Perkins Confident About Future of Big 12 Conference

June 4, 2010

University of Kansas Athletics Director Lew Perkins issued the following statement Friday at the conclusion of the Big 12 Conference meeting:

“Based on a considerable amount of work by Commissioner Dan Beebe and others, I am very encouraged as these meetings end about the strength and viability of the Big 12 Conference.

“I respect the candidness of everyone who attended these meetings. We engaged cooperatively in a positive manner to work toward the goal that I think everyone wants, and I can say that I feel very good about the future of the Big 12. We at Kansas Athletics know that the Big 12 is one of the best conferences in the country, and we are confident about its future. I appreciate all of those at KU who have worked very hard to keep the Big 12 at the forefront of intercollegiate athletics. We all must stay patient and let this process take its course, but at the end of the day I am convinced that the Big 12 will remain, as it is today, a national leader.”

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little added: “Lew has kept me informed as these meetings progressed. I share his optimism about the Big 12 and look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure a strong future for the conference.”

Commissioner Beebe held a news conference Friday after the meetings. You can see his comments at http://www.big12sports.com.