Tulsa official top choice for Kansas athletic director job

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | 11:51 a.m. CST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Associated Press has learned that Tulsa athletic director Bubba Cunningham is the No. 1 candidate to replace Lew Perkins in that position at Kansas.

A person close to the search process said a search committee submitted a short list of finalists to KU chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and ranked them in order of preference. At the top of the list is the 48-year-old Cunningham, who has been athletic director at Tulsa since 2005.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the hiring had not been completed.

Speaking on Tulsa radio station KTBZ-AM on Tuesday night, Cunningham insisted he was still the athletic director at Tulsa. He declined to comment on the Kansas job.

Gray-Little was out of the office Wednesday and not available for comment. Jack Martin, deputy director of university communications, said no announcement was planned.

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