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Originally published June 9, 2010 at 07:12p.m., updated June 9, 2010 at 08:40p.m.

Internal review clears KU’s Perkins of wrongdoing

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A Kansas University internal review of a former employee’s claims against Athletics Director Lew Perkins has found “no evidence” to substantiate them.

The results of the review focused on three claims made by former Kansas Athletics employee William Dent in an article published in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

KU officials found no evidence to support Dent’s claims of an exchange of exercise equipment for preferential seating, drug-testing irregularities or ineligible student-athletes.

The reviewers, vice provost Mary Lee Hummert and human resources program director Allen Humphrey, talked with Dent, a former Kansas Athletics employee who resigned in 2007, at length, according to a KU release.

The review determined he refused to provide specific information with respect to an allegation of drug-testing policy irregularities or the names of ineligible student-athletes.

Dent had also alleged that exercise equipment had been exchanged for favorable seating for Patrick Carpenter and Mark Glass, co-owners of the former Medical Outfitters company. Carpenter and Glass denied Dent’s claim.

The KU review showed that Medical Outfitters had made an in-kind contribution to Kansas Athletics for a whirlpool for use by the athletics corporation, and not for Perkins.

The gift was accidentally not credited to Carpenter’s account in 2004-05, but was credited the following season, which resulted in an improvement to his seats.

A separate ethical question regarding exercise equipment that Glass has reported he loaned to Perkins at no cost was not addressed in the KU internal review.

State law prohibits government employees from accepting many types of loans or gifts. Perkins has referred that matter to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said that with these findings, Perkins and Kansas Athletics officials can renew their focus on the Big 12 Conference realignment issue.

“I have full confidence in Lew and his ability to focus on what is best for our student-athletes and the University of Kansas in the days ahead,” Gray-Little said in a statement.

The KU review included interviews with Dent, Perkins and others inside and outside KU. Reviewers inspected seating records and other documents, and examined reports compiled by Kansas Athletics compliance staff on drug testing and eligibility.

Comments

kansaspike 11 years, 4 months ago

OK good.....now start doing your job as AD and do something about this mess!!

KUBlue0809 11 years, 4 months ago

Good to hear. Lew has done an incredible job with our athletic program the last few years. Now is the tough part. Insure our relevancy in 10 years!

1439bank 11 years, 4 months ago

alright...now work on getting us into the SEC

Ozarkace68 11 years, 4 months ago

Thank God for small favors. Maybe now we can get off his back and let the man focus on the issues at hand. The Chancellor has certainly proven herself as a most competent and worthy administrator and merits our full support as well, as this idiotic battle wages on.

As I have said before it is unfortunate that pragmatic, rational, thinking and common sense should prevail but it appears it is too late to have a wait and see attitude on this save the Big XII issue. It is clearly all about the money.

We have two individuals with the vision, leadership skills, and decisiveness to right the ship and set the institution on it's most advantageous course for the future.

I would love to hear the recruiting strategies being worked out in Oklahoma where coaches can tell prospective student athletes to come to Stillwater where you can go to school at OSU and fly to Tempe to play our rival of 2 years Arizona State. Go Cowboys beat the ???? Now what was their school mascot? Unless T. Boone steps in and spends some sense into them.

By the way, check out the Pac 10 office. There is an administrator there who should be familiar to Kansan's and Big XII followers. He knows the takeover territory too well.

d_prowess 11 years, 4 months ago

Lew needs to convince the Pac-10 that KU would be a better fit than Baylor or Colorado. I think that is a tall order since CU is a much better fit geographically, but given their horrible AD budget and today's announcement that they are losing scholarships, it wouldn't be crazy. However, no matter where CU stands athletically, they will always have the Denver market, which is more than we can offer...

Ron Prichard 11 years, 4 months ago

Alright. Now let's get to work ensuring we remain a BCS school for the next 30 years. With NU going to the Big 10, the job just got really, really difficult.

CaramelMacchMan 11 years, 4 months ago

Alright!! Great news! Time to get busy and find a conference for us.

TtownHawk 11 years, 4 months ago

I second what everyone else said, go get us a conference...

jhokfan 11 years, 4 months ago

Finally, some good news. Looks like that virgin sacrifice to the sports gods paid off.

jchief40 11 years, 4 months ago

Lew break the law to save us PLEASE!!!

100 11 years, 4 months ago

Sources have confirmed that the Pac10 will not invite Kansas to be part of the Pac16 due to fear of one university from the middle of the United States dominating a 16 team women's volleyball conference in mens basketball.

Oh, hey OSU! Have fun playing against OSU! (by the way you two have the same colors, you cutie pies you, ohhhh how sweet you two will be at the prom wearing matching outfits and eachothers initials tatooed on each others cheeks).

Also OSU, have fun paying $100,000 in travel expenses everytime your women's soccer team makes a trip. And that's just one loss!

And you still have to fly home!

Did you remember your checkbook Tboone, sounds like a great investment!

Spencer Goff 11 years, 4 months ago

First positive thing in KU athletics in a year or so?

Jonathan Allison 11 years, 4 months ago

In a separate report: The lead investigator into the Lew Perkins ethics complaint has two front row season tickets to Allen Fieldhouse up for sale on craigslist.

PJ Karasek 11 years, 4 months ago

I sure hope this is the positive news we needed to get this crazy year turned around. Go snag us an elite conference bid, Lew, and let's put 09/10 behind us.

Joel Hood 11 years, 4 months ago

Lew's status is not safe yet.

"...A separate ethical question regarding exercise equipment that Glass has reported he loaned to Perkins at no cost was not addressed in the KU internal review.

State law prohibits government employees from accepting many types of loans or gifts. Perkins has referred that matter to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission..."

This is the issue that could really bite him in the rear. If he accepted this no cost "loan" of exercise equipment, valued between $15K-$30K, for his personal use, and only made a payment after he knew it would go public, then he is in trouble. It would clearly demonstrate that he tolerated and participated in a culture that expected special perks. If that was the case, then no wonder Rodney Jones & his ilk were so brazenly stealing and then scalping tickets.

Lew is not out of the woods - more to come...

jaybate 11 years, 4 months ago

Class, jayhawkerjoel gets an A+ for reading to the end of the story. :-)

Steve Brown 11 years, 4 months ago

If Lew paid Orange bowl officials to take us over Misery, his attorney offered to pay the blackmailer, now time to weld the big stick.

get donor AEG to offer Michael Jackson 100 million $$ campus tour spots to schools in the conference he wants us to jump into.... ooops MJ is no longer dancing... well maybe lady gaga or beyonce. We don't have TV sets, so use the leverage we have to create.

beenahawk 11 years, 4 months ago

Wow! Hummert and Humphrey must have scored some GREAT tickets with that verdict. I mean in all honesty, the guy gets $30k of equipment in 2005 and finally decides to pay rent in April of 2010 and these two can't find anything wrong!!!???

Joel Hood 11 years, 4 months ago

Read the article. Their investigation didn't cover this issue. It is being reviewed by the Kansas Ethics Commission.

These two people have impeccable reputations - please don't imply wrong doing on their part. They are well-respected professionals and alums of KU.

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