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KU now charging for garage parking for women's basketball fans

The days of free, covered parking for Jayhawk women’s basketball games is over.

KU basketball ‘mini plans’ include tickets for big games

Kansas University no longer scores enough points-holding, ticket-buying fans to fill Allen Fieldhouse — a loss of demand that is leaving seats for the season’s most intense rivalries available to the general public.

'Challenge' ahead for basketball rules at KU

David Booth can do the math: 13 rules + two sheets of paper + one signature = one heck of a tourist attraction.

Owner of Naismith's ‘Basket Ball’ rules thanks Lawrence, teacher for lessons learned

David Booth, a 1964 LHS graduate, entertained more than 550 attendees at Friday’s Community Education Breakfast by sharing tales of how he purchased the rules for $4.33 million, to be displayed at KU; how he founded a financial firm that today has more than $200 billion under management; and how his name now graces the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which he dubbed “the No. 1 rated business school in this or any other galaxy.”

Final ticket scandal co-conspirator Ben Kirtland awaits designation at Massachusetts federal prison

The last co-conspirator in an operation that stole and sold thousands of tickets for Kansas University basketball and football games is behind bars, awaiting designation in a federal medical complex in Massachusetts.

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Charlette Blubaugh begins serving prison sentence at Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas

Charlette Blubaugh won’t be spending the next four-plus years in camp. Blubaugh, former associate athletics director for ticket operations at Kansas Athletics Inc., started her 57-month prison term last week in a Texas prison for her role in a scheme to steal and resell tickets to regular-season games for football and men’s basketball.

Dad Days to celebrate paternal bonding

KU football coach, columnist to speak about fatherhood

Dads, granddads, fathers-to-be and anyone else of the male persuasion with a connection to younger offspring are invited to pick up tips, share advice and otherwise boost the profile of fatherhood during an event next month.

Prosecutor: No evidence Lew Perkins ‘knowingly participated’ in KU's cash-for-tickets scheme

Federal prosecutors say they don’t anticipate filing any more criminal charges connected with a five-year ticket-stealing scheme that cost Kansas Athletics Inc. at least $2 million.

KU, U.S. Attorney focus on recovering money lost in cash-for-tickets scam

Now that former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees are headed to prison for their roles in a $2 million scheme to steal and sell Kansas University football and basketball tickets, the next step for authorities and campus officials dealing with the repercussions is clear.

Ex-KU athletics official Ben Kirtland sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for role in ticket scam

The man who led fundraising for Kansas Athletics Inc. for more than five years is headed to prison for his role in a ticket-selling scheme that drained at least $2 million from the department and cost some donors opportunities for the seats they deserved at Allen Fieldhouse.

Judge restrains former KU associate athletic director Ben Kirtland and ex-wife from transferring property

Property involved in the divorce case of a former Kansas University athletic administrator — a former associate athletic director awaiting sentencing for his role in a ticket-stealing scheme — cannot be sold, transferred or otherwise assigned, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Kansas Athletics collects insurance on theft claim in ticket scandal

Kansas Athletics Inc. has recovered nearly $340,000 in losses from a tickets scandal that cost the department at least $2 million.

Former associate athletics director Ben Kirtland settles with Kansas Athletics in tickets scheme, awaits sentencing

The highest-ranking onetime Kansas Athletics Inc. employee convicted in a tickets scam that cost the department at least $2 million has repaid $63,000 to the department.

2 in KU tickets scheme sent to prison camps

Two conspirators convicted in the theft and sales of Kansas University football and basketball tickets are now in prison, according to federal officials.

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Former KU athletics ticket official Charlette Blubaugh sentenced to 57 months for her role in cash-for-tickets scheme

Charlette Blubaugh, a former associate athletics director at Kansas Athletics Inc., was sentenced Thursday to prison for her role in a ticket-theft scheme and conspiracy that prosecutors say cost the department at least $2 million.

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KU ticket felons await specific prison assignments

Kassie Liebsch wants to be near her parents in Wisconsin. Rodney Jones would prefer to spend the next few years in nearby Leavenworth. Thomas Blubaugh hasn’t indicated a preference. Just where the three co-conspirators in the KU tickets scandal will be incarcerated depends on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Two others are still awaiting sentencing.

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Former KU athletics consultant Tom Blubaugh sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for role in ticket scam

Thomas Blubaugh, a former consultant to Kansas Athletics Inc., is headed to prison for his role in tickets scheme that prosecutors say cost the department at least $2 million.

Former KU athletics fundraiser Rodney Jones sentenced to 46 months in federal prison

The former leader of fundraising for Kansas University athletics was sentenced Thursday morning to nearly four years in prison for taking part in a $2 million ticket scheme that illegally delivered thousands of tickets for KU basketball and football games to brokers and others.

Former manager of KU athletics ticket office Kassie Liebsch sentenced to 37 months in federal prison

The former manager of the KU ticket office is headed to prison for her role in a $2 million ticket scheme that illegally funneled thousands of tickets for Kansas University basketball and football games to brokers and others.

Google Earth to offer look inside Allen Fieldhouse

A Kansas University graduate plans to introduce the planet to the haunting and hallowed interior of the world’s great basketball arena, just in time for the nation’s biggest weekend for college hoops.

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Brandon Simmons, Jason Jeffries sentenced to two years probation, must repay thousands of dollars in KU ticket scandal

Brandon Simmons and Jason Jeffries will spend the next two years trying to pay back some of the thousands of dollars they took illegally from Kansas Athletics Inc. and, by extension, season-ticket holders, Kansas University fans and Jayhawk supporters overall.

Judge plans to sentence former KU athletic department employees Brandon Simmons, Jason Jeffries to two years of probation

Two former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees are in line to spend two years on probation and pay thousands of dollars in restitution for their roles in a ticket-skimming scheme that cost the department at least $2 million.

Ben Kirtland pleads guilty in federal court to role in KU ticket scam

Ben Kirtland, the onetime leader of fundraising for Kansas Athletics Inc., pleaded guilty Thursday morning in federal court for his role in a ticket scam that cost the department millions of dollars.

Group to decide how to display James Naismith's basketball rules

David Booth wants to display James Naismith’s original rules of “Basket Ball” in Lawrence, at Kansas University, in conjunction with the school’s athletics programs.

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IRS could end up with forfeited funds from those convicted in KU ticket scandal

Three former employees of Kansas Athletics Inc. must pay up to $2 million for scamming to steal, sell and profit from the diversion of tickets to Kansas University football and basketball games, a federal judge has ruled.

Federal government asks judge to order 3 defendants to turn over money gained in KU ticket scam

The federal government is moving forward with plans to collect up to $2 million from three defendants convicted in a scam to steal, sell and profit from diverted tickets to Kansas University football and basketball games.

KU considers options for recovering losses in ticket scandal

Kansas Athletics Inc. knows it lost $1 million to $3 million, and maybe more, when at least six of its employees stole more than 19,000 tickets for football and men’s basketball.

Ex-KU athletics official Ben Kirtland plans to plead guilty to federal charges in ticket scam case

The onetime leader of fundraising for Kansas Athletics Inc. plans to plead guilty later this month in federal court for his role in a tickets scam that cost the department millions of dollars.

Preschoolers at Kennedy School learn importance of KU vs. K-State rivalry in honor of Kansas Day

Kids in Lawrence learn the importance of the KU-Kansas State rivalry early on. Try age 4. “They all know what a Jayhawk is,” said Jill Anderson, a K-State grad who teaches 16 preschoolers at Kennedy School. “When you’re born in Kansas, you’re a Jayhawker — no matter what.”

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Tom Blubaugh pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in KU ticket scandal case

Former consultant is latest to admit guilt in conspiracy case

Tom Blubaugh pleaded guilty Friday to his role in a scam to steal tickets and share in more than $2 million of illegal proceeds generated by selling KU basketball and football tickets through brokers and others.

Charlette Blubaugh pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in KU ticket scandal

Another former ticket manager for Kansas Athletics Inc. has admitted in federal court that she took part in a scheme that converted stolen KU basketball and football tickets into tax-free cash through sales by ticket brokers and others.

Federal judge OKs delay of trial for defendant in KU athletic ticket scam case

A federal judge has agreed to delay the trial for the last remaining defendant charged with conspiring to steal Kansas University athletics tickets, sell them to outsiders and then conceal the proceeds from KU and the IRS.

Charlette and Tom Blubaugh expected to plead guilty in KU ticket scandal case

Two more former employees of Kansas Athletics Inc. are scheduled to plead guilty for their roles in a tickets scheme.

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Rodney Jones pleads guilty for his role in KU ticket scandal

Jones also agrees to cooperate in prosecution of others

For the second time in as many days, a former employee of Kansas Athletics has pleaded guilty for his role in the ongoing ticket scandal at KU.

Kassie Liebsch pleads guilty to wire fraud, faces up to 20 years in prison in KU ticket scandal

Another former Kansas Athletic Department employee pleaded guilty Thursday in federal district court for her role in the KU ticket scandal.

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Judge sets February trial date in Kansas ticket scandal case

The case against five former University of Kansas officials accused of conspiring to steal more than $2 million in sports tickets has been set to go to trial in February.

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Four former KU Athletics officials enter not guilty pleas at preliminary hearing in Wichita; another defendant set for plea change in January

While four of her former colleagues were entering not guilty pleas in U.S. District Court, Kansas Athletics' former director of ticket operations was taking steps to change her plea and — perhaps — begin cooperating with investigators.

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Former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees headed to court in KU ticket scandal case

Five people who raised money from Kansas University ticket buyers, oversaw KU ticket operations or worked to help manage the school’s ticket operations are headed to federal court to face charges.

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KU's Turner Gill helps honor Character Counts award winners at New York School

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill helped honor 11 students and one paraeducator with special awards Thursday during New York School’s monthly Character Counts assembly.

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Federal charges filed against five former Kansas Athletics officials accused of stealing tickets from KU

KU's current head of ticket operations resigns just hours before her name is listed in indictment

The director of ticket operations resigned Thursday morning from Kansas Athletics Inc., as a grand jury indicted her and four others for their roles in an alleged ticket scam prosecutors say cost the department up to $5 million during the past five years.

James Naismith among 8 Wonders of Kansas People

James Naismith ranks among the 8 Wonders of Kansas People. People in all 50 states voted for six individuals, a couple and one group whose prominence included a presence in Kansas. The contest, conducted by the Kansas Sampler Foundation, drew nearly 13,000 completed ballots.

A tall order: getting Wilt Chamberlain on a stamp

A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to team up with Jayhawks across the nation to score what he considers the ultimate honor for a favorite son who went on to become one of Kansas University’s tallest students and the world’s most dominant basketball player: Wilt Chamberlain on a stamp.

Athletic fee at $80 per year for students

Kansas University students provide $80 a year to Kansas Athletics through campus fees, a source of financing that has pumped about $2 million a year into women’s and other nonrevenue sports at Kansas Athletics Inc.

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New A.D. will have full slate of projects

Investments in future of athletics clear from fundraising activity, debt

Kansas University’s next athletics director will be coming into a department with new and expanded facilities developed during Lew Perkins’ seven-year tenure on campus.

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KU chancellor names six-member committee to find new athletics director

Members of a six-member search committee are on the lookout for candidates to become Kansas University’s next athletics director.

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Report: Kansas Athletics debt on the rise

Kansas Athletics Inc. has reported financial liabilities of $93.67 million for the 2008-09 fiscal year, up nearly 57 percent from a year earlier.

Jeffries, Simmons ask for sentencing delay in KU ticket scandal case

A former University of Kansas athletics official has asked a federal judge to delay his sentencing in a case tied to a $1 million ticket scalping scandal at the school.

Former KU Athletics employee Brandon Simmons pleads guilty in ticket scandal

A former assistant athletics director became the second Kansas Athletics Inc. employee to plead guilty in connection with a scandal involving more than $1 million worth of tickets the university says were stolen by insiders.

Former KU Athletics employee Jason Jeffries pleads guilty to ticket scandal charges

A former KU Athletics employee who resigned in the wake of the million dollar ticket scandal pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita.

No criminal charges to be filed against man accused of blackmailing KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins

Douglas County prosecutors don’t plan on filing a criminal case against a former Kansas Athletics Inc. employee accused of blackmailing Athletics Director Lew Perkins over use of loaned personal exercise equipment.

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