Krause's departure leaves new KSU president filling his job

January, 27, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I always got the feeling that Bob Krause never was really comfortable serving as Kansas State's athletic director.

His performance during the news conference after Ron Prince's firing led me to believe he wished he could have chosen any kind of educational work rather than athletic administration at that time.

Krause will apparently get his wish, returning to a position as the director of development for the school's campus in Olathe -- a Kansas City suburb.  

His announcement of his transition into a new role for the school leaves a vacancy that will dovetail with the retirement of KSU president Jon Wefald, who will be leaving his position at the end of the school year.

Krause's tenure will be marked by two huge decisions that could end up costing the school some hefty dollars. The first came with the extension of Prince's contract last summer. And the other one came with the firing of Prince with three games left in the season last year.

When coupled with the whopping buyout on former athletic director Tim Weiser's contract, it means that Kansas State is on the hook for more than $3 million, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. Even with the large distribution of Big 12 funds, it will still be difficult for one of the conference's traditionally financially-strapped schools to come up with that money from strictly athletic department revenue sources.  

Wefald's tenure has been marked by the celebrated "Miracle in Manhattan," when Bill Snyder arrived in 1989 to turn around the school's struggling football program into a consistent Big Eight, Big 12 and national power. Wefald receives credit for that hire.

But he will also leave his tenure with the albatross of Kansas State's current financial mess in the athletic department as one of his legacies, too.

Snyder will return to coaching football this season, hoping to return magic to his old school.

For Kansas State, a turnaround can't come soon enough.

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