Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Hearing discussed by board


Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins continues to be quiet about the Aug. 13 hearing with the NCAA, at the request of the Committee on Infractions. But he did briefly address the situation Tuesday at the Kansas Athletics, Inc., board meeting.

"It was a long meeting, but it went very well in terms of sharing information and stuff like that," Perkins said, before adding "We have no idea what the outcome will be."

Kansas self-reported violations in 2005 that were finally heard before the NCAA Committee on Infractions earlier this month in Baltimore. The hearing lasted around 61â2 hours.

"It certainly wasn't an antagonistic kind of meeting," Perkins said, before apologizing and saying he couldn't comment further.

KU will learn if the NCAA adds any additional penalties to the ones KU already self-imposed in a few weeks. Football and men's and women's basketball are at risk, as well as the entire department for an allegation of lack of institutional control.

Also discussed at Tuesday's meeting:

¢ Associate athletic director Brandon Macneill said that, as of Tuesday afternoon, football season-ticket sales were up to 28,500. That's 800 more than the previous mark, set in 1969.

"Our renewal rate was excellent," Macneill said, adding it was in the "mid to high" 80 percent range.

¢ Select a Seat for men's basketball took place Tuesday, with many fans at the Booth Family Hall of Athletics throughout the day waiting for their turn.

"It is going very smoothly," Macneill said. "Very few complaints that I personally witnessed."

Macneill said that giving was up 15 percent from last year, meaning that for a person to maintain their position would require a 15 percent greater gift.

Faculty and staff had their select-a-seat day last week. Select-a-seat for donors started Sunday and will last through Thursday.


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