Lew Perkins through the years

06/10/2010 12:00 AM

09/07/2010 2:46 PM

Before Wichita State

1967 — Graduates from the University of Iowa, where he played basketball for Ralph Miller.

1969-80 — Athletic director at South Carolina-Aiken.

1975 — Receives his masters of education from the University of South Carolina.

1980-83 — Associate athletic director at Pennsylvania.

At Wichita State

1983

March 1 — Perkins named athletic director at WSU by a six-member search committee. He replaces Ted Bredehoft and inherits a department on NCAA probation in football and men's basketball.

Oct. 12 — Longtime track coach Herm Wilson resigns under pressure after feuding with Perkins.

1984

Jan. 29 — Football coach Willie Jeffries resigns after five seasons to become coach at Howard University. Supporters of Jeffries, Division I's first black head football coach, say he was pressured to resign.

Feb. 5 — For the first time since 1955, WSU and Kansas meet in a regular-season basketball game. KU wins 79-69 in Lawrence.

Feb. 14 — Ron Chismar, a successful assistant coach, signs a four-year contract to become Shocker football coach.

May 12 — Perkins signs a new five-year contract worth $57,000 annually.

1985

April 8 — In an unprecedented move, the NCAA publicly praises WSU for cleaning up its athletic program.

May 2 — Perkins acknowledges he has talked to Arizona State about its AD job. He remains at WSU.

1986

Jan. 6 — After 14 years of not meeting in the regular season, WSU and Kansas State play in men's basketball at Manhattan's Ahearn Field House. K-State wins 77-60.

March 5 — After a 14-14 season, Perkins fires basketball coach Gene Smithson (155-81), who never had a losing season in eight years. Perkins cites declining attendance, community and media apathy and a poor academic record as reasons for the move.

March 22 — Perkins hires North Carolina assistant Eddie Fogler to be basketball coach.

Aug. 7 — Perkins says he is no longer a candidate for the Florida AD's job.

Dec. 2 — WSU announces it is dropping its football program, which began play in 1897.

Dec. 17 — Perkins acknowledges talking to Houston about its vacant AD job.

1987

March 27 — Some WSU boosters produce a "Let's send Lew to SMU" bumper sticker. Southern Methodist had recently been placed on probation in football. Media speculation in Dallas had Perkins as a candidate for the vacancy.

April 14 — Perkins is a finalist for the vacant AD job at Maryland and a candidate at Connecticut.

May 8 — The Maryland Board of Regents approves a recommendation to hire Perkins.

May 14 — Perkins is named AD at Maryland.

After WSU, before Kansas

1987 — WSU associate AD Kevin Weiberg moves to Maryland to work under Perkins again.

1989 — Maryland basketball coach Bob Wade resigns as the NCAA continues to investigate his program. Perkins later hires Maryland alum and Ohio State coach Gary Williams.

1989 — The state of Maryland's Ethics Commission investigates whether the $90,000 second mortgage Perkins arranged through the athletic department's fund-raising arm is permissible. The state's attorney general later clears Perkins of wrongdoing, and Perkins assumes the payments himself.

1990 — Perkins is accused by the brother of a former Terrapins' assistant basketball coach of watching the team with Williams while assistants illegally ran an out-of-season practice. Perkins denies the allegation.

1990 — Maryland basketball is barred from two NCAA Tournaments by the NCAA as punishment for violations under former coach Bob Wade. The NCAA says Perkins failed to properly oversee the program.

1990 — Under financial constraints, Perkins announces Maryland will put a freeze on future varsity scholarships in order to save money.

1990 — Perkins is named AD at Connecticut.

2000 _ UConn announces it will transition from Division I-AA football to I-A and play its first I-A game in 2003. The school builds a 40,000-seat, $90 million stadium.

At Kansas

2003

June 10 _ Perkins, 58, is introduced as KU's athletic director, taking over for the fired Al Bohl. In 13 years at Connecticut, the Huskies won six national championships (four women's basketball, one men's basketball, one men's soccer). Perkins signs a KU contract for six years and $400,000 annually.

June 30 _ A group of basketball season-ticket holders sues KU after being asked to pay $5,000 to the Williams Fund to keep their seats.

July 23 _ Perkins hires Jim Marchiony as associate AD for external affairs; he had a similar job under Perkins at UConn.

Aug. 6 _ Associate AD Richard Konzem resigns, saying Perkins should bring in his own senior management team.

Aug. 15 _ Perkins hires his son-in-law, Brandon McNeill, as the department's strategic planner. Larry Keating is also hired as an associate AD.

Sept. 10 _ Doug Vance, an associate AD, resigns after 20 years in the department.

Sept. 19 _ Doug Lester is hired as associate AD for internal affairs.

Nov. 29 _ KU (6-6) accepts an invitation to the Tangerine Bowl, its first bowl bid since 1995.

Dec. 22 _ North Carolina State defeats KU 56-26 in the Tangerine Bowl.

2004

Jan. 29 _ Marian Washington, KU's women's basketball coach since 1972, cites a health issue in taking a leave of absence. Assistant coach Lynette Woodard is named interim coach.

Jan. 30 _ The World Company, which owns the Lawrence Journal-World and 6News in Lawrence, sues KU after the university refuses to reveal Perkins' employment contract.

Feb. 7 _ Perkins announces a $12 million improvement project to 49-year-old Allen Fieldhouse.

Feb. 27 _ Washington announces her retirement after 31 seasons.

Feb. 28 _ Perkins' plan to institute a priority points system for men's basketball season tickets is approved by Chancellor Bob Hemenway. The system rewards donations and longevity of season tickets held.

March 29 _ Perkins hires Virginia Tech coach Bonnie Henrickson as KU's women's basketball coach.

July 19 _ Perkins receives a 5-percent raise, bringing his salary to $420,000.

July 27 _ In Douglas County District Court, KU lawyers argue pay records are off limits.

Sept. 3 _ Back in court, the media argues pay records fall under the Kansas Open Records Act.

Sept. 20 _ Douglas County District Court judge Jack Murphy rules KU must release Perkins' employment contract.

Sept. 24 _ KU releases Perkins' contract. Most details were already known, but an annual $25,000 bonus and $1.3 million retention agreement to be paid in 2009 were new items.

Oct. 28 _ The Kansas City Chiefs announce the 2005 Kansas home game against Oklahoma will be played at Arrowhead Stadium.

2005

Feb. 3 _ Police announce they are investigating a death threat via e-mail to Perkins from a 20-year-old KU student who did not receive tickets to the Texas and Missouri home basketball games to which he thought he was entitled.

March 24 _ The Kansas House approves the Senate's version of the "Lew Perkins Provision," which makes it law to make public any public employee's total compensation. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signs the bill.

June 27 _ Perkins says his department has hired three former FBI agents to investigate an incident outside a Lawrence bar in which basketball player J.R. Giddens was stabbed in the leg. Giddens eventually transfers to New Mexico.

July 15 _ KU reports football, men's basketball and women's basketball violations to the NCAA, which in turns opens an investigation into violations. The problems range from assistant football coaches helping a player complete correspondence courses to illegal graduation gifts for men's basketball players. Chancellor Bob Hemenway places the department on probation with sanctions that include fewer football and women's basketball scholarships.

Oct. 29 _ Perkins bristles when asked about football coach Mark Mangino's job security. "They say I want to hire a coach? Why are people assuming that?" he says. "Nobody has heard me say I want to make a change, have they? I need somebody to help me. We're 4-4.'' KU beats Nebraska by 25 points the following Saturday, the first victory over the Huskers since 1968.

Dec. 4 _ KU (6-5) accepts an invitation to play in the Fort Worth Bowl.

Dec. 23 _ KU defeats Houston 41-13 in the Fort Worth Bowl.

2006

Feb. 5 _ KU announces plans for a $31 million football facility, including practice fields and offices, that will be located adjacent to Memorial Stadium.

April 21 _ KU releases a letter from the NCAA finding nine major violations, 26 secondary violations and a summary allegation of "a lack of institutional control" from 1997-2003, before Perkins' arrival.

Aug. 13 _ KU officials and coaches sit for eight hours before an NCAA review board in Baltimore, answering questions about the NCAA's findings.

Aug. 31 — KU extends Mangino's contract by two years and increase his salary from $610,000 to $1.5 million, making him the fifth-highest paid coach in the Big 12. Mangino is 19-29 at the time.

Oct. 12 — The NCAA infractions committee puts KU on a three-year probation, a year longer than the sanction the school put on itself. The penalties — no postseason bans, small scholarship reductions — are seen as minor.

Nov. 30 — Basketball coach Bill Self receives a $500,000 raise to $1.6 million and a five-year contract extension.

Dec. 3 — Though eligible for a bowl game, a 6-6 KU football team does not receive an invitation.

2007

Jan. 22 — KU and Missouri announce a deal to play their 2007 and 2008 football games at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Each school will receive $1 million for each game.

May 10 — Women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson receives a two-year extension and raise that increases her total compensation from $380,000 yearly to $635,000.

Nov. 24 — No. 3 Missouri defeats No. 2 KU 36-28 in Arrowhead Stadium to win the Big 12 North.

Dec. 2 — Kansas (11-1) accepts an invitation to play in its first BCS bowl game, the Orange Bowl, against Virginia Tech. Missouri, which defeated KU to win the North but lost in the Big 12 title game, loses out on a BCS bid and contends Perkins lobbied heavily for the BCS to take KU because it would sell more tickets than the required allotment. Perkins and the Big 12 deny the charge.

Dec. 17 — KU announces it has sold its allotment of 17,500 tickets for the Orange Bowl.

2008

Jan. 3 — No. 8 Kansas defeats No. 5 Virginia Tech 24-21 to win the Orange Bowl, ending KU's season at 12-1 and ranked seventh.

April 1 _ Three days after Kansas' basketball team defeats Davidson to reach the NCAA Final Four, coach Bill Self is asked if he's a candidate for the opening at Oklahoma State, his alma mater. He says he's not. "I'm very happy to hear that," said Perkins, who said he and Self would talk about a restructuring of his contract after the Final Four.

April 7 _ Kansas wins its third NCAA basketball championship, beating Memphis 75-68 in overtime.

April 9 _ Self and Perkins meet to talk about restructuring Self's contract, and they agree to meet again the next day. But Self also drives to Johnson County to meet with an old friend, OSU athletic director Mike Holder. "Money never came up," Self said.

April 10 _ Self and Perkins agree on a new contract, though details are not made public. Self also receives a commitment to improve men's basketball facilities.

July 14 _ A federal jury in Lawrence decides that a local merchant illegally infringed on KU's trademark and must pay the university $127,000. The jury found that 25 percent of the 206 shirts the store sold infringed on the KU trademark.

July 15 _ Mangino, 37-36 in five seasons, signs a two-year contract extension and sees his pay raised almost $800,000 annually, to $2.3 million.

Aug. 6 _ Self signs a 10-year, $30 million contract. It's the most money committed to a college basketball coach.

Sept. 17 _ Perkins is voted Time Magazine's "Best Sports Executive in the World" in online voting by readers.

Dec. 17 _ Perkins announces that he has hired Nicole Cocoran, then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' press secretary, as his first chief of staff. She starts in February 2009.

2009

May 29 — The Kansas Board of Regents selects North Carolina provost Bernadette Gray-Little to succeed the retiring Bob Hemenway as KU chancellor.

June 30 _ Perkins receives an additional $750,000 bonus from KU as a retention payment. It stems from him not leaving KU in 2006 when he was being recruited by another athletic department. In all, Perkins will receive $4,485,274.66 for 2009.

Aug. 13 _ Women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson receives a three-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season.

Sept. 2 _ KU announces plans for a new club level atop the east side of Memorial Stadium that would add 3,000 seats. Revenue from seat sales would finance the $34 million project and $40 million to academics.

Sept. 17 _ A Board of Regents audit finds that Perkins is being paid $18,000 by an Overland Park company that also provides merchandise for sports programs. Perkins had noted the fee on a state form. The audit recommends the relationship "be independently evaluated for appropriateness."

Sept. 22 _ Members of KU's football and men's basketball teams get into a skirmish, which includes basketball player Tyshawn Taylor injuring a finger.

Sept. 23 _ Football and basketball players skirmish again, which is followed by a meeting of both teams led by Perkins.

Sept. 26 _ Perkins says he is "embarrassed and very hurt" by the infighting.

Nov. 16 _ Perkins meets with the football team, minus coaches, after an allegation surfaces that linebacker Arist Wright was poked in the chest by Mangino a month earlier during practice. Perkins then meets with Mangino and launches an internal investigation.

Nov. 17 _ Mangino says he has not lost his football team. "Not one bit," Mangino said. "I may have lost some people around here, but it's not the players."

Nov. 28 _ Missouri rallies to beat KU 41-39 at Arrowhead Stadium, ending the Jayhawks' season at 5-7.

Dec. 3 _ Mangino resigns as KU football coach with a 50-48 record and a $3 million settlement to walk away. Perkins does not release the findings of KU's internal investigation.

Dec. 12 _ Media outlets report that University of Buffalo coach Turner Gill, a former Nebraska QB who was 20-30 at Buffalo, will be named KU's next football coach.

Dec. 14 _ Gill is introduced in Lawrence, and his contract is worth $10 million over five years.

Dec. 15 — Big Ten Conference commissioner Jim Delany says the league will explore expansion options over the next 12-18 months. Missouri is mentioned as a possible addition.

2010

March 9 _ Perkins places Rodney Jones, assistant athletic director for the Williams Fund, on administrative leave. Jones previously worked in the KU ticket office.

March 23 _ Perkins does not comment on federal authorities investigating possibly illegal sales of KU men's basketball tickets. The probe appears to focus on whether NCAA Tournament tickets, and perhaps season-ticket packages, have been taken illegally from the university, possibly for years, and sold through outside channels.

April 4 _ Jones resigns his position at KU.

April 5 _ Ben Kirtland, top fund-raiser for Kansas Athletics Inc., resigns.

April 12 _ KU releases Joe-College.com from its $127,000 jury award owed to the school in exchange for a promise that the company will not make, market or sell products licensed by KU or those that could be mistaken for KU products.

April 16 _ Perkins' lawyer tells Lawrence police that Perkins is a victim of a blackmail attempt.

May 26 _ An outside report commissioned by KU finds that five former KU athletic department employees intentionally diverted 17,609 men's basketball tickets and 2,181 football tickets for personal profit over the past five years. Wichita lawyer Jack Focht says the actual number of tickets and money could be much more. Perkins takes responsible, but not for any criminal wrongdoing. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little appears to neither place blame on Perkins or give him a vote of confidence.

May 31 _ Mark Glass says he loaned Perkins fitiness equipment in 2005 so he could perform physical therapy. Former KU director of sports medicine William Dent, who resigned in November 2007, accused Perkins of accepting the equipment in exchange for securing premium men's basketball tickets. Glass said the tickets were obtained the normal way and his seats were not premium.

June 1 — Glass says Perkins wrote a $5,000 check to cover usage of the fitness equipment. He says the money is in a holding account. Gray-Little asks senior staff to review the allegations that Perkins breached KU Athletics' code of business ethics.

June 2-3 _ Perkins reportedly misses two days of Big 12 Conference meetings when he testifies before a federal grand jury looking into allegations of ticket scalping by five former KU athletic department employees.

June 3 — Two Texas media outlets report that the Pac-10 is interested in adding Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado, creating a 16-team conference. With the Big Ten's apparent interest in Missouri and Nebraska, four Big 12 schools — KU, K-State, Iowa State and Baylor — are not being courted by either.

June 7 _ A Kansas City television reporter says Perkins tells her off-camera that if she uses footage of him arguing with her about whether he will be fired, he will not speak to the station's reporters again.

June 9 — A KU investigation finds no wrongdoing by Perkins in allegations that he exchanged personal fitness equipment for preferential men's basketball seating.

June 10 _ On the day the first Big 12 member (Colorado) leaves for another conference, Perkins announces he will retire in September 2011. He is to receive a $600,000 retention bonus if he remains to Sept. 4, 2011.

July 7 _ Former KU assistant director of ticket operations Jason Jeffries and former assistant AD for sales/marketing Brandon Simmons are charged with single federal felony counts in the ticket-skimming scandal.

July 13 _ Perkins' lawyer says his client will not pursue a blackmail charge against Dent.

Aug. 14 _ A Kansas City Star review of travel vouchers shows that Perkins charged about $150,000 in private air travel to the university over a 22-month period ending in July 2010. "In my world, time is very important," Perkins said. "I consider my time very valuable. That's one of the reasons why we have planes, to help us get places quicker."

Sept. 4 _ In its first game under Perkins-hired Turner Gill, the KU football team stumbles through a 6-3 home loss to North Dakota State, a Championship Subdivision team.

Sept. 7 _ In a joint statement, Perkins and Gray-Little announce Perkins' immediate retirement.

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