Monthly Archives: June 2010

Perkins to retire in September 2011

Lew Perkins, Kansas’ athletic director since 2003, will retire after the 2010-11 school year, the university said in a news release this afternoon.

Perkins, 64, has recently been embroiled in some controversy over a federal probe over illegal ticket sales by five former KU athletic department employees and an alleged blackmail scheme against Perkins by a former department employee. A KU investigation reported no wrongdoing Wednesday by Perkins.

“I have loved my time here at the University of Kansas and I will continue leading Kansas Athletics over the course of the next year,” Perkins said in a statement.

“At this time, my greatest priority is working on conference alignment issues, and as I’ve committed to the Chancellor, I will work tirelessly on these efforts. Conference alignment is the biggest challenge we have before us as an athletics department and an institution.”

Darrell Stuckey named Big 12 men’s sportsperson of year

Well, the Big 12 does still exist. And the conference was nice enough on Thursday to honor former KU safety Darrell Stuckey with its male Sportsperson of the Year award.

The Sportspersons of the Year award was started in 2000-01 to annually recognize student-athletes who displayed an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship and/or community service during the academic year. Stuckey, a Kansas City, Kan., native, was selected by a media panel, and he has been nominated for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award.

Stuckey was drafted in the fourth round of April’s NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers.

Three KU players injured in one pickup game

College basketball players play pickup games almost every day during their offseason. It’s as routine as lifting weights, bulking up on carbs and taking afternoon naps.

So for three Kansas players to sustain minor injuries in one pickup game, which occurred Wednesday during Bill Self’s basketball camp, is pretty astonishing stuff.

Here is the rundown, provided by KU in an e-mail:

* Marcus Morris has a bruised back (out for a couple days).

* Thomas Robinson has a broken nose from running into Markieff Morris (can have no contact for a week but will still be able to work out).

* Markieff Morris needed three stitches in his mouth from running into Robinson.

Freshmen Josh Selby (broken pinkie) and Royce Woolridge (tweaked knee, could have played if it were a regular-season game) did not participate.