So she made more than Jim Boeheim did at Syracuse last year. Awesome.

shottybotch 3 years, 3 months ago

Im not sure how much Keegan gets paid but I imagine its too much

squawkhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

At this rate KU athletics will soon bankrupt KU!

nuleafjhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Not if you have the "right" people in the ticket sales office..............

Migady 3 years, 3 months ago

Women's sports (Generally) do not generate money for a university and with Title 9, Women's sports actually drain money from an Athletic Department. Just because they coach the same sport (This can be argued) doesn't mean Women coaches deserve the same salary as Men. Look at the numbers and make a business decision. Because it is logical, does not make it sexist. It is as cheap as winning an argument by calling someone a racist.

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