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KU athletics director places Williams Fund official on administrative leave

Rodney Jones, assistant athletics director with the Williams Educational Fund, watches pregame introductions from his courtside seat prior to tipoff for the Jayhawks' game against Oklahoma, Monday, Feb. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Rodney Jones, assistant athletics director with the Williams Educational Fund, watches pregame introductions from his courtside seat prior to tipoff for the Jayhawks' game against Oklahoma, Monday, Feb. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

March 8, 2010

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A point man for helping Williams Fund donors connect with Kansas Athletics Inc. — including access to postseason basketball tickets — has been placed on administrative leave by Athletics Director Lew Perkins.

Rodney Jones, assistant athletics director for the Williams Fund, has been stripped of his duties, which include servicing the needs of the fund’s more than 5,000 members.

Jim Marchiony, a department spokesman, confirmed the personnel move Monday afternoon. He declined to disclose reasons for the administrative leave, or when Jones would be back — if at all.

Marchiony and other department staffers will be handling Jones’ duties heading into the postseason, as donors gather to watch their Jayhawks march toward what they hope is a second national championship in three years.

“We’ve got a lot of talented dedicated people who will make sure that our donors receive the service that they expect and deserve,” Marchiony said.

Jones started work at Kansas Athletics in 1997. Before becoming assistant athletics director for the Williams Fund, Jones had been manager of the KU Ticket Office.

Marchiony described Jones as one of the department’s chief fundraisers, and as one of many staffers who helped put together the points system that governs access to tickets for football and basketball games.

Comments

PebblesFlintstone 5 years, 2 months ago

This won't affect any porn actresses who need game tickets will it?

Michael Stanclift 5 years, 2 months ago

Does this guy get a multi-million dollar severance package for not kissing Lew's feet enough?

LloydDobbler 5 years, 2 months ago

No, what he may actually get is indicted for scalping tickets.

Uhjh 5 years, 2 months ago

Sad if there is fraud in the ticket distribution what else?

nobody1793 5 years, 2 months ago

Hope there are no NCAA rule violations that force us to vacate a championship trophy.

sad_lawrencian 5 years, 2 months ago

Lew Perkins controls the universe (apologies to Andy Richter)!

wastewatcher 5 years, 2 months ago

Isn't it about time that the Board of Regents begin an investigation into the whole situation with the Universities athletics. There are millions of dollars that only King Lou moves around as he chooses with obviously no control. These dollars need much more accountability and scrutiny than they are presently receiving. Maybe the Attorney General should investigate possible criminal activities.

greenworld 5 years, 2 months ago

No I think probably he did to good and now they dont need him anymore. Rodney is a nice guy, probably to nice for Jim or Lew if you know what I mean. I was just curious if Lew would ever get rid of Jim? Probably not as Jim's whole family is working in Ku and it would leave a hole. I think Lew has whoever he wants in his back pocket.

slowplay 5 years, 2 months ago

Speculation runs rampant. It could be illness related, or he could have just been incompetent.

compmd 5 years, 2 months ago

Corruption in KUAC? Surely you jest!

4everahawk 5 years, 2 months ago

He is NOT a nice guy and he blended in quite well with all the others there in charge........

4everahawk 5 years, 2 months ago

He is NOT a nice guy and he blended in quite well with all the others there in charge........

Uhjh 5 years, 2 months ago

We will never know what happen just what Lew wants us to know.

Brandi Simpson-Glover 5 years, 2 months ago

My ghod!, does Lew Perkins EVER stop?!?!?!?!?! he is insane and needs to back off. he absolutely loves picking on people(that do NOT deserve it); he really needs a hobby these days

Brandi Simpson-Glover 5 years, 2 months ago

My ghod!, does Lew Perkins EVER stop?!?!?!?!?! he is insane and needs to back off. he absolutely loves picking on people(that do NOT deserve it); he really needs a hobby these days

Brandi Simpson-Glover 5 years, 2 months ago

My ghod!, does Lew Perkins EVER stop?!?!?!?!?! he is insane and needs to back off. he absolutely loves picking on people(that do NOT deserve it); he really needs a hobby these days

Brandi Simpson-Glover 5 years, 2 months ago

My ghod!, does Lew Perkins EVER stop?!?!?!?!?! he is insane and needs to back off. he absolutely loves picking on people(that do NOT deserve it); he really needs a hobby these days

KU_cynic 5 years, 2 months ago

Who knows, but the language coming out of KUAC sounds like point blank character assassination:

"...stripped of duties..."

"...or when Jones would be back -- if at all."

"... make sure that our donors receive the service that they expect and deserve.”

Translation: "You're toast, Jones. Hit the bricks."

A textbook book case on how (not) to handle a potentially sensitive personnel and public relations issue. Vintage Marchioni hatchet job.

Brandi Simpson-Glover 5 years, 2 months ago

my bad everyone-computer weas having major issue or I was really pissed! sorry

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 2 months ago

You don't have to hit the button four times.

"Maybe the Attorney General should investigate possible criminal activities."

While they are at it, why not have the Attorney General investigate YOU, and Burrito King, and Norge Village, and... They kinda need a "reason", something more authoritative than your hunches.

beaujackson 5 years, 2 months ago

He was "felled" by a typo - they meant to give him a raise.

Uhjh 5 years, 2 months ago

So some donor was not pleased and there is a sacrificed to make them happy. All that is missing is Quasimodo, some pitchforks and torches. Oh my bad Quasimodo directed this.

riverdrifter 5 years, 2 months ago

"While they are at it, why not have the Attorney General investigate YOU, and Burrito King, and Norge Village, and... They kinda need a "reason", something more authoritative than your hunches."

Now, there you go.

I seriously doubt this guy was jettisoned without just cause.

cowboy 5 years, 2 months ago

There are rumors

Hey Jonathan , whats up with al the double posts , did your software change or something ?

Jonathan Kealing 5 years, 2 months ago

No software change. Mostly, I think it's impatience with the speed with which comments are loading, so people hit post twice. We're trying to figure out what's causing the slowdown but we haven't found it yet. Hopefully soon. It's none of the usual problems.

jackconnor1 5 years, 2 months ago

Jonathan, could there potentially be a software change if you find something that prevents paranoid lunatics from posting?

jonas_opines 5 years, 2 months ago

"My ghod!, does Lew Perkins EVER stop?!?!?!?!?!"

Managing and directing? One would hope not.

It's a business, and in business people get fired. Happens all the time.

jonas_opines 5 years, 2 months ago

"My ghod!, does Lew Perkins EVER stop?!?!?!?!?!"

Managing and directing? None would hope not.

It's a business, and in business people get fired. Happens all the time.

jonas_opines 5 years, 2 months ago

/just getting in on this multi-com thing. Sneaky eh?

Godot 5 years, 2 months ago

Why does a corporation so powerful and profitable as KU Athletic Corporation deserve tax exempt status? Why shouldn't it pay taxes like any other corporation? Why should KUAC be allowed to receive contributions from other corporations, tax free, while the so-called generous contributors receive tax deductions for their contributions? Seems like a double tax dodge, to me.

Phillbert 5 years, 2 months ago

@KU_cynic - As someone who claims to be a professor, one would assume you would know that only words in quotation marks are direct quotes. Only one of those phrases you quote was actually in quotation marks in the article, and it was the most innocuous one. The other two phrases were clearly written by the LJW reporter, not said by Marchiony, or else they'd be in quotes.

Just another vintage KU_cynic hatchet job....

@jackconnor1 - If they made that change, the number of comments on this site would drop dramatically.

puddleglum 5 years, 2 months ago

I heard that dude was wearing official ku blue, and not paying royalties to the ku athletic dept., so lew fired him.

Steve Miller 5 years, 2 months ago

Fear not, big lew is not going to put anything with that much money at stake to chance. he knows what he is doing, he will look good when the dust settles. ( It's a PR move on his part, maybe even deversion ?? ) ..

Scruggsy 5 years, 2 months ago

I have to believe there is some good reason they are letting this guy go right now, at a time when "access to postseason basketball tickets" is probably a pretty big job. And it will now have to be done by someone else. So I don't think it is Lew having a wild hair somewhere. Let's just hope it doesn't somehow drift into the realm of improper benefits or something. (I doubt it)...

Joe Hyde 5 years, 2 months ago

This is off-subject, but thank you, Mr. Kealing, for explaining the reason for the recent multiple-post problems. I haven't done that myself, but it's only blind luck that I haven't. I thought the slowness in posting comments was due to a problem in my own computer (which is not immune to problems). Relieved to learn that the J-W On-line's computer sometimes rides in the same boat mine does.

BigAl 5 years, 2 months ago

I just love all the Lew bashing. Although, I do not know what Lew has done wrong except improve the athletic facilities all over campus. He has also raised a lot of money for the dept and doesn't seem to care what people think of him. Apparently, that is what tends to drive people nuts.

Basically, he has done his job and he has done it very well.

Scruggsy 5 years, 2 months ago

I agree BigAl. I think it all stems from the Fieldhouse seating deal from when he was first hired... But nobody seems to complain about how awesome the Fieldhouse improvements are...

Jim Williamson 5 years, 2 months ago

"I miss Coach Bob"

Oh, so YOU'RE the one.

Bob Frederick was a nice man. He also would've been the perfect AD for KU back in the 1950's. In the 1990's, he got left in the dust by the rest of the conference.

FarneyMac 5 years, 2 months ago

Maybe NOW they'll finally get around to taking Roy Williams' name off the Williams Fund.

/sits back, waits for paranoid schizophrenics to take the bait

4everahawk 5 years, 2 months ago

BigAl I believe you are naive... Those who buy into this will be the ones most shaken when the bricks begin to fall.......even in today's rough economy, integrity still is more important than money.

BigAl 5 years, 2 months ago

Fair enough 4everahawk, but after several years with Lew Perkins I don't know of anything remotely close to being improper. So, why assume the worst? The facts are that improvements have been made all over campus. I don't think anyone can point at anything improper that Lew Perkins has done. I've been wrong in the past and will be again but after all these years, there is no sign that "bricks will begin to fall". Quite the contrary. The facts simply do not support any wrongdoing. People may be upset at the methods but that doesn't mean anything sinister is going on.

By the way, I am a Williams Fund member.

love2bike 5 years, 2 months ago

FarneyMac - FYI - The Williams Fund is NOT named for Roy Williams.

yankeevet 5 years, 2 months ago

So what did this guy do too deserve this treatment??

vermont 5 years, 2 months ago

Jonathan -- Since you seem to be paying close attention here, a question a little off the subject; What are the chances that hometownlawrence.com go back to the old format. I really, really dislike the changes. It's not nearly as fun and easy to navigate.

Vinny1 5 years, 2 months ago

There is one single post in all of these comments that actually has anything to do with the story.

Congrats LloydDobbler.

PBRFAN 5 years, 2 months ago

INTERESTING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe the department should check out some of the other OU cronies he helped bring in the HOUSE????

hawkergrl 5 years, 2 months ago

vinny1:

So do you have an inside on the story that he was scalping tickets???? That'd be my speculation, but don't know for sure.

Vinny1 5 years, 2 months ago

Lets just say there were multiple people who were turned away at the door with completely legit looking tickets that just wouldn't scan...all bought from the same scalper.

hawkergrl 5 years, 2 months ago

Vinny1

Interesting! Doesn't sound good for Mr. Jones. Where you one of them that bought the tickets from Rodney. I have a hard time thinking Rodney himself was on a corner scalping tickets or did they actually buy them through his office.....

Scruggsy 5 years, 2 months ago

Lots of "inside information" to choose from... I think it's his ties to Fair Play for Cuba.

middlemgmt 5 years, 2 months ago

Billybob - your theory is interesting. I've been following that story and I know that some of the people involved are big contributors to the Williams Fund.

Robert Rauktis 5 years, 2 months ago

Administrative leave? Maybe he shot someone and had to be vetted by I.A.?

Jim Williamson 5 years, 2 months ago

Orig Bob -- looks like a big one. Keep him or throw him back?

John Hampton 5 years, 2 months ago

billybob1 (anonymous) says… I am afraid you are all chasing after the wrong story. This story is related to the following, I will let you connect the dots: http://cjonline.com/news/local/2010-0...


I guess I'm not seeing it Bob...

Vinny1 5 years, 2 months ago

Thats because Bob has no idea what he is talking about.

Neither does anyone saying anything about the tickets given to Samantha Ryan. Neither does anyone saying anything about Lew or the entire KUAC being corrupt.

txjayhawk54 5 years, 2 months ago

So what, just because Mangino got mailed a few Big 12 tourney tickets.

PBRFAN 5 years, 2 months ago

BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for Vinny1 ?!?

kcgolfguy99 5 years, 2 months ago

RJ is a really good guy and D Manning's longtime best friend. I have played softball with them both for years and years and not one post on here has any truth to them. If Lew thought he was scalping tickets don't you think he would be fired instead of on leave? Hello, this is the AD that doesn't give a darn who or what gets in his way. And we are way better to have him running the show..... I'm sure the most they have on him is perhaps he handed the ticket to the porn starlett that is proud of her university.... I wonder if if ole coach Townsend caught a broomstick upside his head when he got home after his wife read the article that he's inviting a young woman to a game after meeting her on a plane..hmmmmm RJ will be fine,,, either at KU or another university

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