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More than $1 million worth of KU basketball, football tickets involved in ticket scam

AD Perkins: “I accept responsibility. I don’t accept responsibility for anything criminal or any of those things.”

KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins, from left, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, University General Counsel Jim Pottorff and Jack Focht of Wichita law firm Foulston Siefkin prepare to take questions from the media after releasing Foulston Siefkin's investigation into a ticket scandal in KU's athletic ticket office.

KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins, from left, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, University General Counsel Jim Pottorff and Jack Focht of Wichita law firm Foulston Siefkin prepare to take questions from the media after releasing Foulston Siefkin's investigation into a ticket scandal in KU's athletic ticket office.

May 26, 2010, 1:22 p.m. Updated May 26, 2010, 11:38 p.m.

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KU ticket investigation press conference

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little begins the conference, and Jack Focht of Foulston Siefkin discusses the report made of their investigation.

KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins was the last to leave a press conference at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics on Thursday May 26, 2010. He and other KU officials and investigators talks about alleged violations in KU's ticket office that led to the diversion of $1 million or more from the university. Six employees were blamed and are no longer with the university.

KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins was the last to leave a press conference at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics on Thursday May 26, 2010. He and other KU officials and investigators talks about alleged violations in KU's ticket office that led to the diversion of $1 million or more from the university. Six employees were blamed and are no longer with the university.

Kansas University officials and their attorney face a crowd of media as they discuss the findings of an investigation commissioned by KU into alleged misconduct in its ticket operations.

Kansas University officials and their attorney face a crowd of media as they discuss the findings of an investigation commissioned by KU into alleged misconduct in its ticket operations.

Attorney Jack Focht of Wichita law firm Foulston Siefkin explains a report on missing tickets his law firm generated at the request of KU. In the report, released Thursday May 26, 2010 at the Dole Institute of Politics, thousands of misdirected tickets and more than a million dollars diverted from KU.

Attorney Jack Focht of Wichita law firm Foulston Siefkin explains a report on missing tickets his law firm generated at the request of KU. In the report, released Thursday May 26, 2010 at the Dole Institute of Politics, thousands of misdirected tickets and more than a million dollars diverted from KU.

Lew Perkins, KU Athletic Director, prepares to take questions from members of the media after a report detailing improprieties in its ticket office was released to the public Wednesday afternoon. In the report, six employees of Kansas Athletics are described as taking part in a scheme to divert tickets and funds to their own benefit and away from KU.

Lew Perkins, KU Athletic Director, prepares to take questions from members of the media after a report detailing improprieties in its ticket office was released to the public Wednesday afternoon. In the report, six employees of Kansas Athletics are described as taking part in a scheme to divert tickets and funds to their own benefit and away from KU.

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Five employees and a consultant at Kansas University Athletics Inc. improperly used and sold for personal gain nearly 20,000 KU basketball and football tickets during the past five years, costing the department at least $1.03 million in revenue, the university disclosed Wednesday.

And an investigator from a Wichita-based law firm hired to review problems in both KU’s ticket office and Williams Educational Fund suspects that the totals will only get worse, once results of federal investigations are revealed.

“It wouldn’t surprise me at all,” said Jack Focht of Foulston Siefkin, hired by Kansas University four months after athletics officials learned of suspected ticket irregularities from federal investigators late last year. “The federal government has the power of the grand jury subpoena, the FBI, the IRS, everybody else. I had four, five attorneys and an audit team to look at records. …

“I would not be at all surprised if the government figures are much larger.”

Focht joined KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, general counsel Jim Pottorff and Athletics Director Lew Perkins at the Dole Institute on Wednesday to distribute and discuss the results of the university’s 60-day investigation.

The investigation, which included work from the BKD accounting firm, concluded that the six individuals schemed to profit from tickets, a scam involving both seats at Memorial Stadium for football and in sold-out Allen Fieldhouse for basketball. Also involved were parking passes, and passes to the Arrowhead Club in Kansas City, Mo.

Former employees implicated

The report identified the six individuals, who no longer work for the department:

• Charlette Blubaugh, former associate athletics director for ticket operations, who “seemed to be directly responsible for creating the climate of an ice cream store where the employees feel free to sample the wares without paying for them.” Two employees sold more than $200,000 worth of tickets to brokers with her knowledge and consent, according to the report, and Blubaugh herself is suspected of misappropriating $3,400 of tickets sold following a KU loss in an NCAA tournament.

• Tom Blubaugh, Charlette Blubaugh’s husband and a former contracted consultant, who earned $115,000 from Kansas Athletics from August 2007 through January 2010 without Perkins’ knowledge — and had access to ticket accounts that appear to have been “parking places” for tickets “not paid for but sold to brokers or others.”

• Jason Jeffries, former assistant director for ticket operations, who received 56 tickets that normally would have been made available to Williams Fund donors as part of the “Select A Seat” process, during which fans choose their fieldhouse seats in accordance with their placement on the fund’s points list. The seats were sold to a broker in Oklahoma.

• Rodney Jones, former assistant athletics director for the Williams Educational Fund, who was known in the community as “the man to see if you wanted a free ticket to athletic events,” handing out tickets to teammates on his softball team. A “large percentage” of tickets sold to brokers, according to federal investigators, came from an account assigned to “Rodney Jones, Donor Development.” Face value of such tickets from that account and sold to brokers during the past five years: $197,695 for basketball, and $35,460 for football.

• Ben Kirtland, former associate athletics director of development, who was Jones’ boss and admitted selling more tickets to donors than the donors had qualified for, then pocketing the difference and splitting it with Jones.

• Brandon Simmons, former assistant athletics director of sales and marketing, who arranged to sell tickets, with Jeffries, to a broker friend in Oklahoma.

Federal probe ongoing

The investigation did not specifically address tickets for postseason basketball games — including those during KU’s three trips to the Final Four — stretching as far back as the 2001-02 season.

But that’s what federal investigators are looking into and more, said Carl Cornwell, attorney for the man he describes as the whistleblower for “business as usual” in KU’s ticket office.

Officials with the IRS, FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office all have declined to discuss any pending investigations, or whether they even exist.

But a spokesman for Kansas Attorney General Steve Six confirmed Wednesday that the U.S. Attorney’s office had a “current investigation” ongoing. Like Six, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson stands ready to help Lanny Welch, the interim U.S. Attorney for Kansas.

“Their office has taken the lead on the review and investigation of the matter,” Branson said. “Our office will assist if and when necessary.”

The whistleblower, David Freeman, is scheduled to report to prison June 27, but Cornwell is counting on his client’s assistance in the tickets case to keep him from having to report.

“It seems that but for David Freeman, it’s business as usual at KU,” Cornwell said. “He came forward and told what he knew as part of the investigation.”

Freeman disclosed details about the tickets situation to federal investigators, as he already was providing information as part of a deal with prosecutors in the Junction City bribery case. In that case, Freeman admitted to paying a Junction City commissioner $19,000 to secure contracts said to be worth $12 million to a construction company in which Freeman was a partner.

As part of those disclosures, Cornwell confirmed, Freeman told authorities that he had partnered with Jones and Roger Morningstar — who is a former KU basketball player, and father of current player Brady Morningstar — to profit personally from the sale of KU tickets to postseason tournaments, including Final Fours in Atlanta and New Orleans.

Freeman, Morningstar and Jones received “hundreds of thousands of dollars” from the sales of such tickets and others, including regular season games at the fieldhouse, Cornwell said.

“These were the seats that are coveted,” Cornwell said Wednesday. “These are the seats that people want — great seats.”

Morningstar did not return a message left on his cell phone. Jones’ attorney did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Al Bohl, who was KU athletics director during the 2002 and 2003 Final Fours, said that Jones — then director of the ticket office — was the man in charge of the physical distribution of tickets at the time.

“I can’t recall anyone ever complaining about Rodney, or having any suspicions of him,” Bohl said Wednesday. “But when people are doing things they’re not supposed to be doing, they don’t go around broadcasting it to people. In fact, they befriend people.”

In 2004, following Bohl’s firing by Chancellor Robert Hemenway, Jones would be promoted to director of the Williams Fund, the donor organization that finances scholarships for student athletes and other athletics operations. Last year, the fund’s 4,200 members generated $15 million in revenue.

Kirtland, who was Jones’ boss, told the internal investigators that “Jones carries a big wad of cash and likes to flash it around,” according to the report. Kirtland estimated that Jones could have earned up to $100,000 a year from selling 100 extra tickets to each game.

Overall, the report said, KU could have lost as much as $3 million in revenue during the past five years.

Changes ahead

During the afternoon event at the Dole Institute, Perkins and Gray-Little pledged to work to prevent such problems from ever surfacing again. Among the safeguards to be implemented:

• Strengthen internal controls for the handling and distribution of tickets to include: clear segregation of duties within the ticket office; a “dual key” system for access to ticket inventory; a tracking system for complimentary tickets that verifies which employee requested that complimentary tickets be distributed and who is receiving those tickets; monthly ticket reconciliation via a Total Ticket Accountability Report, reviewed by Kansas Athletics’ chief financial officer; and limiting employee access to the ticket management system to only those modules necessary for each employee’s job.

• Hire a full-time forensic auditor to ensure financial integrity in areas including, but not limited to, donations, tickets and travel.

• Establish a hot line for whistleblowers that is independent of Kansas Athletics and located in KU’s Office of Internal Audit.

• Enhance transparency during Select-a-Seat events, as was implemented at the recently concluded football seat selection.

“The University of Kansas will take decisive action to restore trust, and we will pursue appropriate legal avenues to recover money from the tickets those individuals diverted,” Gray-Little said. But the implications of the scam may go much farther than just tickets.

Perkins, who described the ticket diversions as a “curveball” that he’d missed, said the ticket problems did not represent a violation of NCAA rules.

But the activities of the six individuals had embarrassed the university and had violated the trust of KU fans, he said.

“I think it’s important, right off the top, that I accept responsibility,” Perkins said. “I don’t accept responsibility for anything criminal or any of those things. I accept responsibility because I am athletic director and this happened during my watch.”

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Fraud/Theft in a rather large fashion = big time jail sentences or should!

Seems like some of our local builders are drawn to corruption. Can we say Junction City too!

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Newell_Post 3 years, 10 months ago

If James Naismith could see this, I believe his ghost would rise from his grave in East Lawrence and smite every "professional" manager all up and down the line of KU Athletics with a flaming sword.

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thinkagain 3 years, 10 months ago

Where did the rest of the photos go that were in the photo gallery yesterday, namely Morningstar, Compton, and Sinks?

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pace 3 years, 10 months ago

Lew suddenly isn't the one in charge or knew what was going on over there in the athletic department. It is a corrupt pool and his frog on the lily pad pose sucks.

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TrooGrit 3 years, 10 months ago

Don't forget that Perkins brought Jones here. How could Lew not know this was going on? You don't necessarily need to be a "micro-manager" to know that someone on your staff in the ticket office isn't on the up and up. I think perhaps it's time for Perkins to go elsewhere. Just troubling, to say the least!

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headdoctor 3 years, 10 months ago

Putting all the Lew bashing aside, does it bother some that it would seem there may be something missing from this picture? Last I knew Freeman didn't have enough brains to pound sand in a rat hole. One could very easily get the idea that if he was involved enough to know what was going on, how many of his business cronies also knew and were involved? It isn't like his buddies hate KU athletics. For attention sake at least one of his old partners use to love name dropping people he knew personally in the athletic department and in a twisted sense would have had every excuse to profit anyway he could from the athletic department. Oh well, I guess Freeman is willing to take the fall for a variety of people.

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jbiegs 3 years, 10 months ago

proud to be a WILDCAT!!! hahahaha

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4everahawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Jones, Simmons, Blubaugh, Hossain........all worked at OU and went to Central Oklahoma ...was this group intentionally hanging together because they had all this shared knowledge of stealing tickets?? One of her last responsibilities at athletics was to oversee and supervise the staff in charge of computer systems for all of athletics. In that position, and with her knowledge, she could access absolutely every facet of the departments operations....anyone else besides me think this strange?

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yankeevet 3 years, 10 months ago

These college kids play these games with their hearts too win for their school; while the KU Athletic Dept "adults" sit back and STEAL money. Those young college kids; have alot too look up too.............an example; a bunch of thieves; crooks; and liars. America; capitalism; land of crooks............from the top too the bottom; and all the way down too KU. I hope all of these bums get locked up for a long time. It was not enough that they had good paying jobs; they had too steal money from KU also. If Perkins did not know this was going on; he should of; he was and is in charge.

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Kookamooka 3 years, 10 months ago

Basketball is just a game. I think this gaff is hilarious. Karma anyone?

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Les Blevins 3 years, 10 months ago

KU should cut Perkins salary by half. This would leave him with quite a bit more than twice what he is worth and leave KU with more money they could spend more wisely, such as on developing alternative/renewable low-carbon energy technology.

This would provide permanent long term benefits to all the children of the world now living and all that ever will live if KU demonstrated the technology that could result in eliminating any need for offshore drilling and coal-fired power plants that poison our water and our air.

KU has had this alternative energy technology and this innovative technology development proposal in their desk now for over 25 years. Think of all the money that’s been wasted.

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anon1958 3 years, 10 months ago

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jimjones 3 years, 10 months ago

Lew has mismanaged every assignment he has been given. This time he claims he didn't know about the debacle. This isn't a prtty one-time crime; this is MILLIONS of dollars lost through deliberate and repeated actions.

We certainly don't need his total lack of leadership representing KU now. Whatever respect and credibility he ever imagined he had is gone now. He has embarrassed the university repeatedly through his decisions.

The field house seating couldn't have been handled any worse than it was. The existing seatholders should have been provided some grandfathering.

The practice field was placed in the one of the worst spots imaginable. All practices can be viewed and videoed from public locations. It reduced the already starved parking, it ruined the beauty and symmetry of that area, and it cut into the tailgating space.

If you want to thank those responsible for the increased revenue, thank the players/coaches of the teams that won a national championship and an Orange Bowl. THAT is what brought in the money. All Lew did was spend it unwisely.

Bottom Line: Lew needs to finally be held accountable and be removed. I don't get the impression that the chancellor has the guts to do it on her own. I hope I'm wrong.

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drywaller5100 3 years, 10 months ago

good idea to go outside of lawerence cops 2 find out who did this . lawerence cops could not find there hands in front of there face unless some one told them it was there . and then they would arrest the wrong hand

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6thstreet 3 years, 10 months ago

per Oklahoma newspaper, Charlette Blubaugh has resigned from her current position.

So it looks like not only is the going to possible involve many members of the KUAD, but also even the basketball programs. Plus all the other schools that may have been doing similar things with the help of the Pump brothers. This could turn out to be the biggest story in college athletics... making conference realignment look miniscule. If they follow the money far enough you could possible see many universities in some trouble.

Also how deep is this involved in Lawrence.... looking at the LJW mugshots...woops I mean thumbnails, they have all the big wigs in town involved in some way with this scandal. Self, Lew, and Compton. How funny would it be if all the big boys running this town found themselves doing time in Leavenworth? Send the paddy wagon out to baur brook !!!!

Lets stop all this bashing of N. Lawrence, East Lawrence, Topekean's, KC'ers and focus on the true criminals in this town ---the big $ developers who living out in West Lawrence in their nice mansions.

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Thats_messed_up 3 years, 10 months ago

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billybob1 3 years, 10 months ago

Did anyone else hear the Chancellor's comment about the "future athletic director"? I am sure it was a slip on her part, but as much as I think we need Lew for realignment, he is gone. I do not think Lew knew anything, but that was the problem ... he did not know anything. Lew made it very clear soon after he arrived that he did not want to hear from alumni complaining about their seats.

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missmagoo 3 years, 10 months ago

Charlette Blubaugh, who worked for Jones in the ticket office before taking over its management after Jones’ promotion, left Kansas Athletics last month to take a job as executive administrative assistant to the athletics director at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Contacted Wednesday morning, Blubaugh declined to discuss her departure.

“It has absolutely nothing to do with anything there that may have been going on,” she said.

Jim Marchiony, an associate athletics director for Kansas Athletics, agreed, saying that Blubaugh had left for family reasons: “It had nothing to do with anything you might be asking about.”

---from March 24, 2010 LJW story.

Maybe Marchiony is in on it too :)

ALL LIES!

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slowplay 3 years, 10 months ago

I truly don't see Lew here much longer. An agreement will be reached to buy him out. I'm guessing Gray-Little is going to let Lew take the brunt of this for a month or so and then fire or ask him to resign. I've met this lady and she is a strong personality who is not going to let this slide. She has him by the short hairs and you know he's going to take the hit for this especially if he signed off on the hiring.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Junction City fraud

http://cjonline.com/news/state/2009-06-08/feds_charge_jc_developer

Boom Town for Lawrence Developers http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/aug/20/fort_rileys_boom_boon_lawrence_developers/?print ============== http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/sep...

Freeman also said Tuesday that he and Wunder helped another Lawrence company - http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/oct... ========================== Lawrence Scuttlebutt http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=153x924 ========================== None of the imagined new growth took place which has left Junction City taxpayers holding the bag. When local government officials preach " we must plan ahead" grab your wallets.

It's time local taxpayers took charge. It's time to allow voters the opportunity to make final approvals at the polls once a year.

“Barnes was enthralled with this Freeman guy,” said Pete Robertson, a Junction City lawyer who worked with the Junction City Taxpayers Association, which raised a red flag about the city’s rising public debt and the activities of some of the developers."

http://cjonline.com/news/state/2009-06-08/feds_charge_jc_developer

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riverdrifter 3 years, 10 months ago

I like Lew. Why? Because he is not always nice. He knows how to swim when there is blood in the water. Neither the NCAA nor the Big-12 is a goldfish pond. Both are piranha pits. Conference realignment is on the horizon. Gray-Little had best reconsider firing Lew at this point. I'd hate to think of her and some neophyte AD at the helm in the near future. Lew nailed the dubloon to the mast and best to follow him for now. I know: "Ye dammned whale..."

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Uhjh 3 years, 10 months ago

I certainly hope the investigations by the IRS and FBI are thorough and do extent the time frame now under consideration. For the point system to become legitimate more information needs to be made public. For example total tickets and how they are allotted like how many complementary; how many for students and those available to William Fund members. How many points, the number of tickets a donor gets with those points and the location. I believe it should be points per seat so a fan say with 400 and wants just 2 seats (200 pts/seat) is given the same consideration as a fan with 1200 points who wants 6 seats. So far their explanations of the system are somewhat fuzzy and it appears as a cover for shenanigans. Lew need to concentrate less on his legacy (Gridiron Club) and more the fans. A half empty stadium with a full elite section, where I believe we are headed, will be pitiable.

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gphawk89 3 years, 10 months ago

“I accept responsibility. I don’t accept responsibility for anything criminal or any of those things.”

What in the hell does that mean, Lew?

“I accept responsibility." = "I'm going to pacify a good portion of the public by sounding like I'm doing the right thing."

"I don’t accept responsibility for anything criminal or any of those things.” = "I didn't do anything wrong and I'm not going to resign."

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whats_going_on 3 years, 10 months ago

Doesn't seem like that many tickets could go unnoticed. I don't know the full details, but seems like SOMEONE should have noticed earlier...the ticket problems have been going on for a few years. A few friends got booted from fairly good seats to a few from the top in one year... the change in the "point system" was partially to blame, but it sounds like this scandal may have played a part. I've noticed several regulars sitting low at the games who, according to their behavior and appearance, I can't imagine being able to afford lower section season tix. Also, they used to EASILY get tickets for tournaments and lately they have been mysteriously gone before they even had a chance.

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justsayin 3 years, 10 months ago

So what about the people who purchased the tickets? Are those people going to be investigated by the feds?

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opobserver 3 years, 10 months ago

At least Leavenworth is not far up the road for this elite six.

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toe 3 years, 10 months ago

Where were the auditors of previous years? Perhaps they could use the Lawrence City auditor. Auditors are worthless.

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4everahawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Lew hired Charlette and Ben, promoted Rodney the first year he was here as well as the other two received promotions by Lew. I still wonder who wrote the check (or was he paid in cash?) to Charlette's husband...story has it he was receiving $115,000 annually for several years. How the hell did Lew not know that??? Oh, and MyName..........I know of several instances where athletics staff wanted to report to the university about improprieties, but knew it would fall on deaf ears because of the husband/wife team for athletics and university. Just saying...

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beobachter 3 years, 10 months ago

Easy answer, who is top dog? Does name Lew ring a bell?

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slowplay 3 years, 10 months ago

What's all the fuss about. KU is the victim. You had some very qualified people in upper management. The problem was they were crooks. This is a potential problem for any organization the size of KU Athletics. I would like to know who was responsible for hiring them in the first place.

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7texdude 3 years, 10 months ago

The only way Lew leaves is if he quits. The chancellor and the university can't afford to fire him. Wait a minute, what about a breach in the morals clause or something like that. Wasn't that how he fired Mangino and didn't have to pay him a lot of money. Oh......

The next question is who do you hire after Lew leaves? Who is going to want to step into this mess? Massive fundraising projects, mediocre teams and a major credibility problem with us fans. If attendance goes down for football and basketball games, that hurts Lawrence. We need to careful here, folks. A half-empty Memorial Stadium will stab a deep wound into the local economy, so maybe we have bigger problems now..

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ralphralph 3 years, 10 months ago

Lack of institutional control.

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macon47 3 years, 10 months ago

the same folks that want lews head think they need to hold their boot to the throat of bp all hat, no cattle

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4everahawk 3 years, 10 months ago

MyName: I wrote a reply to your comment almost as long as Jaybate usually writes, then decided that it really wasn't worth the argument..........you are clearly one of the Lew lovers and can't see the forest for the trees so go ahead and 'keep the faith'.........this situation is far from over.

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Scott Overfield 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm still perplexed why none of the reporters asked Perkins about his relationship with the Pump brothers, since according to Yahoo's story he attended their annual meeting with Self for head coaches and AD"s

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g_rock 3 years, 10 months ago

Am I the only one that is totally shocked that this only goes back to 2005? This is more up crooked Roy William's ally too, you know. There is more to this story. I'd bet on it.

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distant_voice 3 years, 10 months ago

This isn't a lack of oversight, but this is a problem that starts at the very top, putting KU athletics above education and everything else on campus, including any student not on the Athletic Department's payroll (sometimes referred to as athletic scholarships). How many problems like this do you think UNI or Bucknell have? Remember those teams? True athletes who played for pride and dignity; not a group of over-hyped, over-rated athletes whose only purpose in college was to go Pro.

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macon47 3 years, 10 months ago

i dont agree with every thing lew has done but i do not hate him i would like to hear what the annual auditors say about the reports they turned in that said everything was on the up and up why are they not taking heat it is thier watch, and their job

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Jeff Kilgore 3 years, 10 months ago

Jaywalker, I'm with you. If top accounting firms missed it, then it's likely that the AD would miss it as well. People are so quick to criticize and the worst critics are more than likely the ones with the least information or sense.

Certainly, Perkins is embarrassed and saddened. To me, he's like a business owner who hires people who steal from his company. His crime? Trusting people who let him down. That's a fixable problem. I'm just glad that this didn't trickle down or hasn't trickled down. I really have wondered about that.

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tange 3 years, 10 months ago

"I think it's important right off the top that I accept responsibility," Perkins said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. "I don't accept responsibility for anything criminal or any of those things. I accept responsibilty because I am athletic director and this happened during my watch."

Have Americans just come to accept these hollow, verbal apologies—as if they constituted anything meaningful whatsoever?

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ralphralph 3 years, 10 months ago

The culture of an organization descends from its leader. At KU Athletics, that means it's all about the money. That's the core of Lew's approach.

Time to try "top kill". Fire Lew.

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beobachter 3 years, 10 months ago

Why hasn't Lew been fired yet? He was in charge, obviously he was clueless. Just as clueless as when he fired Mangino and hired a bible thumper.

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jaywalker 3 years, 10 months ago

"It shouldn’t be shocking that Perkins didn’t know about the alleged illegal scheme, Focht said, because some of the best auditing firms in the country worked on KU athletic accounts and also missed it."

That's for all the mopes on this string who are taking this opportunity to rail against Lew. Not gonna stop 'em or change their pea-sized minds, I know this.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/05/26/1972836/ku-report-6-individuals-diverted.html#ixzz0p585g5dx

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 10 months ago

oh, Lew will soon announce that he has accomplished quite a lot at KU and wants to spend more time with his family and is going to retire and maybe pursue some other projects that he has always wanted to do,, BUT Chancellor Gray, tell Lew before he goes, to put some cash into the pot for the academic program that the Athletic is planning to fund. It is the Chancellor's "cash for clunkers" program at work.

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edjayhawk 3 years, 10 months ago

This a simple black and white issue based on job performance. It was under Lew's watch so he did not perform his duties satisfactorily. He should be disciplined on some level for this. If this would have happened in almost any other organization the person in Perkin's position would have been disciplined in some fashion and most likely terminated.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 10 months ago

Lew accepts responsibility but not all of it. In other words, put the blame on mame.

Lew really didn't care. He was too busy trying to protect his own image, hiring from the governor's office, hiring relatives, not wanting to be seen eating with Mangino. And again,

I ask: How much does this million dollars really translate to a dollar amount per game?

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spacehog 3 years, 10 months ago

mr_right_wing just cracks me up, really cracks me up. Nutjob and a half. I would know, I'm crazy as an outhouse bat.

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pizzapete 3 years, 10 months ago

Sounds a lot like Clinton saying I did not have relations with that woman.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 10 months ago

A million dollars of face value over FIVE YEARS. tha's only $200,000 a year and at the ticket price what is it really an average per game? Plus take away the value of the parking passes , so what are the real figures.

Chancellor Bernadette needs to tell Lew in a private meeting that she wants the million to come forward from Lew at the beginning of the football season and she will put it into the supposed educational fund that the Athletic Department is going to "help out".

4everahawk, don't you find it interesting that mr focht went to KU as an undergrad.

Those attorneys all bed down together when there is money to be made.

So, who actually paid the legal fees and the "investigation"? Who wrote the checks?

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friendlyjhawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Bye bye Lew. You got the dirt on you whether or not you knew about it. Man up Chancellor and do your duty!

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4everahawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Does anyone besides me find it a conflict of interest for athletics to have for their attorney, the wife of the university attorney??? Each are going to keep the other one informed of all legal matters......just kinda stinks to me.

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opobserver 3 years, 10 months ago

I hope they have it on tv when they arrest these crooks and take them in handcuffs. Jones won't have to worry about flashing his money in prison.

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 10 months ago

Wow. Have now read the report (although the attachments are not online...?)

Smells a lot like "lack of institutional control" to me.

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irvan moore 3 years, 10 months ago

When the chancellor was up there it kind of reminded me of the times when the politicians have their wives at the press conference after they are caught cheating. Lew raises a lot of money but so far his signiture hail Mary hire is Turner Gill, hopefully that will work out better than his other "big" hire Bonnie.

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oskiejackie 3 years, 10 months ago

almost as crooked as when obama the punk had his inauguration ticket sale

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

iZ in Yr depArtMent, steelin' Yr tikkets! LOLZ!

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hitme 3 years, 10 months ago

It's time for Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little to do her job and clean up this mess. Starting by replacing Lew Perkins.

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malyksmom 3 years, 10 months ago

Maybe that's why my tuition is increasing for next school year at KU...they gotta make up for those tickets!

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Sara Garlick 3 years, 10 months ago

Just another thing to be disgusted about. I can't believe that these ppl honestly thought they weren't going to get caught.

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yankeevet 3 years, 10 months ago

Wow; what a mess this be...........

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nut_case 3 years, 10 months ago

So what else is new...loose millions then come crying to the taxpayer because you need more money. Government does it, businesses do it, why can't schools get in on the action too.

It will be a sad day if taxpayers ever wake up and say enough is enough.

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Uhjh 3 years, 10 months ago

Just a mess of crap as usual. Lew fogs all the issues how can the people who get tickets trust the point system. Oh, Lew said it is perfect what a comfort.

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smallone1 3 years, 10 months ago

What upsets me is that for the past three years we have increased our Williams Fund donation to be able to upgrade our seats for basketball but never was offered any better seating. And now we find out that an average of 3,500 tickets per season were sold by these individuals! I think the Williams Fund should do something for their members who have been increasing their contributions during that time frame.

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JackRipper 3 years, 10 months ago

Hope the KC crowd is happy that KU is now right up there with Missouri and Colorado when it comes to sleeze. Yep, Lew has brought us "swagger".

Chancellor, please, save our university of higher learning!

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JackRipper 3 years, 10 months ago

Now it makes sense why the small fry scalpers were ran off of campus, they were cutting into Lew's boys cut.

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beatrice 3 years, 10 months ago

So who am I supposed to get my tickets from now?

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Slowponder 3 years, 10 months ago

If you do the sums, they sold an Allen Fieldhouse-worth of tickets and only got $60 for the tix? These folk were not dumb; they were money-stupid. If you are gonna steal, steal big!!

Now they get to deal with the problems for unreported income, tax evasion, and basic theft. They get hit by the IRS and Kansas Dept. of Revenue for unreported income, federal criminal charges (for the tax evasion, mail and wire fraud), and simple theft in Douglas County. If they sold tickets to Arrowhead and Hilton, Devaney, Gallagher-Iiba, and various other venues outside the friendly confines of Kansas, then they are looking at more federal charges -- mail and wire fraud, and then more state charges in each of those other states to which they sold tickets.

If you are the recipient of their 'largesse', you may wish to consult your tax advisor because you paid a price for something illegal.

On other news fronts, Charlotte Gray-Little and Lew Perkins announced a new look to the Jayhawk, Beginning now, Jayhawk and Baby Jay will sport orange, yellow and white prison garb over their traditional feathers. "I think it's a hip with-it look," said Lew Perkins. Jayhawk had no comment.

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missmagoo 3 years, 10 months ago

Can the Joe College guy do some "FIRE LEW" shirts? I'll buy!

Seriously though, Mr. Perkins, you are correct to accept responsibility. Lack of institutional control is spot on, and it's amazing to me that all of this got by you and Mr. Jones and Mr. Kirtland have remained employed by KUAC throughout the past YEAR you've known about this. I'm sure it was just a plot to catch them in the act, but seriously. Get your head out of your a** and pay attention. You obviously need to quit your job as the "consultant" in OP and quit attending sporting events for Gatorade and DO.YOUR.JOB, remember.. you ARE the KUAC Athletic Director? Idiot.

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 10 months ago

Allen Fieldhouse = Best Little W****house in Kansas

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 10 months ago

"I think it's important right off the top that I accept responsibility," Perkins said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Oh, come on Lew...what are you, a republican or something?! Do what all good liberals do; blame it on George W!!

It still works for the obama administration!

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BruceWayne 3 years, 10 months ago

I agree this is ALL on Lew. Time for him to go. As far as Freeman, what a punk. If he doesn't get got to while in the big house, I am SURE the line will be long here in Lawrence when he gets out. Snitches get stiches.

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spacehog 3 years, 10 months ago

Honestly, I really don't care about any of this. But you inept greed freaks have let a lot of trusting people down. I could really go for some Bob Marcum and Ted Owens right now.

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otto 3 years, 10 months ago

This investigation only went back to 2005 -- prior to that is what Dave Freeman was talking about at the Yahoo site. Alot more money lost I'm sure.

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BrianR 3 years, 10 months ago

Ok NBC, this is the next big thing:

Law & Order: Forensic Accountants

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Ricky_Vaughn 3 years, 10 months ago

What's the phrase I'm looking for..."Lack of Institutional Control"?

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macon47 3 years, 10 months ago

i bet ku made sure the news people didnt have microphones at least i would make sure if i was them

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JJTitan83 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm just upset that 6 News can't even get their microphone situation figured out on the live press conference. We can't hear the questions, and only get bits and pieces of the answers. C'mon World Company, you are Lawrence's biggest monopoly. Can't you afford to cover a press conference?

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spacehog 3 years, 10 months ago

Cool. No more KU games for me, football or basketball, at least until a thorough housecleaning, including Chancellor Mean and AD Spiteful. Kick Us has kicked for the last time. I'm an alumn, wait, no I'm not.

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 10 months ago

When money is your main focus, corruption is sure to follow. This is on Lew.

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barrypenders 3 years, 10 months ago

Big Government 'Training' Facility with the usual issues.

Stimulus, Fade Away Jumpers, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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classof75 3 years, 10 months ago

I hate to see Roger implicated by yahoo. This info is from the Wichita Eagle (www.kansas.com):

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"Freeman has had dealings with athletic department officials, civic figures and lawyers, according to interviews and documents. For a time he was a partner in the construction business with former KU basketball standout Roger Morningstar, whose son, Brady, currently plays for the team.

Freeman also built a seven-bedroom house that he eventually sold to KU basketball coach Bill Self."

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spacehog 3 years, 10 months ago

Great, just great. Don't worry, I'm sure you can all get jobs at BP.

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Robert Rauktis 3 years, 10 months ago

Why doesn't Lew have a cigar in his mouth? Words don't fit him. Shouldn't one of his toadies like Marshmellow be leaving messages for the press?

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rooster 3 years, 10 months ago

Hey Moderators................

Any chance next time we have an important conference to watch this joke of a company can disable the stupid commercials.

6 commercials in 20 minutes what a freaking joke.

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Steve Jacob 3 years, 10 months ago

Nothing mentioning David and Dana Pump? The yahoo report is more harmful, especially this

"summer traveling teams financed by the Pump brothers have featured at least nine players who went on to play for the Jayhawks. Among them were nationally recruited players Mario Chalmers, David Padgett, Omar Wilkes, Tyrel Reed, Elijah Johnson, Jeff Withey, Travis Releford and Brady Morningstar."

It also says Manning and Self kids are currently on Pump's summers rosters teams, I would hope they quit immediately and KU break all contact with these two.

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Hawkman 3 years, 10 months ago

Perkins is ultimately responsible.

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Kent Fisher 3 years, 10 months ago

No mention of Morningstar. Presumably since he is not employed by the university. If involved, his fate will be in the hands of the feds apparently.

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justtired 3 years, 10 months ago

Any relation to Brady Morningstar?

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mdrndgtl 3 years, 10 months ago

Go to jail already, Freeman...

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