LAWRENCE, Kansas - Lew Perkins is off the hook with regards to blackmail allegations.
Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Wednesday said a review found no evidence to substantiate claims made by a former athletics employee against athletic director Lew Perkins. The review revealed no evidence of an exchange of exercise equipment for preferential seating.
Kansas Vice Provost Mary Lee Hummert and human resources program director Allen Humphrey conducted the review. It also showed no evidence of drug testing irregularities and no evidence of ineligible student-athletes.
“Even though we may question the motivations of the source, the allegations were serious enough to warrant a detailed review," Gray-Little said. "That review has been completed and its results find no evidence to substantiate the allegations that were made."
William Dent made the allegations. He resigned as the Director of KU sports medicine in 2007. The Topeka Capital-Journal published Dent’s allegations. Dent stated that his intentions were to “screw with” Perkins. The Lawrence Police Department is investigating Dent’s correspondence with Perkins and Perkins’ attorney and Dent’s attempted blackmail of the athletic director.
Hummert and Humphrey talked with Dent at length during the review to find evidence. Dent refused to provide specific information regarding his allegation of drug-testing policy irregularities and would not provide the names of student-athletes he was claimed were ineligible.
No evidence was found regarding Dent’s allegation that the exercise equipment was given in exchange for favorable seating for the co-owners of Medical Outfitters, Patrick Carpenter and Mark Glass. The business owners also denied the allegation.
Hummert and Humphrey reviewed seating records and talked to Kansas Athletic staff members about the claim. They discovered that Medical Outfitters had made an in-kind contribution to KU Athletics, not to Perkins, of a whirlpool for use by the athletic department. The whirlpool gift was inadvertently not credited to Carpenter’s priority points account for the 2004-05 season. When that was fixed the following season, Carpenter’s seats improved.
Dent, Perkins and other individuals inside and outside KU all spoke with Hummert and Humphrey. They also looked through seating records and other documents, and studied reports put together by KU Athletics compliance staff on drug testing and student-athlete eligibility.
With the review over, Gray-Little said Perkins and KU Athletics can turn their focus on the Big 12 Conference.
“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.
The KU Chancellor also said she’s confident KU Athletics will continue its efforts to show more transparency in its priority points system and seating assignments as well as new accountability and safeguards to ticket operations.
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