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Athletic corporations need more transparency

princerThe athletic corporations at the state's big universities have long lacked transparency. The Kansas Legislature had to pass the "Lew Perkins law" in 2005 — named after the University of Kansas' athletic director — to force them to disclose compensation agreements. But Kansas State University's athletic corporation was so secretive that even K-State's president and attorneys didn't know about an agreement to pay former football coach Ron Prince (in photo) an additional $3.2 million to buy out his contract. K-State is suing to break the agreement, and it forced former athletic director Bob Krause, who made the deal, to resign from his current position at the university. But K-State, KU and Wichita State University need to make their athletic corporations more transparent. The combination of big budgets and little public scrutiny invites problems.