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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

yankeevet 3 years, 3 months ago

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

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Bob Forer 3 years, 3 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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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 3 months ago

the new AD should have guts to come in and fire everyone including Van Saun. then take applications and start over. That would be taking charge!

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onceajhawkalwaysajhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

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

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opobserver 3 years, 3 months ago

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

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rodentgirl16 3 years, 3 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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Bob Forer 3 years, 3 months ago

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

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thesloss 3 years, 3 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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thesloss 3 years, 3 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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Judgesmails 3 years, 3 months ago

The Blubaughs - TMZ's hottest couple of 2010 !

crickets

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opobserver 3 years, 3 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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twobigones 3 years, 3 months ago

Anyone know where I can get tickets to the court hearing?

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