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Hold athletic departments accountable

Undocumented payments. A questionable $500,000 loan. A bank account unreviewed by the university controller that was used to make more than $1 million in payments a year. These and other revelations in the Kansas Board of Regents' audit of Kansas State University suggest, at best, that oversight of KSU's athletic department needed to be tighter in recent years. As our editorial today concludes: "Winning sports teams are important to the state universities, boosting fundraising and recruitment as well as school spirit. But if an athletic department behaves unethically or worse, the taint spreads across and beyond campus, and starts to erode public trust in what is a public institution."