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Who should shoulder the most blame for the Kansas Athletics ticket scandal?

Response Percent Votes
The staff members involved
 
47% 1745
KU Athletics leadership
 
46% 1727
University administrators
 
5% 214
Total 3686

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 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!

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br549 3 years, 11 months ago

Who should shoulder the most blame for the Kansas Athletics ticket scandal? Why W of course. Ask tomatogrower

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equalaccessprivacy 3 years, 11 months ago

Get rid of the double-talking, diversity-hating General Counsel.

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Uhjh 3 years, 11 months ago

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.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 11 months ago

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.

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bobberboy 3 years, 11 months ago

I think it was the devil made um do it.

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JS82 3 years, 11 months ago

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.

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sourpuss 3 years, 11 months ago

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.

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BigAl 3 years, 11 months ago

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.

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justfornow 3 years, 11 months ago

No question at all...George W. Bush

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Ceallach 3 years, 11 months ago

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.

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TrooGrit 3 years, 11 months ago

It's on Lew, he should know what goes on in his own department! One of his responsibilities would have been to insure that there were proper controls in place, not just trust all his cronies he brought in. What the hell are we paying Lew for, anyway? For NOT doing his job?!?

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tomatogrower 3 years, 11 months ago

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.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 11 months ago

WE forgot the PORNSTAR....how was that ticket paid for?...YUK..YUK..!

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yankeevet 3 years, 11 months ago

KU Athletics; just a bunch of rich crooks.......................

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Charlie Bannister 3 years, 11 months ago

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.

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 11 months ago

This reminds me of the watergate scandal... everybody bashed Nixon , just because he got caught, doing something that politicians had been doing for years, and still do, to this day.

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g_rock 3 years, 11 months ago

I blame Joe College.

This has been going on at KU for decades upon decades. But these are the folks that will take the blame. They knew what they were doing. They benefited. But it was a part of the system. I sort of feel sorry for them in that they are but a drop in the bucket but the ones that will be blamed for contaminating the pool.

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Gootsie 3 years, 11 months ago

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.

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tange 3 years, 11 months ago

I think Lew should mouth the most words of "responsibility" for it, since "... [he's the] athletic director and this happened during [his] watch."

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jayhawklawrence 3 years, 11 months ago

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.

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tophawk87 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm sure Jill Docking is asking Big Lew whether he might like sitting on the beach somewhere next season....

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JackRipper 3 years, 11 months ago

You're right, after seven years and many millions of dollars in salary to run the show it is too much to ask. The scheme may have gone on a year before he got here but he did implement the points system which would seem to have an obligation to the contributors to show they were getting the best seats for what they paid. And considering all the lengths he has gone through to cut everybody out of the loop, the local scalpers, t shirt vendors, etc to have a sleazebag felon best friends with the guys in the office might be a little questionable especially when swaggering around with a huge Cuban cigar in your mouth? Someone posted the link to a list of questionable activities that have gone on in the last 8 years at KUAC. Perhaps someone has the link again? Very disturbing.

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opobserver 3 years, 11 months ago

According to Yahoo Sports this started before Lew. I hope there are indictments for these crooks giving Kansas a bad name.

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2002 3 years, 11 months ago

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.

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JackRipper 3 years, 11 months ago

Mooch, don't think you get it, until you take the money angle out of it completely it is going to stink. The whole reason everyone went ape crazy thinking we needed the highest paid ad in the country is to increase the profits for companies living off the side show which has now turned KU into a disgusting looking freak show with the massive practice fields and bunker, the Russian shoe factory on the hill overlooking it all, the changes to make games a place to do business deals instead of for the loyal fans who sat an watched the games for years in all kind of weather win or lose. It is time to say sports are a small and insignificant part of university life and let the businesses in Lawrence make money doing things people in town need instead of transforming downtown into Aggieville. How about letting KU draw students here who want to study, not cheat, and excel academically and don't need glitz and glamor to do it.

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Healthcare_Moocher 3 years, 11 months ago

Anyone that has ever been around places funded by tax dollars, know, there are no secrets. There is no doubt that Lew Perkins knew this was going on, especially, because of how long it had been going on. If he didn't then he is just as guilty for not knowing what was going on in his department. I am also sure, there was a fall guy in place to protect him. Sad thing is, that person is going to be a rich man when he gets out of prison, Lew will see to that.

Now is the time to get rid of Lew with no contract buy out. Taking the KU/MU game to Arrowhead effected all business in this town, and cost the taxpayers many thousands of dollars from everything from Hotels/motels to bars and eating places. You pile this on top and the time has come.

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shorttrees 3 years, 11 months ago

Where's the "All of the above" voting option?

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tophawk87 3 years, 11 months ago

No wonder games were always "sold out" when I tried to buy tickets for my kids. What a joke...see ya later Lew...

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macon47 3 years, 11 months ago

this is gonna be a hey day for the lew haters come on beat him like he beat on mangino for losiing foot ball games

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 11 months ago

Hey! Anybody seen 17,609 men’s basketball tickets? They must be around here someplace. Oh, never mind, they'll turn up.

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