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KU's reputation needs rehab

First came the revelations about University of Kansas athletics insiders' ticket-skimming scam. Then the news of a blackmail attempt against athletic director Lew Perkins related to exercise equipment on "loan" to him. Whatever Perkins' future, KU will have some work to do to rebuild trust in the state. As outgoing Kansas Board of Regents chairwoman Jill Docking of Wichita told the Lawrence Journal-World, "It's going to take a full frontal assault on the part of Lew and the chancellor to address these issues, because of the anger that's out there. It's going to take more than a press conference, I do know that. It's going to take a grassroots campaign in every community of the state, so that people can vent their frustration and anger, and so they can have their concerns addressed."