Former KU athletic official faces court hearing today in Wichita

WICHITA — A former University of Kansas athletics official tied to a $1 million ticket scalping scandal is scheduled to make his first court appearance in connection with a federal investigation.

Jason Jeffries, the school's former assistant director of ticket operations, is scheduled to appear this morning in U.S. District Court in Wichita.

Jeffries is charged with one felony count for allegedly knowing the tickets were stolen but not reporting it to authorities.

His first appearance before a magistrate judge only allows him to enter a not guilty plea, but a change-of-plea hearing before a federal judge is set to immediately follow.

Brandon Simmons, the university's former assistant athletic director for sales and marketing, is to appear in court Thursday on the same charge.