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Originally published November 4, 2010 at 09:10a.m., updated November 4, 2010 at 09:13a.m.

Hearing on ethics complaint against former KU AD Lew Perkins re-scheduled for January

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— A hearing on the ethics complaint against former Kansas University Athletics Director Lew Perkins has been delayed until January, officials said Thursday.

Perkins faces allegations that he violated a state law that bans gifts to state officials. A complaint before the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission alleges that he violated the law by accepting free exercise equipment and physical therapy sessions.

Last month, the Ethics Commission scheduled a public hearing in the matter for Nov. 16.

But Perkins' attorney Stephen McAllister requested a continuance, saying Perkins would be out of the state on that day because of a previous commitment, according to Ethics Commission general counsel Judy Moler. The hearing has been re-scheduled for Jan. 25, she said.

The complaint includes two counts.

The first one alleges that in 2005, Perkins, as athletics director at KU, accepted at no cost exercise equipment from Medical Outfitters, a now defunct Lenexa company. The equipment remained in his home until 2009, the complaint states.

Under the second count, the state alleges that in 2005, Perkins requested and received physical therapy sessions from employees with the KU Department of Sports Medicine. Both counts allege violations of the state ban on gifts to state agencies, state officers, and employees and candidates for state office.

Perkins received a portion of his salary from state funds.

The controversy surrounding the exercise equipment was one of several that beset Perkins, 65, over the past year.

The school was rocked by an investigation into a tickets-for-profit scam allegedly run by a handful of members of Perkins’ staff.

An investigation did not implicate Perkins but he admitted to having been guilty of poor oversight. Authorities allege that football and basketball tickets were sold by staff members who pocketed the money. An audit said the school could have lost upwards of $3 million.

Shortly after that hit the news, Perkins was accused by a former staff member -- William Dent -- of accepting use of the exercise equipment in his home in exchange for giving the company’s owners access to premium men’s basketball tickets. Perkins and the company’s co-owner denied the allegation.

Prior to the accusation, Perkins had filed a report with Lawrence police saying he was being blackmailed by Dent over the equipment.

Perkins later wrote a check for $5,000 for use of the equipment. In June, an internal review by KU found “no evidence” to substantiate Dent’s claims.

Perkins had announced he would retire in September 2011 but on Sept. 7 he announced he was stepping down immediately.

Comments

Jeff Coffman 11 years, 6 months ago

Who cares...he has paid for the equipment now.

He is gone, let's get this behind us.

KUbsee69 11 years, 6 months ago

Where was Chancellor Little?

For the most part, she was still at UNC. She did not become chancellor until August, 2009. Most of the allegations against Perkins were for actions prior to that time.

So, to answer another of your questions, hopefully it stops here and now.

KEITHMILES05 11 years, 6 months ago

Common sense needs to rule. Common sense says Lew knew damn well this stuff was put in his home and he knew he hadn't paid for it. That can't be disputed. If in fact he accepted it since he was a nice guy then that's very illegal. Either way Lew lost control of KUAC because he thought he was bigger than his britches and everything went to his head. He had a total lack of control of KUAC and will be remembered for ticket scandal and a looming bad hire in football. Thems the facts.

Danny Hernandez 11 years, 6 months ago

Who really cares? damn, can't we just move forward or don't people have lives to attend to? I

Geekinout 11 years, 6 months ago

I think it goes way beyond free exercise equipment and physical therapy sessions. They are probably trying to use this as part of a building process for a stronger case. This is the same person who footed KU the bill for his own personal airline charters. His sudden retirement only made him and the University look guilty and poorly ran.

I think it's very sad when families similar to mine have lost their long-held season football and basketball tickets after having donated ridiculous amounts of money through out the years before his tenure. Then get to hear stories like this how the former A.D. used the "reach-around" for his own personal benefit and how his staff lined their own pockets. Maybe not Bernie Madoff, but I'll send you cookies Lew when you are in a similar correctional institution.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

4everahawk 11 years, 6 months ago

Lew negatively affected so many lives that anytime his name comes up there will be a reaction. Most want to move forward, but won't until the entire mess is dealt with...continuing investigation, ethics complaint still not settled, no one yet punished for the whole ticket office mess or if there will be other charges filed. Lew came to KU with a feeling of entitlement and those in power gave him even more reasons to continue to live like that. He lives (in his mind) so far above anyone else that it never even occurred to him that he might get brought down this time around. There were so many that criticized the 'crooks' that originally squealed about the whole ticket mess, but had someone not talked, it would still be going on and Lew would still be AD, and KU would be going farther and farther in debt.

So to answer the original question...who really cares? Many, until this whole mess is finally settled.

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