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Williams Fund head formally resigns; Perkins chooses interim associate director

April 21, 2010, 5:41 p.m. Updated April 21, 2010, 6:55 p.m.

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Rodney Jones has resigned as an assistant athletics director at Kansas Athletics Inc., marking the third person to leave the department as a ticket scandal emerged amid an ongoing federal investigation and led to a continuing internal review.

Jones, an assistant athletics director who held the title of director of the Williams Educational Fund, resigned last week, the department said late Wednesday.

Jim Marchiony, another associate athletics director, declined Wednesday to discuss the circumstances behind Jones’ resignation. Jones, a former manager of the KU ticket office, had been on administrative leave since early March.

“He resigned,” Marchiony said. “That’s all we’re going to say.”

Jones’ departure comes after his boss — Ben Kirtland, associate athletics director for fundraising — resigned April 5. Charlette Blubaugh resigned in February as manager of the ticket office, to take a job at the University of Central Oklahoma; both Blubaugh and Marchiony later said her departure had nothing to do with anything that led to Jones being placed on leave.

KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins has acknowledged illegal activities regarding tickets for events that involve KU athletics teams, but has declined to discuss the circumstances in detail. He also has acknowledged a federal investigation, and the hiring of a Wichita law firm to deal with federal investigators.

As part of an internal review, the department has hired a team of forensic auditors to discover what happened and to recommend changes to policies and procedures to see that such problems could never occur again, Perkins said earlier this month, at an appearance at the Dole Institute. The review covers both the Williams Fund and the ticket office.

Gary Sherrer, vice chairman for the Kansas Board of Regents, said last month that federal investigators would be involved anytime an employee was earning income from the sale of tickets without reporting that income to the IRS.

Perkins announced Wednesday that Angie Storey, a compliance coordinator with Kansas Athletics since 2006, would serve as interim associate director for the Williams Fund. The fund has more than 4,200 members and last year generated about $15 million in contributions for Kansas Athletics.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 12 months ago

Wonder if this is the one they will toss under the bus to try and save some other's scalps? This has the potential to get tragically interesting.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 12 months ago

no it was..." Hangnail Williams".....all time great...

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Kontum1972 3 years, 12 months ago

nailed to the wall in prison...LoL...that will probably occur that first day on the cell block....."Nailed"...LoL!

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mudd 3 years, 12 months ago

Or it means that everybody wants him gone and won't be satisfied until her is. Kinda like JimJones comment about Lew. Seems to me that LJW just did a story about KU conducting 5 internal audits and KU not finding anything that would have flagged the feds. Interesting.

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billybob1 3 years, 12 months ago

Well Rodney's departure means one of two things: 1) KU has decided that there is no benefit to keeping him "on leave", meaning that they are not worried about him implicating others; or, 2) Rodney's indictment is coming sooner rather than later.

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UNIKU 3 years, 12 months ago

How much is the Williams Fund paying you KRich?

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mom_of_three 3 years, 12 months ago

KU has a class on forensic accounting - it's to figure out and prove how the bad guys take the money.

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Brent Cagle 3 years, 12 months ago

FarneyMac- Congrats, you baited the hook and landed a huge catch!

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4everahawk 3 years, 12 months ago

edjayhawk: Meaning of 'forensic' audit....Relating to the use of science or technology in the investigation and establishment of facts or evidence.

A little more involved than just perusing through the files.

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4everahawk 3 years, 12 months ago

Thanks KRichards for the history on the Williams family...

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Keith Richards 3 years, 12 months ago

The need for a student-athlete scholarship program at KU was recognized early at KU. The Outland Club was organized by Dick, Skipper, and Odd Williams in 1949. The Williams Family was responsible for raising more than $2 million for athletic scholarships between 1949 and 1973. In 1973, the Outland Club became known as the Williams Educational Fund to honor the Williams family for its commitment to Kansas Athletics.

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4everahawk 3 years, 12 months ago

FarneyMac: Williams Fund has been in existence for many, many years prior to Roy Williams...it was named honoring the Williams family (of which Odd was one of, I believe, 3 brothers) who were avid supporters and contributors to KU.

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Number_1_Grandma 3 years, 12 months ago

I believe that the Williams Fund was named after Odd Williams and not Roy Williams....

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FarneyMac 3 years, 12 months ago

Maybe now they can get around to changing the name of the Williams Fund. Roy Williams hasn't been at KU for years, and yet his fund still carries his name. Come on KU, get with it!

/waits for a nibble...

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lzjayhawk 3 years, 12 months ago

I owned a business here in Lawrence many years ago and Rodney Jones was an employee of mine. He stole from me then so it's no surprise he's still doing it. I hope he gets nailed to the wall and serves time for this. He is someone who will never learn his lesson and will always be a morally deprived person! Shame on him.........again.

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hbjayhawk 3 years, 12 months ago

Wait until Williams Fund members like myself file a class action lawsuit against KUAC. We have been frauded and although we will ALWAYS support KU athletics, we are going to be awarded punitive damages for KUAC's lack of oversight. Sorry Lew, your the boss, took our money, and defrauded us. See you in court to settle for appropriate restitution and status for purchasing our future seats at all KU athletic functions.

Sincerely, Loyal Williams Fund member who pump scrilla into your pockets.

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jimjones 3 years, 12 months ago

The Athletic Dept. will have no credibility until Perkins is fired. It's just one embarrassment after another under Lew's leadership.

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edjayhawk 3 years, 12 months ago

What in the world is a "forensic auditor"?

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Mary Ellen Hall 3 years, 12 months ago

I don't understand why the stories continue to mention that Mr. Jones was a "former manager of the KU ticket office" when he hasn't held that position for years and one would assume that his leave and resignation were a result of more recent activities. Am I mistaken? I also don't understand the need to bring Ms. Blubaugh into the story when she resigned of her own accord to take a position elsewhere and it's been said in previous articles that she has nothing to do with the ongoing investigation. If I were her, I wouldn't be very happy with my name being linked to this if I had no connection to the illegal activities. Maybe there's something I've missed?

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shadowbox66044 3 years, 12 months ago

hmm... something doesn't smell right..

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