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AD praises tailgating success

September 7, 2001

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Al Bohl talked about UCLA, gender equity, tailgating, scholarship dinners and Jayhawk pride to the Lawrence Kiwanis Club Thursday.

But one issue the Kansas University athletics director didn't touch on was the ongoing investigation into possible embezzlement at the KU Athletic Corp.

"We're doing everything we can to move forward," he said after the speech. "We're just forging ahead. I'd say we have a lot of responsible people on campus who can handle this it's being handled outside the athletics department. We're working as fast as we can to get the matter resolved."

KU Public Safety Lt. Schuyler Bailey said his office was continuing to investigate the possible embezzlement. The office has been working with KU auditors on the investigation.

The embezzlement, involving falsified entertainment vouchers, was reported to police Aug. 10, the same day Williams Educational Fund Director Scott McMichael resigned. KU officials have declined to say whether the resignation was linked to the investigation.

Some of Bohl's speech Thursday at the Lawrence Country Club centered on another hot topic at the athletics department tailgating. For the first time in 10 years, fans were allowed before Saturday's football game to openly drink alcohol at Memorial Stadium parking lots.

Bohl said he hadn't heard any complaints about unruly fans during the tailgate party. And although he said "there will be somebody at some point in the future that will do something stupid," he said he didn't think such incidents would ruin the policy for rule-abiding fans.

Tailgaters will have their next opportunity Saturday, when KU plays host to UCLA. Kickoff is at 11:30 a.m.

Bohl said one other policy change is planned for the future. The "no re-entry" rule which keeps fans from leaving Memorial Stadium and then returning to their seats may become less restrictive.

The policy aims to keep fans from drinking at halftime. Bohl said he wanted to find a way to allow fans to return to their cars to retrieve a blanket or let their children play outside the stadium at halftime.

"We'll figure out how to allow people to do that kind of stuff so it works," he said.

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