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Two guilty pleas expected in KU athletics ticket scandal

Two former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees are facing federal charges that they knew about a ticket-theft scheme without telling authorities in a timely manner.

Bad smell near KU's fields should dissipate with a little bit of heat, sun

A foul smell wafting across 19th Street near Ousdahl Road should soon dissipate, as construction crews prepare to clean up after their dirt-hauling operations in the area, a KU official said.

Kansas Athletics board may get outside help in wake of ticket scandal

Lew Perkins may soon have company in the leadership ranks at Kansas Athletics Inc.

KU Endowment Association President says KU going to be 'OK'

No, Dale Seuferling doesn’t have any inside information about the fate of the Big 12 Conference, nor the future partners for Kansas University athletics.

What does it mean for KU?

All this talk of conference realignment often spurs concerns about Kansas University athletes missing more class time because of increased travel demands, or coaches struggling to recruit athletes without the help of a strong Big 12, or even fans missing out on familiar trips to schools that have become woven into the fabric of KU’s athletics history.

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Kivistos fall behind on donations pledged to Kansas Athletics

Two of the most generous donors for Kansas Athletics Inc. in recent years did not fulfill their pledge for the past year, money that had been expected to help finance KU’s new football practice facility.

Alumni, locals react to Perkins' retirement

Dana Anderson, a major KU booster whose contributions have helped establish the Anderson Family Strength Center and the Anderson Family Football Complex, said that Lew Perkins had mentioned the “concept” of retirement several times during the past year.

KU staff members conducting review of equipment loan

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has appointed two university staffers to review KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins’ free use of rehabilitation equipment in his home, use that has led Perkins to report that he had been blackmailed by a former employee. Perkins also recently paid $5,000 to cover the fair rental value of the equipment, which he had returned last year.

Regent: KU must rebuild support

No matter what comes of federal investigations or personnel changes or anything else relating to the tickets and blackmail issues swirling around Kansas Athletics Inc., both Athletics Director Lew Perkins and Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will have some work to do repairing the damage left behind, the chairwoman of the Kansas Board of Regents says.

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KU chancellor orders review of equipment loan allegations, cautions against rush to judgment of Perkins

Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is ordering an internal review of allegations that Athletics Director Lew Perkins improperly accepted free use of rehabilitation equipment at his Lawrence home.

KU to seek insurance payment to cover losses from diverted tickets

Kansas University still hasn’t been billed for an internal investigation that documented the diversion of nearly 20,000 football and basketball tickets by five former employees and a paid consultant.

KU chancellor to report on Athletics Director Lew Perkins' job status

Employees diverting tickets for personal gain, his department missing out on more than $1 million in revenue, his personnel policies called into question and, now, questions surfacing about his free use of rehabilitation equipment in his Lake Alvamar home, equipment now part of a reported case of blackmail. Throughout it all, Lew Perkins is confident he’ll weather the storm that continues to build around him as Kansas University’s athletics director.

KU Athletic Director Perkins victim of alleged blackmail scheme

A Lawrence police report has surfaced identifying Kansas University Athletics Director Lew Perkins as the victim of blackmail.

Kansas Athletics pledges to go 'above and beyond' to restore confidence of Jayhawk community

Kansas Athletics Inc. officials plan to go “above and beyond” the recommended fixes for their broken ticket-distribution system, one that permitted the documented diversion of nearly 20,000 football and basketball tickets for the personal gain of five former employees and a paid consultant.

How the scam happened and what KU is doing about it

Employees took tickets that otherwise would go to donors, then sold them to brokers.

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More than $1 million worth of KU basketball, football tickets involved in ticket scam

AD Perkins: "I accept responsibility. I don't accept responsibility for anything criminal or any of those things."

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, Athletics Director Lew Perkins, University General Counsel Jim Pottorff and Jack Focht of Foulston Siefkin are addressing the media at the press conference at the Dole Institute of Politics.

Two more resignations for officials with ties to KU ticket office

Two more officials with ties to the athletics ticket office at Kansas University have resigned, Kansas Athletics Inc. announced Friday.

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Dr. Bob Run, a 5K, set for Saturday on KU campus

Bob Frederick liked to run on campus. Now a 5K run, jog and walk is lined up for 8 a.m. Saturday, with proceeds to benefit a scholarship established in his name.

Lawrence developer David Freeman gets 18-month sentence in bribery case, attorney says client discussed KU Athletics scandal with FBI, IRS

Lawrence developer David Freeman was sentenced to 18 months in prison Thursday morning in a bribery case relating to a Junction City housing project.

Williams Fund head formally resigns; Perkins chooses interim associate director

Rodney Jones has resigned as an assistant athletics director at Kansas Athletics Inc., marking the third person to leave the department as a ticket scandal emerged amid an ongoing federal investigation and led to a continuing internal review.

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Perkins game for dealing with adversity

KU athletic director is candid during interview at Dole

Rest assured, Lew Perkins is looking forward to the end of a federal investigation and the completion of an independent review into the operations of his ticket office and Williams Educational Fund — and not just because he’s embarrassed or because he holds himself accountable.

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Kansas Athletics, Joe-College settle legal issues

Joe-College won’t have to pay the $127,000 in damages or more than $650,000 in legal fees owed to Kansas Athletics Inc. from a trademark-infringement lawsuit filed to stop the printing and selling of T-shirts.

Fundraising chief for Kansas Athletics resigns as reviews of operations continue

Ben Kirtland, the man in charge of all fundraising for Kansas Athletics Inc., resigned Monday as an independent review continues into operations of the KU Ticket Office and Williams Educational Fund, and after federal law enforcement began looking into potential illegalities regarding ticket sales.

E-mail from Kansas Athletics aims to reassure donors

Kansas Athletics Inc. is assuring its donors that their contributions are safe and secure, as questions swirl about an independent review of the department’s ticket office and Williams Fund.

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Joe-College.com to close Wednesday as settlement talks continue with KU, Kansas Athletics

Joe-College.com, a T-shirt business whose unlicensed merchandise has riled officials at Kansas Athletics Inc. and Kansas University, will close Wednesday.

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Former KU Athletics Board Chair calls allegations of impropriety 'disturbing'

With an independent review seeking answers regarding operations involving Kansas Athletics Inc.’s ticket office and Williams Fund, others are posing questions of their own.

Supporters of KU athletics standing behind KU, despite federal and internal investigations

People who support Kansas Athletics Inc. and oversee the university itself are confident that investigations into potential illegal distribution of tickets for Kansas University athletics events will not lead to the discovery of widespread problems.

Perkins names interim director of Williams Fund

KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins announced Wednesday evening that he’s appointed Jennifer Berquist, associate director of the Williams Fund, as its interim director.

Regents vice chair: KU ticket investigation 'goes deeper' than a simple campus matter

An internal investigation at Kansas University — and, by extension, stretching into federal law enforcement — is looking into potentially illegal activities regarding the distribution of athletics tickets.

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March sadness for Jayhawks: OKC end of the road for KU fans

Down one with 42.8 seconds left, his Jayhawks breathing with new life after staggering all game to catch up with Northern Iowa, Tyshawn Taylor went for the steal. And missed.

KU's next victory: It's in the cards — or is that the socks?

Sure, the Kansas Jayhawks are supposed to win the NCAA Tournament. Oddsmakers say so. All of America says so. The president says so.

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Game spurs KU fans’ hopes for another championship

Now that Lehigh is out of the way, you’d think Kansas fans might be ready to brace for the possible: A tough game with No. 9 seed Northern Iowa, champion of the Missouri Valley Conference, loser of four games all year.

KU fans stand tall as NCAA play begins

They say television adds 15 pounds, but the screen also manages to shave six or more inches from KU players, coaches and anyone else wearing crimson and blue on the sidelines at Ford Center.

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Rivalry between Jayhawk, Wildcat fans heating up in Oklahoma City

President Obama may be picking Kansas to beat Kansas State two weeks from now in the Final Four, but the in-state rivalry already is heating up in the stands, on the streets and in the bars of Oklahoma City.

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Jayhawks bring game, young fans bring luck to OKC

KU’s basketball players will be wearing white uniforms for as long as they play in the NCAA Tournament, and they’ll be looking forward to seeing plenty of blue every stage along the way.

Kansas prepares road trip to Oklahoma City

Kansas University’s first stop on the Road to the Final Four is 316 miles away, and plenty of Jayhawks plan to be making the trip down the Kansas Turnpike and Interstate 35.

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Indianapolis booked up for Final Four

So, Kansas fans, you’re already looking forward to the Final Four: Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium, bars on Meridian and a weekend of revelry matched only by that wonderful trip to San Antonio a couple of years ago, having jammed the River Walk and left with a national championship trophy.

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KU athletics director places Williams Fund official on administrative leave

A point man for helping Williams Fund donors connect with Kansas Athletics Inc. — including access to postseason basketball tickets — has been placed on administrative leave by Athletics Director Lew Perkins.

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Naismith to live on in bronze

Lawrence artist pays tribute to inventor of basketball

James Naismith rests in peace at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, but a bronze likeness of the inventor of basketball soon will live on near the place the game was born.

Basketball fans will have to mind their watches during Saturday's KU women's basketball game

Free parking available, but must be vacated in time for men's game that follows soon after

Texas will play the KU women, and Iowa State will be in town to take on the KU men, but yet another intense competition will be played out between the two basketball games Saturday afternoon and evening at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU football fields new ticket prices, locations

One new coach. Eighteen incoming signees. Three thousand new seats still planned by the end of this year.

Kansas Athletics buys Lawrence's First Serve Tennis Center

$3.1M deal gives permanent home to women’s team

The Kansas University women’s tennis team has a place to call its own, now that Kansas Athletics Inc. has paid $3.1 million to acquire First Serve Tennis Center from owner Mike Elwell.

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Gridiron Club moving forward, but behind schedule

Kansas Athletics Inc. knows how big the new Gridiron Club will be, how much it will cost and even who will be building it on the east side of Memorial Stadium.

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Gridiron Club raises $4 million so far, but project remains 'full speed ahead'

Millions in funding still needed, but 2010 opening remains target

A project to build a new Gridiron Club at Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium remains on track for opening in time for the Jayhawks’ next football season.

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Roy Williams puts up a few points in bookstore battle

Self’s book a clear winner, but former coach still has fans

Rock Chalk it up to home-court advantage. As expected, Bill Self’s chronicle of coaching basketball at Kansas, “Bill Self: At Home in the Phog,” continues to outpace the latest literary effort from his predecessor: “Hard Work” by Roy Williams. In Lawrence, anyway.

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KU athletics offering promotions leading to men's basketball tickets for as little as $10

Unused student seats being resold

Tickets for selected games featuring America’s top-ranked college basketball team are being sold for less than the price of a souvenir mini KU basketball.

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Kansas Athletics seeks football fans to invest $34M for Gridiron Club

Kansas football stock is taking a beating this season, just as its top officials ask fans to invest in what could amount to more than a $200 million Initial Public Offering.

KU follows Cal financing game plan

Kansas Athletics Inc. didn’t come up with the idea for a new Gridiron Club on its own, or at least not the vehicle for financing it.

Recession makes large donations harder to come by

As Kansas Athletics Inc. seeks support for building a $34 million Gridiron Club atop Memorial Stadium, pumping $25 million into building an Olympic Village for nonrevenue sports, and sending $40 million up Mount Oread to address academic needs, officials are counting on loyal KU fans and supporters to make the vision a reality.

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Documents show what it looks like when Mangino loses his temper

Coach accused of berating student parking employee in 2007, has not had a ticket since

The summer before Kansas football would embark on its most successful season in history, the team’s coach would be accused of verbally berating a KU student who had issued him the latest of nearly two dozen tickets for illegally parking in a loading zone near his office.