It's hard to stomach that University of Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins still will be paid about $2 million, even though he retired this week, a year earlier than planned. But it likely is best that KU did what it had to do to move out Perkins. Though he had some impressive accomplishments, particularly in upgrading athletic facilities, Perkins lost credibility in the past year with a ticket-selling scandal and a report of extravagant travel expenses. As Eagle sports columnist Bob Lutz wrote, "Perkins sat on top of a kingdom for a while at KU, but as king he became sloppy and arrogant." He needed to go.