Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins says
he'll retire in September 2011.
The 65-year-old Perkins announced his decision in a statement
released through the school Thursday afternoon.
Perkins' announcement came one day after he was cleared of
accepting free use of gym equipment in exchange for favors.
Perkins says he'll remain on the job through the next academic
year to help guide Kansas through conference realignment as the Big
12 appears to be breaking apart.
In his statement, Perkins says: "I have loved my time here at
the University of Kansas and I will continue leading Kansas
Athletics over the course of the next year."
He also says that for now, "my greatest priority is working on
conference alignment issues, and as I've committed to the
chancellor, I will work tirelessly on these efforts."