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Hey! Anybody seen 17,609 men’s basketball tickets? They must be around here someplace.
Oh, never mind, they'll turn up.
There they are! Wait .... nope. It's just 2,181 football tickets.
No wonder games were always "sold out" when I tried to buy tickets for my kids. What a joke...see ya later Lew...
Where's the "All of the above" voting option?
No, but it is supplied funding by student fees...which is like a tax.
This scheme went back a while, before Lew. It looks to me like you had some corrupt employees. I can't see how the blame can be on the AD unless there is a whole lot more information.
According to Yahoo Sports this started before Lew. I hope there are indictments for these crooks giving Kansas a bad name.
I'm sure Jill Docking is asking Big Lew whether he might like sitting on the beach somewhere next season....
I think it is time we paid the college athletes or gave them lifetime free tuition at any school in the country.
The whole system takes advantage of kids and covers it up with a lot of absolute BS.
Look at the price of these tickets. It has gotten rediculous.
I would feel better about paying some worthy kids a salary rather than watching these old geezers pocket the money and smoke their big fat cigars.
I have to think that you have x tickets, and expect y income. You have z income which isn't close to y so you find out why.
You'd never see it ... if you never looked.
Time to lend just a touch of perspective to this. Let's say you work in the private sector and this kind of corruption pops up due to an internal investigation. Who is going to be held responsible? More than likely the head of that department will lose his job. If Perkins really did not know about this then he is a bumbling idiot who does not know what is going on in his own department. If he did know and is lying about it, he should be prosecuted along with the rest of them. Either way he should be replaced.
KU Athletics; just a bunch of rich crooks.......................
WE forgot the PORNSTAR....how was that ticket paid for?...YUK..YUK..!
With a lot of "back-breaking" work i would guess.
If it was going on before Lew got here, then continued, I say it's his fault. If I was going to take on a high profile job with such a huge budget, I would ask for an audit in the beginning, so I would start out with a clean, straight slate, not carrying the baggage from before. Piss poor management.
As much as it pains me to defend Lew, this was not just a case of someone taking a few tickets and getting caught. Several of the groups' members were in administrative positions that allowed them do it and cover it up. They just weren't good enough to bury it forever.
justfornow, I understand the sarcasm. And like it or not, the Bush Administration did cause a lot of damage but not this. Lew should be held responsible for cleaning it up but not for the act. This is basically embezzlement from 5 or 6 employees and they should be legally punished. KU is a victim.
I don't think Lew knew, but it would behoove KU Athletics to create a system of internal auditing and disclosure. If they want to give away seats, then designate some "free seats" that can never be sold. Otherwise, they should not be in the business of scalping their own tickets, for whatever reason. Just don't "give away" actual tickets and don't allow the complimentary seats to be sold.
As for tournament tickets, schools that do not advance should just sell the tickets for face value to the advancing schools. Problem solved.
I agree with g_rock. The problems with complimentary tickets have been going on for a long time. These people just organized it and took it to a new level where they converted the tickets into dollars. It became so ingrained in the system that no audit was going to find it because you can't audit what can't be seen.
Lew Perkins should be held accountable. One of his hand-picked people jumped in and took money rather than being loyal to Lew.In the work that I do I have seen several embezzlement schemes and many times these things run for awhile before being caught because they are good at covering their tracks. It is terrible and the ripple effects won't be known for awhile. I hope the Roger Morningstar accusations are not correct. That would be even more disappointing.
Jason Whitlock has some good commentary on the NCAA and this situation. If the FBI and IRS are onto this case, there are lots of high-profile schools who should be worried. Start with Texas. There is no excuse for this, and I think Perkins may survive it, but it's econ 101, folks, supply and demand. They will find a suitable underling or two to throw under the bus. The biggest problem may be income tax evasion and not reporting the money for those who got most of the 'profits.' I'd hate to be responsible for the tax bills some of these folks may get.
Let’s apply the three strikes rule for Big Lew: 1) Cronyism (special treatment and preference given to friends or colleagues and family); 2) The Mangino mess; 3) The ticket fiasco. So Lew be a good soldier and fall on your sword.
We accepted letting family make some big bucks just because Lew wanted it. Cronyism has no place at KU and should be stopped by a superior authority like the Regions. Mangino was blindsided by Lew who was a previous supporter. The ticket mess was born out of a culture of looking the other way until you are caught. Couple this with a somewhat favorable investigation involving an alumni attorney who knows better than implicate you and one can only arrive at a term called, in Kansas, bull sh!t. Come on Lew it’s over you and the taint you placed on KU sports is fouler than any spray by a skunk. Just take your little circus show as far from the fair city of Lawrence as possible and slither with the rest of the reptiles.
Get rid of the double-talking, diversity-hating General Counsel.
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!
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