Sources: Two K-State athletic administrators placed on leave

Kansas State senior athletic administrators Jim Epps and Bob Cavello were placed on administrative leave this afternoon, two sources told The Star.

Details on the length of the leave were not immediately available, and K-State did not release information.

It leaves K-State without two of its top athletic department officials four days after new athletic director John Currie began his work in Manhattan.

The move is the latest in a series of unexpected changes in the athletic department. The changes began in January when then athletic director Bob Krause took a new job as director of the school’s satellite campus in Olathe.

On May 20, it was revealed that Krause and former football coach Ron Prince had agreed to a $3.2-million buyout — in addition to a publicly revealed $1.2 million buyout if Prince was fired after the 2008 season. That second agreement had not been negotiated by K-State lawyers and was, KSU said, a deal only known to that point only by Krause, Prince and Prince’s agent. Krause resigned from his Olathe post after the secret buyout was revealed.

Epps was quoted in a statement May 20 saying he had no knowledge of the second settlement. K-State has filed a lawsuit in Riley County District Court to void the settlement.

Epps, who is the deputy AD, completed his 30th year in the Wildcat athletic department this spring. He is in charge of daily internal operations. He began his K-State career as an academic counselor in 1979, then was promoted to administrative assistant for football in 1982 and special assistant to the head coach in 1987. He was named senior associate AD in 1990.

Cavello, associate AD for business operations, has been at K-State since 1996. He oversees financial, contractual and business operations for the department, as well as overseeing the men’s and women’s golf programs.