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Rodney Jones, Kassie Liebsch expected to plead in KU ticket scandal next week

Pictured from left are Charlette Blubaugh, Tom Blubaugh, Rodney Jones, Ben Kirtland and Kassie Liebsch.

Pictured from left are Charlette Blubaugh, Tom Blubaugh, Rodney Jones, Ben Kirtland and Kassie Liebsch.

January 4, 2011

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KU Ticket Investigation

Four former Kansas Athletics employees and one current employee have been federally charged and two former employees have pleaded guilty in a scandal involving millions of dollars of stolen tickets from the university.

— Two more former Kansas University athletics officials are due in federal court in Wichita next week with apparent plea deals for their roles in an alleged conspiracy to steal more than $2 million in sports tickets.

Former assistant athletic director Rodney Jones has a change-of-plea hearing Jan. 14. A similar hearing for systems analyst Kassie Liebsch has been moved up to Jan. 13.

That would leave three defendants facing trial next month. They are former associate athletic director Charlette Blubaugh; her husband, Thomas, a consultant for the ticket office; and former associate athletic director Ben Kirtland.

Two others who pleaded guilty to not reporting the scheme face March sentencings. They are former assistant athletic director Brandon Simmons and former assistant director of ticket operations Jason Jeffries.

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Comments

opobserver 3 years, 7 months ago

Hmmmm. Involvement in a million+ ticket scandal + whoops judge I did it, but I'm sorry = a slap on the wrist,

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Judgesmails 3 years, 7 months ago

The Blubaughs - TMZ's hottest couple of 2010 !

crickets

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MarchSadness 3 years, 7 months ago

It's hard to imagine that Mrs. Blubaugh actually paid a hair stylist real, U.S. currency for that haircut.

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somedude20 3 years, 7 months ago

"Whats that, its Pat!" The Pat and More Patter Show brought to you by the new Dunkin Donuts at 6th and Michigan. Today the whole audience gets free tickets to every home game to every KU sporting event (don't ask how we did it..that is unless you offer a deal for me to roll over)

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OutlawJHawk 3 years, 7 months ago

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thesloss 3 years, 7 months ago

What two words are common amongst all of the following (excluding "former"): (Former) assistant athletic director Rodney Jones (Former) associate athletic director Charlette Blubaugh (Former) associate athletic director Ben Kirtland (Former) associate athletic director Charlette Blubaugh

Hmmmm.

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thesloss 3 years, 7 months ago

How many asst. a.d.'s, associate a.d.'s, or other direct reports to the a.d. will be employed by the new a.d.? Will their salaries exceed that of the average $80K prof. salary? What are their duties as outlined in their job description? Based on L.P.'s contract ... let's take a look at their benefits.

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Bob Forer 3 years, 7 months ago

I like Rodney's fakie tan. I think I am gonna go out and get me one.

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Danielle Brunin 3 years, 7 months ago

Is he wearing blush to highlight his cheekbones? Don't forget to pick that up as a nice addition to the fake tan...

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opobserver 3 years, 7 months ago

That picture of Rodney is at least 6 years old. He doesn't look like that anymore.

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onceajhawkalwaysajhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

OK, I must have missed something along the way......Where is Roger Morningstar in this mess ???

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Bob Forer 3 years, 7 months ago

I can't stop laughing. The so-called elite of the Williams Fund taken in by a two-bit hustler like Lew Perkins and a bevy of fresh faced Kansasv bumpkins with fake tans and bad haircuts.

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yankeevet 3 years, 7 months ago

I guess their salaries were not enough to live on; so they helped theirselves............

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