Assistant penalized for being 'careless' with tickets

Updated: May 28, 2004, 11:15 AM ET
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky's offensive coordinator was reprimanded and won't receive a scheduled pay raise after a university investigation found he was "careless" with four complimentary tickets last season.

Athletic director Mitch Barnhart recommended the punishment for Ron Hudson and university President Lee Todd accepted it.

The punishment came after a two-week inquiry into a claim that complimentary tickets to football games were used as payment to a contractor for work done at Hudson's home.

No NCAA rules were broken. The NCAA does not legislate the manner in which coaches' complimentary tickets may be used, but school policy prohibits employees from selling or bartering tickets. Hudson receives four football season tickets and two men's basketball season tickets.

"I'm well aware of our university's policy regarding ticket usage," Hudson said. "It wasn't my intent to show disregard for that policy. This was an innocent mistake."

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