Lew Perkins' stink won't be coming off the University of Kansas any time soon. KU's now former athletic director has a November 16 date with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, which will be the deciders in the mystery of Lew and the $15,000 exercise equipment.
Perkins, in a moment of transparency, asked for the review. Now he's facing a new complaint (Perkins is accused of violating state law in 2005 by receiving physical therapy sessions from the folks in KU's sports medicine department, according to the Star). Back up. An old dude like Perkins needed $15k in exercise equipment? He must be buff under those polo shirts.
The exercise equipment was apparently part of a trade -- in exchange for better seats at KU men's basketball games (like they were going to ask for football tickets). Here's the funny part: the folks who loaned Perkins the equipment didn't get better seats after all.
Perkins later cut a $5,000 person check to cover the equipment.
If Perkins is fined the maximum -- $15,000 -- I'm sure he'll fish it out of his pocket and take care of it on the spot. He is not a poor man.
Perkins retired "effective immediately" last month -- just a few days after Kansas' embarrassing
6-3 loss to North Dakota State.
Perkins' ride into the sunset came as a federal investigation into the illegal sale of KU men's basketball and football tickets (but mostly basketball, we're guessing) besmirched the university.