How would you grade Lew Perkins' tenure at KU Athletics?

A 26% 1431 votes

B 31% 1719 votes

C 15% 824 votes

D 12% 681 votes

F 14% 779 votes

5434 total votes


KSA_21_3503 11 years, 10 months ago

He had an A until November 2009. The Mangino investigation has hurt this university more than anyone seems to realize.

ku_foaf 11 years, 10 months ago

I agree, 100%. That was when things really went bad, and it never stopped.

Machawk 11 years, 10 months ago

It's no wonder Lew is bailing out early after watching Saturday's game and the revelations regarding his exorbitant spending on travel to nearby destinations. The 2 million severance package is obscene.

jhawk1000 11 years, 10 months ago

Should have happened quite awhile ago. Perhaps KU will get back to educating kids instead of paying ADs ridiculous sums.

BigGuyDon 11 years, 10 months ago

He was A until the ticket scandal. B since. Though the Gill ear is off to an inauspicious start, that doesn't make me question the decision to fire Mangino.

slowplay 11 years, 10 months ago

I agree, Mangino had to go. Let's how Gill responds to such an unforgettable debut. Even Michigan gave Rodriguez some support after his humbling beginning ( a loss to Appalachian State).

jhawk23 11 years, 10 months ago

But Michigan's loss was to a team that was 39-6 over three seasons (not to mention a perennially highly ranked I-AA program). What was NDSU coming in with? Something like 5 returning starters from a 3-8 team? Ouch. Apples and oranges.

Jonathan Briles 11 years, 9 months ago

Rodriguez did not lose to App State. That was the season before he got there. He did have a horrible first season, but did not lose to App State.

Dyrk Dugan 11 years, 10 months ago

all of his supposed greatness, was all intangible..and future related. will KU be better off five years from now? of course, but at what cost? the man has no likability or credibility among the rank and file season ticket holder for mens bball and football. sure he was raised a lot of money, but that's because of the points system change. that has nothing to do with the actual success of the major programs while he was here....done with coaches he did NOT hire.

womens' sports at KU across the board are at its worst they've ever been...and the womens bball program, (on a coach he hired), is nowhere near competing for league titles or the NCAA tourney.

he became too arrogant and full of himself in the last couple of years...his spending of the public and donated dollar was outrageous....and the ticket scandal was his baby, no doubt. it had happened right there under his nose, and he had no clue...and worse yet, if he had a clue, he did nothing to stop it.

the buy out money is totally over the top, but if it gets him gone, then by all means....don't let the door hit ya....

hammerhawk 11 years, 10 months ago

The worst athletic director that has been at the University of Kansas since I begin classes there in 1965. I had the belief when he was first hired that he was not what he sold himself as, to school administrators. He appeared to me to be a pompous, arrogant person, who wanted everyone to believe that he had no faults, and that single-handedly he was going to "turn around" the University's athletic program. What a crock!

Unfortunately, many bought his line and his extravagant ways. Flying all over the country in the University airplane like some potentate. He felt he WAS a potentate and let others in his peer group know it.

KU will be better off now that he is gone. Oh yes, before I finish, just look at the Golden Parachute he will be taking with him from the State of Kansas and our favorite University. I wish there was a way to freeze the settlement until his nefarious ways have been fully explored and sorted out.

Hey. I'm not really bitter about the guy, just really glad that he is gone from my alma mater.

John Beck 11 years, 10 months ago

So myopic. You would not like most captains of industry, called CEO's today, either. Listen to the Chancellor and look at the facilities and the trophy case under Lew's watch. Coach Self's comments on how well student athletes have been treated at your alma mater.

jchief40 11 years, 10 months ago

I believe in Turner Gill. Those that know something about college football do to. Donors are getting impatient but I think KU's best years lie directly ahead. Gill's staff is top notch and if the quarterback play improves and we catch balls that hit the hands then I'd say the offensive play calls were darn good. The team was better than I thought but that's no excuse. The defense did good especially looking at the amount of time they spent on the field. I like the direction this team is headed.

KCHawk81 11 years, 10 months ago

50-48 (23-41). (Though I didn't add Mangino's record from this year yet. Has he won any games with his new school?)

Chris Bruning 11 years, 10 months ago

nice, jchief40.....a real jayhawk fan finally speaks like a jayhawk fan should....i've been avoiding for a day or two since the loss saturday cuz some of these fools wanna fire gill and talk about how horrible he is and get him outta here....gets real frustrating....tommy t would have been a nice hire but im confident we hired the right guy and the better coach.....RCJ

Ted Toulouse 11 years, 10 months ago

My definition of The Perkins Era is "best of times, worst of times." Although he didn't hire Self and Mangino, he reaped and capitalized on the moment. Yet his regime has produced the most scandal in KU history. Sounds like a solid C grade to me.

mememe 11 years, 10 months ago

Perkins did what he was hired to do - Hemenway gave him absolute power and he chose to exercise it. He did bring to fruition plans which had been within the athletic department for many years - unfortunately he did not give his predecessor - Dr. Frederick - the credit he deserved. Having left tremendous debt in his wake at his previous schools we can only fear what has been left here - left for Kansans, alumni, fans, students, and staff to clean up. The very good ol' boy system derided from previous administrations has been solidified and enhanced. Who is part of the "inner circle" now?

Brad Avery 11 years, 10 months ago

I gave him an "A." It is time he retired, but he did exactly what KU hired him to do, i.e. vault the athletic program into a competitive position relative to its facilities and resources in the Big 12. In addition, KU won a national championship in basketball and a BCS bowl game in football. You can criticise Lew for the money he spent on himself, Mangino and the ticket scam, but the bottom line is the Kansas athletic program is in a far better position now financially than it was when he began as the athletic director. If the program fields crappy teams, it will having nothing to do with the lack of facilities or run down fieldhouses and stadiums. Just about every sport KU plays has a great venue and top notch practice and conditioning facilities. He has received justified rebuke over his inability or unwillingness to control all that went on in the department under his tenure, but he still deserves our thanks for all the progress.

Chris Bruning 11 years, 10 months ago

very good points doolindalton but still a B+

milehighhawk 11 years, 10 months ago

I want to hear from the 26% who gave him a D or F.

LOL - grow up

CaramelMacchMan 11 years, 9 months ago

"Well it's Aces in my book." "Ohh Aces.. Ace of Diamond I hope." "ohh yes yes Ace of Diamond."

Which movie is this from? (Hint: al pacino )

Tim Bingaman 11 years, 9 months ago

A for Sweet Lew! 2008 was the greatest year in school history! Yeah, he made a few mistakes, but who hasn't. Mangenius sure did...

Thanks for WINNING Sweet Lew!

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