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Here's a piece of information that — like most pieces of information that have surfaced during Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins' search for a new head football coach — may or may not be of any kind of consequence: Perkins spent Wednesday night taking in the Connecticut-Kentucky men's basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

(NOTE: Apparently, he was sitting near Miami Heat president Pat Riley and actor Michael Douglas, which I think is funny for some reason.)

Now, this is not exactly earth-shattering news. Perkins has been known to show up in some random places (a well-exposed suite at the Super Bowl two years ago, for instance), and it's no secret that Perkins was already in NYC this week, accompanying KU quarterback Todd Reesing to the National Football Foundation awards dinner in NYC on Tuesday. There, he was expected to make some headway in his coaching search, as the function annually draws some of the biggest names in college football.

What's interesting, however, is that he was at a Connecticut game.

Rumors and speculation tell us that Perkins, the former athletic director at UCONN, is interested in Huskies football coach Randy Edsall, who has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Notre Dame job.

It was unclear whether Edsall was at Wednesday's game.

Anyway, maybe that's something. Or maybe it's nothing. I don't know. I'm not Columbo.

Comments

waywardJay 12 years, 5 months ago

INteresting that Lew's probably the youngest of the three and has the least amount of Hair....

If you saw last night's game.... Indiana versus Pittsburgh you would have seen that Jim Harbaugh was there.... which isn't to say Jim Harbaugh was there meeting Lew Perkins..... but an amazing coincidence, don't you think..... especially considering Jijm Harbaugh was a former basketball player ALSO......

woodhawk 12 years, 5 months ago

Whatever it is, it's more than Turner Gill's daughter having a job at KUAD. THAT was a joke.

mahkmood 12 years, 5 months ago

Dugan, I'd really like to see an updated profile pic for your By Line. I think this pic will be perfect for you: http://hollywoodroaster.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/tmz.jpg

Despite the large amount of criticism for the lackluster info on the Coach Search Blog, I like having a place to hear the latest rumors and humor. Good work Dugan.

MNHawk23 12 years, 5 months ago

id say its probably just because it was a great basketball game and he happened to be the AD at one of the schools for so many years. i really doubt that means anything about edsall. but im not going to complain about the article like some people do after every article written. its free and its somewhat interesting information

Robert Howard 12 years, 5 months ago

According to Footballcoachscoop, "Our sources have confirmed that Athletic Director Lew Perkins and Jim Harbaugh (Stanford Head Coach) had a meeting Wednesday night in New York."

Interesting indeed. I truly hope that Harbaugh is still in the mix...

Jonathan Allison 12 years, 5 months ago

I like to think that our AD wouldn't be doing his football coach recruiting at a basketball tournament.

kureader 12 years, 5 months ago

mahkmood, that was a good photo of Dugan. Good humor.

d_prowess 12 years, 5 months ago

I don't think his presence at the game relates in any way to our coaching search, but I do like knowing where Lew is at these days. So while this means nothing concerning our actual coaching search, it does mean he is still in NYC where all the coaches are! And it also means, we might be a day away still from any possible news conference announcement... Damn...

KUbsee69 12 years, 5 months ago

Maybe he was there to interview Michael Douglass as our next coach. Nope ... doesn't know anything about FB coaching, but getting Katherine Zeta to move to Larryville would be quite a coup :)

escaped_labrat 12 years, 5 months ago

"Four Big 12 schools were honored by the American Football Coaches Association for graduating 75 percent of their football student-athletes in 2009.

Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma State were among the 41 teams named by the AFCA."

http://espn.go.com/blog/big12/post/_/id/8232/four-big-12-schools-receive-afca-academic-achievement-award

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