KU Chancellor, A.D. Issue Joint Big 12 Statement

June 15, 2010

University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and A.D. Lew Perkins issued the following statement regarding Tuesday’s announcement regarding institutions’ commitment to the Big 12 Conference.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins:

“The University of Kansas is excited about the bright future of the Big 12 Conference and its

ability to provide long-term strength and vitality for the league and its members. The conference

going forward offers schedule and travel choices that exhibit a concern for the student-athlete, as

well as maintaining the rivalries that mean so much to our fans. This outcome is a result of the

hard work and collaboration of many people, including presidents, chancellors and athletics

directors, as well as Commissioner Dan Beebe and leaders inside and outside Kansas. It was

particularly gratifying to work with our friends at Kansas State, because while we may compete

on the field, we both understand the importance of working together to advance the best the

interests of the State of Kansas.”

Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson:

“This is great news to Kansas universities, student athletes, fans and our entire state. Today we

solidify the future of the Big 12 Conference. In fact, we are in a better position than ever before.

Chancellor Gray-Little, President Schulz and the Kansas Board of Regents provided outstanding

leadership during this process. It was my pleasure to answer their call for assistance, and I

appreciate their continued commitment to the state.”

Regents’ Chair Jill Docking, of Wichita, and Vice Chair Gary Sherrer, of Overland Park:

“We are delighted that an agreement to maintain the Big 12 Conference has been reached.

Although there a variety of details to be ironed out in the coming weeks, the strong commitment

of the ten institutions involved ensure a bright future for the Big 12. The Board certainly

applauds the collaborative efforts of K-State and KU to preserve the Conference. They share an

intense rivalry on the field, which they skillfully re-focused on this successful and cooperative

effort. This outcome is a win-win for our universities, their students and alumni, and the state.”