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Should athletics director Lew Perkins resign as a result of the KU ticket scandal?

Asked at Wayne and Larry’s Sports Bar, 933 Iowa on May 27, 2010

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“If he was aware of the situation when he took the job and did not make the effort to correct it, then he ought to look for work elsewhere.”

Photo of Chris Eubank

“Yes, he should. This and the Mangino fiasco kind of ices it for me.”

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“Yes, because it’s something he should have been aware of as it was going on. I believe he should be held responsible in some way.”

Photo of Cindy Koester

“No, I think while he is ultimately responsible for everything that goes on in that department, I don’t think he knew anything about it and he’s taking the steps to correct it.”


sickofittoo 7 years, 10 months ago

Lew was too busy going after Joe College he should have been paying attention to what was going on instead of going after the little guy.

RoeDapple 7 years, 10 months ago

I hate tofu. Really. It's like eating a piece of rotted but flavorless leather. Nutrition? Yeah, great . . . tree bark has nutrition. And more flavor. Tofu is next to worthless unless it is prepared as filler for something else. Then, just as you're chewing a tasty bite of . . . whatever, you sink your teeth into the unmistakable but indescribable texture of one of those little cubes. But I'm told there are literally thousands of ways to include tofu in our diet, so I will give it another chance. Maybe I can find it in powder form then add a half teaspoon or so into the biscuit dough or pancake batter. Mixing it in with the morning wake up flavors of maple syrup, buttery biscuits, hot black coffee, . . . well it might just mask it enough to choke it down. I doubt it, but I'll try.

Just don't tell the guys at the hunting lodge.

Jaylee 7 years, 9 months ago

I've had it blended and mixed with cheese/butter/oil to make sauces like stroganoff or alfredo and that was yummy.

Far as ways I have not had it yet, 10th St. Veggie Bistro has tofu Brownies!!

And some people / places just know how to make dank tofu. Thai Siam has a delicious Tofu Panang Curry!

My favorite way at home, so far, is a slab in a grilled sandwich with cream cheese and bbq sauce, but I wouldn't suggest that one to you ha

Chris Ogle 7 years, 10 months ago

Lew Who??? No , sorry he no longer works here.

yankeevet 7 years, 10 months ago

Perhaps he was so busy going after Mangino; he did not look in "his own backyard"; so what if Mangino lost a few games; at least he was not a crook; thief; and a vote is too fire the whole KU Athletic staff...........and the ones who stole money ; pay back all the money; and go to prison; bubba awaits you all...............

Steve Miller 7 years, 10 months ago

Heres the chance, send him packin like the rest of the crew got, right or wrong, it's an opportunity to finish cleaning house. Take it.

4everahawk 7 years, 10 months ago

Keegan said Lew was not a 'micro-manager'......if only you knew.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 10 months ago

He can stay, but only if he eats a bug on live TV, a bug with big fuzzy legs!

CLARKKENT 7 years, 10 months ago



LEW IS GUILTY!!!!!!!!!!

gl0ck0wn3r 7 years, 10 months ago

Yes. Five of his ADs were dirty and the majority of those people were hired or promoted quickly under Lew. It is obvious reading the report that Lew has very little institutional control and relied heavily on single reporting lines with very little oversight. With the (large) exception of educating student-athletes, the two main functions of the athletic department are to generate revenue through ticket sales and donations. Both of those functions were compromised by people who directly report to Lew and the damage will be long lasting.

equalaccessprivacy 7 years, 10 months ago

The way authority and power operate in the world by means of a disingenuous blame game is pathetically stomach-turning. It might be time for the university to look at switching General Counsels though. The people in that office right now are just toxically unethical, unknowledgable about the law, and not even very good at managing damage control. It's all about blaming and framing the victim for offices like the KU General Counsel and HR---they do an incredibly heavy-handed, sadistically vindictive job in that area too.

Tom McCune 7 years, 10 months ago

A ticket scandal at KU? That's sort of like gambling at Rick's. I'm shocked.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

Yes he should go.

Number one reason: for moving KU home games to KCMO screwing local taxpayers out of tons of revenue and lots of fun.

Number 2: How could Lew Perkins and/or his staff not have heard of this activity? Been going on since 2005.

Again YES it is time for Lew Perkins to resign!


Tony Kisner 7 years, 10 months ago

Lew has created a money culture and it came back on him. I think KU should spin KUAI off in a IPO and be done with it.

xyz 7 years, 10 months ago

Yep, Lew should resign!!!

Hmmm, maybe the Chancellor is letting him sweat while the fed report is being completed to see if he has any conscience at all and leaves before she kicks his a$$ back to the east coast.

Martha Oldham 7 years, 10 months ago

It is time to go Lew! Do you need help getting to the train station?

oldvet 7 years, 10 months ago

Great idea!!! Obama just accepted the blame for the oil spill in the Gulf...

jayhawklawrence 7 years, 10 months ago

I am not a big fan of Lew Perkins, but then, I have never met the guy.

I think putting all the blame on Perkins is unfair. I see this the same way I would a business that was embezzled by the CFO or the accountant.

It happens all the time and you don't fire the owners of the business. They are the victims.

The guys stealing tickets were very slick operators.

If you want to have people fall on their swords, look at Wall Street or Congress.

opobserver 7 years, 9 months ago

I agree! These thieves are responsible....not Lew. "The guys stealing the tickets were very slick operators" Well, they "thought" the were slick. Arrogrant. Never get caught. I hope they re held acountable financially, so when they get out of jail, hey spend their lives paying back the money. They were overpaid to begin with, and they still got greedy. They deserve to serve time for this. Believe me. There is sure to be more involved. Money laundering - setting up these "companies" to aid in the ticket scam, is going to get bad - but not for Lew, for the six crooks.

4everahawk 7 years, 10 months ago

But he doesn't OWN athletics - he only THINKS he does....this could and should have been prevented if only everyone wasn't turning a blind eye either out of fear of losing their jobs (how great is THAT atmosphere!!??) or allowing it and just not wanting to deal with it because it would cause a outcry in the community.......guess what, it was ignored and it STILL was reported from someone on the OUTSIDE and ultimately there has been horrible results anyway.

tophawk87 7 years, 10 months ago

Apparently the Chancellor is not strong enough to fire Lew Perkins....

Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

This athletic thing has obviously become so corrupt not only at KU but in Lawrence special interest politics as well.

PLAY,USD 497,Clinton Lake Regional Park = probably $60 million - $75 million. Taxpayers will never ever recoup this kind of reckless spending!

davidsmom 7 years, 10 months ago

The story was in the Chronicle of Higher Education the past couple of days. There is a segment of folks in higher ed that believe big time athletics goes contrary to the mission of IHEs, and this story is the best evidence yet. And if it had happened at a small school whose athletics department has to be subsidized by the general fund, then the outcry would have been deafening. But instead the story got exactly one little comment. Considering that many stories in the Chronicle get dozens of comments, this is equivalent to "Ho, hum."

I work at another university, where a couple of years ago we also made the front page of the Chronicle for a couple of professors in the Psychology Dept. who were accused of several years of sexual harassment of research assistants and fellow faculty. I wondered how the University would ever live it down.

It blew over within a few months.

This will, too.

notobsessed 7 years, 10 months ago

This will probably get worse before it blows over...

purplesage 7 years, 10 months ago

I don't know about resign but the whole crowd should take a pay cut.

4everahawk 7 years, 10 months ago

Don't understand why, when given the opportunity, the investigation didn't go a little deeper into the operation of athletics? Why wasn't their HR dept and the business office checked out? According to exhibits provided, their chief financial officer as well as another of his assoc. ADs signed off on those invoices to Tom Blubaugh and Lew wasn't aware Tom was receiving payment for at least the last 2 yrs? Reports of how much money he was bringing in and all the raises and bonuses he was receiving is disgusting, considering the reputation they have for not paying their bills in a timely fashion.

pace 7 years, 10 months ago

Yes, he should. If he didn't care about ticket distribution when anyone who read the papers or went to games knew there was something rotten, then he isn't suited to the job.

yankeevet 7 years, 9 months ago

One thing about this; is that he was well paid; for what he did or did not do.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

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