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.