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Statehouse Live: Six hopes KU athletic department probe produces more transparency

June 3, 2010

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Attorney General discusses KU controversy

Kansas Attorney General Steve Six says he hopes more transparency will be the end result of the investigation into the ticket scam at KU. Enlarge video

— Kansas Attorney General Steve Six said Thursday he hopes that controversy swirling around the Kansas University athletic department will result in more transparency in its operations.

“The challenge is you can’t operate like a private business when you have the University of Kansas name, the University of Kansas brand, and student-athletes as the people that are the main product you are producing. It has to be transparent,” Six said.

KU has launched a review of an allegation surrounding KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins’ relationship with a company that provided him exercise equipment. A former athletic department employee claims Perkins got the equipment in exchange for providing premium men’s basketball tickets. Perkins has denied the allegation.

The probe into the transaction comes days after the university disclosed the results of an investigation into an alleged ticket-scalping scam that may have cost KU between $1 million and $3 million. Five athletic department employees and a part-time consultant were involved, the investigation said.

Six, a former judge and graduate of the KU law school, said his office was not involved in any of the investigations and that he had confidence that the incidents will be thoroughly reviewed by KU officials and the Kansas Board of Regents.

“If you are going to use the Kansas name, use some Kansas resources, the taxpayers are entitled to know how that is being run and what is going on,” Six said.

Six’s comments were made to reporters after a campaign event. Six, a Democrat, was appointed attorney general in January 2008, and he is now seeking a full four-year term.

Comments

PugnaciousJayhawk 4 years, 6 months ago

I don't know if there is enough sunshine to clean up KU.

wastewatcher 4 years, 6 months ago

AG SIX can talk big as a candidate, but I have it on good source that when he had a chance to step up two or three years ago, he chose to pass. When presented with information that is exactly on target with his current comments he declined to even have his staff review the documents. But what should we expect from a politicain who has never won an election but opportunism, Six does it in spades.

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