The post Lew Perkins ticket scandal era aside, the Kansas City Star sports section has a long history of being deferential to the powers that be in KU’s athletics department. Apart from my column, the Star practically sat out Perkins wildly controversial first two years at KU when he implemented a scorched earth, pay-for-play seating system in men’s basketball and football. The Lawrence Journal World had a hey day covering the dramatic-at-times controversy but the Star dismissed it with a single front-page story with a couple quotes from boosters who said it was no big deal.
Meanwhile back in Lawrence, longtime supporters of KU sports went on the total warpath. Some reportedly literally wrote the university and athletics department out of their wills.