In the view of The Eagle editorial board, University of Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins gets a big slice of blame for the ticket-skimming scandal. As we wrote in our editorial Friday, "Even if Perkins couldn't be expected to know all that was going on, he is accountable, because he hired or promoted those allegedly involved. His ignorance is not a defense, but rather an indication that he trusted too much and scrutinized too little." Kansas City Star columnist Mike Hendricks had another suggestion of where to look for those responsible: in the mirror. "We do more than put up with the bad behavior," he wrote. "We encourage the corruption, thuggery and out-of-control greed with our continued adoration and financial support of big-time athletics, college and pro." Hendricks concluded: "Ticket scandals, recruiting violations, cheating — maybe it's always been part of sports. But the money has made things worse. You and I long for the days when it wasn't necessary to view every athletic program and every athlete's success with cynicism. But let's not deny our responsibility."
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