While expensive trips on private jets and pimped out rides are usually reserved for rap songs, they also apparently have a place in the Kansas University athletic department. A recent article from the Kansas City Star documents the lavish travel itineraries of Jayhawk AD Lew Perkins, who apparently has ran up a high bill when travelling to far away places such as Columbia, Missouri and Lincoln, Nebraska. Both locations are less than 200 miles from the KU campus in Lawrence.
According to the article, which can be seen here, while the Jayhawk team took a bus to Columbia for last Febraury’s match up, Perkins flew in a private, executive-style jet for $1,983. Not to mention another $380 for ground transportation. Ground transportation to get around in a town of 100,000, mind you.
Perkins, who made $4.4 million in 2009, spent that calendar year running a tab of over 100 grand in private flights, as opposed to flying commercially, which would have resulted in a fraction of the expenses, even if he went first class.
When asked why the Hollywood-like travel, as opposed to standard commercial flights, Perkins gave the following answer: “Please understand: I don’t look at it as a luxury. It’s just a convenience.”
Do I really care about the spending habits of some old geezer who works for Kansas University? Not really, but it goes to show the money swirling around a “prestigious” college athletics program, and the rampant abuse that goes on. If Perkins is running up a tab like Pac-Man Jones in the strip club without consequence, it seems to me that this sort of practice proably happens in other places.
The article goes on to point out that two other university ADs in the area (Mizzou and Kansas State) had expense reports that were much lower than Perkins’ Washington DC-esque budgets.
The Star has yet to investigate whether some of Perkins’ expenses may have went into the pockets of KU basketball recruits Xavier Henry or Josh Selby.
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