The poster child for KU’s now-infamous ticket scandal?
There are so many – five at last count and counting – but for most people with ties and connections to KU sports, it was Williams Fund honcho Rodney Jones. The party boy was everybody’s best friend when they needed a ticket schmooze and nobody’s after the you-know-what hit the fan. Jones even hung with KU basketball great Danny Manning, says one source who asked not to be named.
"Rodney ran with a lot of people who would probably say now that they didn’t run with him," adds another. "I know that everybody at KU loved Rodney because he was the one guy at KU where if you needed tickets, you could go to Rodney. Rodney was the guy everybody went to – I mean everybody – I don’t care if you were Mark Mangino. Rodney ran with everybody – Rodney was Mr. Fun for a lot of people. He was friends with Bill Self and (interim KU Athletic Director) Sean Lester. "
When KU assistant coach Kurtis Townsend needed basketball tickets to schmooze porn star Samantha Ryan earlier this year, "Rodney was the guy," says the source. "I’m not throwing Rodney under the bus…All I know is that Rodney was one of those guys people trusted. He was the discreet guy people could go to and say, ‘I met this hottie at the Granfalloon and get her four seats’ and he would do that and people trusted him to be discreet. Rodney knew how to let Monica Lewinsky in the back door without tellinbg anybody."
What’s that expression about absolute power?