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Internal review clears KU’s Perkins of wrongdoing

June 9, 2010, 7:12 p.m. Updated June 9, 2010, 8:40 p.m.

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A Kansas University internal review of a former employee’s claims against Athletics Director Lew Perkins has found “no evidence” to substantiate them.

The results of the review focused on three claims made by former Kansas Athletics employee William Dent in an article published in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

KU officials found no evidence to support Dent’s claims of an exchange of exercise equipment for preferential seating, drug-testing irregularities or ineligible student-athletes.

The reviewers, vice provost Mary Lee Hummert and human resources program director Allen Humphrey, talked with Dent, a former Kansas Athletics employee who resigned in 2007, at length, according to a KU release.

The review determined he refused to provide specific information with respect to an allegation of drug-testing policy irregularities or the names of ineligible student-athletes.

Dent had also alleged that exercise equipment had been exchanged for favorable seating for Patrick Carpenter and Mark Glass, co-owners of the former Medical Outfitters company. Carpenter and Glass denied Dent’s claim.

The KU review showed that Medical Outfitters had made an in-kind contribution to Kansas Athletics for a whirlpool for use by the athletics corporation, and not for Perkins.

The gift was accidentally not credited to Carpenter’s account in 2004-05, but was credited the following season, which resulted in an improvement to his seats.

A separate ethical question regarding exercise equipment that Glass has reported he loaned to Perkins at no cost was not addressed in the KU internal review.

State law prohibits government employees from accepting many types of loans or gifts. Perkins has referred that matter to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said that with these findings, Perkins and Kansas Athletics officials can renew their focus on the Big 12 Conference realignment issue.

“I have full confidence in Lew and his ability to focus on what is best for our student-athletes and the University of Kansas in the days ahead,” Gray-Little said in a statement.

The KU review included interviews with Dent, Perkins and others inside and outside KU. Reviewers inspected seating records and other documents, and examined reports compiled by Kansas Athletics compliance staff on drug testing and eligibility.

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Frightwig 3 years, 10 months ago

We love you, Lew! Let's put this nonsense behind us and move forward. Rock Chalk Jayhawk, Go KU!!

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kanshawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Ban those envolved in the ticket scandal from all ku athletic events

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 10 months ago

Wow! Reading more background on the Big 12 demise, it looks like Lew will be most remembered not for being corrupt, but for being inept. The money train of college football has been laying tracks that bypass Lawrence, and Lew has been in the basement working out. How do you not see the whole system where you live and work start crumbling around you?

The Big 12 uppity-ups and the ADs at KU and KSU should be whacked with a knobby stick for being blind and stupid.

Good-bye to the Big Time, and Adieu to Lew!

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MacHeath 3 years, 10 months ago

I don't know... Some of the folks have already lost their jobs, and have a huge stain on their records. I doubt they will be charged with anything much. Lew will keep his job, because he is too big of an asset for KU. They probably won't charge Dent will blackmail, because it is probably better for everyone to keep his worthless ass in California. Stay in California, Bill...

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CWGOKU 3 years, 10 months ago

Yes, very true. I better grab a case of beer, or more, this could take a while.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 10 months ago

CWGOKU, and "tire fires" burn and smolder for a long time. They STINK too.

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CWGOKU 3 years, 10 months ago

This entire mess, Lew, ticket scandal, Big 12 demise, etc, is like a tire fire, so I am gonna grab a beer and sit back and watch it burn, then see what happens. Too much speculation for me.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 10 months ago

The Chancellor does not need to fire him. There is a cloud hanging over Perkins, he knows it, the public knows it and the Chancellor knows it. So, now Lew can have an assistant of sorts looking over his shoulder. This is not over yet.

Perkins, like the many others at KU who have used the University as a stepping stone will move on. He will not be able to function in his past mode.

The Chancellor knows what she is doing. The monkey is now on Perkins back. The next rope doesn't need to be very long.

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kubacker 3 years, 10 months ago

"Where was the big wheeler dealer Lew at and what was he doing as this whole deal has developed since last year ? Asleep at the wheel ! If you're truly one of the top ten AD's in the country why is your school faced with having no conference to affiliate with next year?"


You're way off base - Perkins wasn't named one of the top-ten ADs in the country he was named the "Best Athletic Executive in the WORLD." I repeat - THE WORLD! LMFAO!!

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waterhazard 3 years, 10 months ago

You obviously are not informed. The reason KU will not be asked to join the Big 10 is because THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH HOUSEHOLDS in the state of KS to attract the TV money! It is that pure and simple. There is nothing Lew Perkins can do to control how many people live in KS. To blame not being able to save the Big 12 on Lew just shows how little you know and understand about college athletics. Go back to your own pathetic little job and let Lew do his.

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gl0ck0wn3r 3 years, 10 months ago

lolz you couldn't see that one coming a mile away. So, full and partial state employees can now accept gifts and use the "Lew: I am a victim" defense. Huzzah! Some pigs are more equal than others.

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whats_going_on 3 years, 10 months ago

again, why...just because no one likes the outcome of the investigation (in other words...Lew wasn't fired)...why does that automatically make it false and make the chancellor an idiot? Makes no sense. If it was false, god forbid, than well...for shame...but...do any of you really know that it wasn't? Can't get the whole story from reading the journal world, sorry.

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in123 3 years, 10 months ago

Meanwhile, vice provost Mary Lee Hummert and human resources program director Allen Humphrey were given improvements in their seats for next season for their in-kind contribution to the KUAD.

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Pilgrim2 3 years, 10 months ago

Wow, what a lousy day for the gym class fatties.

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consumer1 3 years, 10 months ago

Rome is burning, and no one knows where the fire plugs are.

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consumer1 3 years, 10 months ago

So has Mr. Dent come in to any money lately? Maybe a enhanced severence package?

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gorilla10 3 years, 10 months ago

and after everyone's stupid comments, once again LEW HATERS, IN YOUR FACE!!!!! He is here to stay......If you like KU athletics, you better start liking Lew Perkins.....

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spacehog 3 years, 10 months ago

KU=big businesses coming to Lawrence primarily to hire cheap student labor. It started with Sallie Mae. They moved, raped and pillaged the community, and left.

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spacehog 3 years, 10 months ago

"The cost for tickets, and the idea that money talks for seat placement, is the norm everywhere".

Oh, I guess that makes it ok then. Please accept my apologies.

"Money doesn't talk, it swears." -Bob Dylan

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Steven Gaudreau 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm glad Lew was cleared. KU and Lawrence have a much bigger issue to deal with, the Big 12 realignment. Lew needs to focus on this situation because the economic backlash could cripple our community. KU athletics brings millions into our local economy. If KU gets stuck holding KSU's hand and we are thrown into a secondary conference like the MAC, our town will face hard economic backlash. With schools like Mizz, Neb and OU no longer traveling to Lawrence for games and our new games are with UNLV and Utah, Lawrence will be a ghost town. No KU = no Lawrence. I'm not saying the town will go bankrupt but I believe we will see a lot of businesses closing in the future due to the Big 12 realignment.

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MacHeath 3 years, 10 months ago

You can't blame Perkins and KU for playing the game. The cost for tickets, and the idea that money talks for seat placement, is the norm everywhere, University and Pro sports. I don't like it either, but that is the way it is. I hated the fact that long-time ticket holders (KU alum) could no longer get their seats. It is not Lew Perkins fault.

Perkins should have had the good sense to tell Dent to shove that equipment up his ass. Perkins will have to answer for that. He also should have had the good sense not to give the stuff back to that psychopath.

I believe the investigation was fair, but Perkins did admit that this ticket scandal happened on his watch. He should quit on his own accord, or they should ask him to step down.

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emptymind 3 years, 10 months ago

Did anyone expect it to be a 'fair' investigation? Merely to quiet the public outcry about the ignorance of a person in charge of a major university athletic department. 'Nuff said

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spacehog 3 years, 10 months ago

KU has never gotten a cent from me since I graduated. I felt the whole experience was lousy. Thank God I went when tuition was relatively low. Postmaster Perkins doesn't give a damn about anyone in this community unless you fork over some major dough. I would have much respect for Chancellor Mean if she did the right thing and canned that shady creep, especially before we head into the football season. But I doubt it, mainly because of the intimidation factor. He ran Marion Washington out of town on a rail. We'll see.......

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spacehog 3 years, 10 months ago

Again, it's all about $$$. As far as the ticket scandal, Postmaster Perkins already said "It happened on my watch". If he were a real man, he would resign. But, much like the Post Office, he is cocooned and protected by the very people that are supposed to be investigating him. Protect management, wipe out the workers.

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greenworld 3 years, 10 months ago

Once the Big 12 goes down, are tickets going to be half price to Ku football and basketball games?

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heybluekc 3 years, 10 months ago

All you Lew bashers are gonna get what you want. A middle of the pack also ran in college athletics. You wanted it you got it. So sad that football was getting so good and now we might not even be in the BCS coalition.

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OonlyBonly 3 years, 10 months ago

ROFLMAO! You've got to be kidding me! No wonder there'll be no Big 12 and KU isn't getting any invites...........

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gorilla10 3 years, 10 months ago

To all of the Lew Perkins Haters out there, IN YOUR FACE!!!! ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!!!!!!

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nekansan 3 years, 10 months ago

The CJ Online article indicates that Lou did not pay anything for the "loaned" equipment until April of this year?!?!?!? By that time Dent was already making noise. It appears to me that Perkins "paid" for the use of the exercise equipment after the you know what hit the fan with the blackmail claims Dent made. Then Perkins covered his hiney and made the payment to give the administration an out. I'm very disappointed that the chancellor and other university officials find this acceptable. As un-credible and vague as Dent may have been, the exercise equipment loan sure sounds fishy. Maybe the company didn't get better tickets, but Lou definitely got free equipment until this mess started to become public.

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Number_1_Grandma 3 years, 10 months ago

Gee, that 'thorough' investigation didn't take long.....LOL

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greenworld 3 years, 10 months ago

Of course it cleared him....did anybody ever have any doubt??? Yeah right.

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jhokfan 3 years, 10 months ago

Bad day for the malcontents.

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MacHeath 3 years, 10 months ago

Believe it or not, Dent is a weirdo. He has nothing but avarice for KU, Lawrence, and everyone in it. I know this as a fact. He did not turn any evidence for any reason than revenge. He is a man of the lowest character. No matter what Perkins did, or did not do he is an angel compared to William Dent.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

"Internal review clears KU’s Perkins of wrongdoing"

Only on a small issue.... if this is in fact true.

The theft/fraudulent ticket sales is still a problem I would think.....

The FBI,IRS and Grand jury are still investigating I would imagine.

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Healthcare_Moocher 3 years, 10 months ago

The apple does not fall far from the tree. If this has been going on for as long as has been reported, there is zero way it was a secret in the department. Internal reviews are just that, internal. Whats to say that the findings of this review have been fully released. This does not pass the smell test.

At a minimum, Lew is guilty of not knowing what was going on in his department. Five years and he does not know a thing... BS.... BS!

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Hydra 3 years, 10 months ago

No suprise here I didn't think Ms Whitewash-Alot would do anything. I'm sure KU gave itself a fair and impartial review! (Man what a whopper I just said)!

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pace 3 years, 10 months ago

I can see the review process. Lew stands in front of the mirror and asks himself, who is the fairest man of all of cash cow. The mirror must acquit. Sorry he doesn't seem to be going.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Why is the Big 12 splitting up?

What brought this on?

Neither K State nor KU has been invited anywhere?

What might be left .... the big 4 or 5?

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edjayhawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Good. Now we can move on and decide what is the best interest of the University of Kansas and their athletics program.

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cowboy 3 years, 10 months ago

We shall wait for the ethics investigation. Lews possession of the equipment has no logical defense.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said that with these findings, Perkins and Kansas Athletics officials can renew their focus on the Big 12 Conference realignment issue.

Is Gray Little conscious ? The big 12 is history. she could'nt find time to attend the Big 12 meetings , too busy in London . She sent letters to Nebraska a few days ago and they are announcing their move to the Big 10 on Friday. There is no Big 12 realignment. The south is as good as gone.

Where was the big wheeler dealer Lew at and what was he doing as this whole deal has developed since last year ? Asleep at the wheel ! If you're truly one of the top ten AD's in the country why is your school faced with having no conference to affiliate with next year ?

This duo has let down the good university and it's fans and alums.

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beobachter 3 years, 10 months ago

KUAC or KU will never get another cent from me. Not even after Lew and Gray-Little are gone. Too bad, she looked so good after Hemingway.

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Graczyk 3 years, 10 months ago

"A separate ethical question regarding exercise equipment that Glass has reported he loaned to Perkins at no cost was not addressed in the KU internal review."

I am confused as to why the internal review did not address this issue. Is it because the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission is already looking into it? Is that the case?

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beobachter 3 years, 10 months ago

In other words Gray-Little folded to pressure from KUAC donors. Only hope now is grand jury indicts and jury convicts and has him locked up. Send her back to UNC, she fits right in there. Sports rules all.

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thesloss 3 years, 10 months ago

Lew is breathing a sigh of relief ... thinking, "I am untouchable".

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Phillbert 3 years, 10 months ago

It'll be a busy night for the Lew haters. Brew a pot of coffee and belly up to the keyboard...

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skinny 3 years, 10 months ago

Lew is the man!! You guys are just jealous because of the implemented point system. Better get used to it! Lew isn't going anywhere. YES!!

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IronChefKS 3 years, 10 months ago

Prime opportunity to restore some small confidence in KU is wasted.

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toe 3 years, 10 months ago

Predicted and confirmed outcome.

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anon1958 3 years, 10 months ago

We KU even need an expensive AD after the BiG 12 collapses into the fly-over four?

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weeslicket 3 years, 10 months ago

patience, please. more information is surely to come.

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yankeevet 3 years, 10 months ago

This is sooo much crap...............i wont spend money on their f...........crap tickets; nothing but a joke;.......................all of em

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Newell_Post 3 years, 10 months ago

Gambling at Rick's? I'm shocked.

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killjoy 3 years, 10 months ago

He needs to be removed from representing Kansas University. He's a trainwreck that leaves a trail of embarrassment. I doubt if the chancellor has the guts to do her job and fire him. She's too weak.

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anon1958 3 years, 10 months ago

LOL Whitewash. Lew still had use of that equipment as a favor, which is prohibited whether or not he reciprocated.

Now I dont have to feel remotely bad for bashing Gray-Little-Accomplished and Less-Integrity.

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