With news that Lew Perkins is set to retire, Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star surveyed the athletic director's significant financial impact upon the University of Kansas.
Perkins took over an athletic department with a $27 million budget. Kansas’ budget last year was $55 million, bolstered by record football attendance the last three seasons.
The school reported more than $80 million in annual revenue from such sources as donations, apparel, conference revenue and broadcast royalties for the year ending in 2009.
The increased revenue has helped Kansas bolster its facilities. New construction included the $31 million Anderson Family Football Complex, the Booth Family Hall of Athletics and several renovations to Allen Fieldhouse.
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