The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 27, 2001 · Page 15
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FRIDAY APRIL 27. 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS / C3 BASEBALL/C4 AUTO RACING / C5 T SPORTS JOURNAL HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal Lack of wins in football led to resignation There were smiles, a few jokes and plenty of kudos to go around Thursday morning when Bob Frederick resigned as the athletic director at the University of Kansas. But that was on the surface. Frederick, who has been in charge of KU's athletic department since 1987, didn't want to quit. It's not his style. The 'official' story coming out of Lawrence during Thursday's press conference at — ironically, John (the new interim AD) Hadl Auditorium — said Frederick had been under fire since announcing in late January.that KU would drop men's tennis and swimming following tlie 2000-01 season. But all you have to do is look at the Jayhawks' record, and attendance, in football in the last several years to see where I'm going with this one. Although all of the 18 head coaches at Kansas — not including men's tennis and swimming — will be anxious to see who will be Frederick's replacement, no one will be under the gun more than football coach Terry Allen. Allen had already felt added pressure from the tennis and swimming cuts because that money is now expected to be re-directed to bolster the football program. Now, Allen is feeling responsible for Frederick's resignation. "As a football coach, the realization is that had we been more successful, maybe this wouldn't be transpiring," Allen said after Thursday morning's press conference. There are some big-money alums who wanted Allen fired after last season's disappointing 4-7 season. Frederick didn't do it, so the.word is many of those alums said they would not support the university's upcoming capital fund drive. "Phey told Kansas Chancellor Dr. Robert Hemenway as much aiid apparently Hemenway dropped his support of Frederick a month ago. I guess all this is partly Frederick's fault. After all, he had the nerve to stay by his coach when many wanted Allen fired. Of course, the likelihood of Allen also becoming a future casualty is much greater now than it was 36 hours ago. The quiet, unassuming Frederick was the ultimate professional and a first-class person all the way. While some university presidents and athletic directors long to bathe in the limelight, Frederick quietly did his job behind the scenes even though he held some of the more powerful positions in college athletics. Frederick was a member of the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee (1991-96) and because of his duties, was unable to watch his son Brad help Lawrence High School win the Class 6A state basketball championship. What will Frederick's legacy be? Former athletic director Monte Johnson will be remembered as the person who got Kansas basketball back on the right track with the Larry Brown hire in 1983. But it was Frederick who made the bold decision in 1988 to replace Brown with an unknown assistant coach from North Carolina named Roy Williams. How do you think Williams feels today? Do you still think he'd be at Kansas if he'd known 10 months ago what would take place Thursday? I doubt it. Williams has said on more than one occasion that he turned down North Carolina and stayed at KU because of his players. He also stayed because of his loyalty to Bob Frederick. Wmiams' best friend at KU will no longer be part of the KU athletic program after June 30. Whoever the replacement is has a tough act to follow and some difficult decisions to make. in-1 til..1.1 • COLLEGE ATHLETICS KU's Frederick resigns Stepping down because the job had 'gotten a lot harder,' school's athletic director also under fire for cutting programs By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press LAWRENCE — Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick, who hired basketball coach Roy Williams and then kept him from leaving for North Carolina last season, resigned on Thursday Frederick said he was leaving after 14 years as the Jay- hawks' AD because the job has "gotten a lot harder in the last few years." The 61-year-old Frederick was also under fire after his decision in January to drop men's tennis and swimming. "Sports-talk shows, the Internet, chat rooms — all those things have made it more difficult for head coaches and ADs and even for chancellors," Frederick said at a news conference. "I'm looking forward to being out on the farm and spending more time with my family" Frederick, a widely respected college administrator, ran into mounting criticism with the elimination of men's tennis and swimming. The cost- cutting move triggered outrage among many influential alumni, some of whom even took part in a campus demonstration. Except for Williams' basketball program, most Kansas teams have fallen on hard times. The football team has not had a winning season since 1995. Frederick, who became the school's AD in 1987, helped create the Big 12 Conference in 1996 and was one of two finalists to be the league's first commissioner. He also served as chairman of the NCAA's basketball tournament selec- The Associated Press University of Kansas atliietic director Bob Frederick ta\ks about liis reasons for resigning from liis job during a news conference Tliursday in Lawrence. Fredericl< leaves his position of 14 years to teach full time at the school. tion committee. Frederick oversaw a $35 million renovation of Allen Fieldhouse and Memorial Stadium, which included new locker room facilities and a state-of- the-art press box. To many Kansas fans, his finest achievement was hiring an obscure assistant basketball coach — Williams — in 1989. The winningest Division I coach of the 1990s, Williams was wooed by his alma mater North Carolina last summer and cited loyalty to Frederick as one factor in his decision to stay at Kansas. "I have very mixed emotions at this time," Williams, who stood in the back of the room at the news conference, said. "On one hand, Dr. Frederick is a teacher and an educator and he will continue to use his skills in the classroom. "My other emotion is one of great sadness. Dr. Frederick gave me a chance 13 years ago and I will always be indebted to him. I will never be able to repay him and he will always have my loyalty" Also attending the news conference was chancellor Robert Hemenway. "This is not a firing, a buyout, a request for resignation," Hemenway said. "Bob Frederick has brought integrity and inspirational leadership to the athletic department." Frederick, who has a doctoral degree in education, will have a courtesy appointment to the faculty of the school of education. For more on Bob Frederick's resignation, see our Web site at www.saljournal.com. Coaches: Frederick a man of 'integrity' By BRENT WASKO The Salina Journal LAWRENCE — Bob Frederick began his resignation press conference with a joke, but the grim expression on the faces of those who attended provided for more a somber atmosphere. Frederick met with all of the Kansas head coaches Thursday morning shortly before announcing he was leaving his post as the school's athletics director after 14 years of service. His friends and family members, along with many Jayhawk coaches, packed Hadl Auditorium to hear Frederick describe his excitement about becoming a full-time teacher at the university Kansas men's basketball coach Roy Williams, who has been one of Frederick's biggest supporters over the years, stood in the corner of the auditorium with a look of sadness. Williams said he had mixed emotions about hearing of his boss' resignation. Frederick hired Williams in 1988, when the coach was just an unknown assistant from North Carolina. Williams has since gone on to become one of the winningest active coaches in college basketball. Just last summer, Frederick talked Williams into staying at Kansas after he was offered the position at North Carolina. Williams said Frederick did an excellent job. "I personally think Bob has not gotten the credit he deserves," Williams said. "If you combine the two major revenue-producing sports at KU, his winning percentage in those sports is the best of all the 12 (previous Kansas athletic directors)." Jayhawk baseball coach Bobby Randall agreed with WiUiams, expressing his sorrow after hearing about the resignation. "I think this is a sad day in Kansas athletics," RandaU said. "We've lost a great leader and a man of integrity and vision. KU and all of the coaches and athletes have benefited enormously from his leadership." Football coach Terry AUen said he felt partly responsible for Frederick's decision. "This is obviously a very difficult time," Allen said. "As a football coach, the realization is that, had we been more successful, maybe this wouldn't be transpiring. The thing about Bob Frederick is the guy just drips with integrity I truly hate to see him go." KU's football program has struggled during Allen's tenure, producing just an 18-27 record. Attendance at Memorial stadium also has been a problem in recent years. Those facts have caused some students and alumni to blame the football program for the athletic department's financial problems. Frederick said the football team's performance had no bearing on his decision. "I don't think this was anyone's fault," Frederick said. "I'd be dishonest if I said financial problems didn't play a role in my decision. But even if we filled Memorial Stadium every weekend this fall, there stiU wouldn't be enough money to make a significant dif­ ference." Financial problems at Kansas led Frederick to announce earlier this spring that the men's swimming and tennis programs would be discontinued after this year. Frederick claims he had no choice but to eliminate those particular teams because of Title IX rules. Former Jayhawk swimming coach and current director of student-athlete life Gary Kempf said Frederick will be dearly missed. "I've been here for 29 years and I've worked for a lot of different, athletic directors during that time," Kempf said. "Bob is by far the best person and AD that I've had the opportunity to work with. I think what we'll realize down the road a little bit is reaUy what we've lost. Sometimes making hard decisions was difficult for him because his heart was so big." Chancellor Robert Hemenway, who was also in attendance at Thursday's news conference, said he will start looking for Frederick's successor immediately MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Suzuki sharp in victory Suzuki fires eight shutout innings to sink Devil Rays By The Associated Press ST PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mac Suzuki made it look easy Suzuki threw eight shutout innings and Dee Brown hit his first major league homer as the Kansas City Royals beat the Tam- Devil Rays 6-0 Royals Oevll Rays 0 The Associated Press Royals starter Mac Suzuld stymied Tampa Bay Thursday, throwing eight shutout innings, scattering six hits, striking out four and walking one. pa Bay Thursday "If I can finish, that would be great, but I knew the pitch count was high," Suzuki said. "I'll take it. Eight innings, no runs." Suzuki (2-1) gave up six hits, struck out four and. walked one. He was lifted in the ninth after a two-base error by first baseman Mike Sweeney Jason Grimsley finished up. "We didn't swing the bats well as a team, but he pitched well," Devil Rays manger Hal McRae said. "Sometimes you tip your cap to the pitcher for doing an outstanding job. Suzuki was outstanding." Suzuki had shoulder surgery last October. He threw 107 pitches. "It's not a popular call," Royals manager Tony Muser said of his decision to remove Suzuki. "I know how much pitchers like shutouts. I was thinking heavily about it, but this is as far as he's gone as far as pitch counts. He's got about 25 starts left this season, he had arm surgery this winter Let's go with our heads and not try and stretch him out." Suzuki threw 90 pitches in his start last Friday "He's remarkable," Muser said. "I think the average time of coming back from what he had done to his shoulder is about seven- to-nine months. I think it's a compliment to Mac on how hard he worked. He took real good care of himself in rehab." Brown hit a two-run shot — the Royals' first extra- base hit in the three-game series — to put Kansas City up 2-0 in the fourth inning. He added a run-scoring single during a three-run, sixth. "It took a while. I just told everybody, I just want one," Brown said. Swedes maintain mastery By The Salina Journal ANDOVER — Bethany's quest for a seventh consecutive Kansas Conference golf championship appeared in jeopardy after Wednesday's opening day of the two-day event at Terradyne Country Club. Tied with Tabor after the first day, the Swedes proved Thursday, however, they had no intention of yielding their title. Behind medalist Sven Delin and placing two others in the top 10, Bethany responded in impressive fashion and won the team See SWEDES, Page 03 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavidson@saljournal.com

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