President settles contract with grad students, no strike!

8/21/2014:

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Oh wait, that’s President Ed Ray at OSU. No HLGR lawyers were involved. They have a “family leave” policy of some sort, don’t know the details.

Meanwhile here at UO, the grad students have voted to authorize a strike for fall. Mediation over parental leave is today. HLGR’s Jeff Matthews, an expert on zoning easement law, is negotiating for the university administration. The grad students have done the math, parental leave would cost ~$100K a year, or roughly 11% of “A Gott”, and presumably less than UO has paid Matthews and HLGR at ~$300 an hour.

8/19/2014 update: GTF’s call out Coltrane over parental leave hypocrisy

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Register-Guard editors call out Gottfredson as a timid paper-pusher

8/21/2014: I’m hoping Coltrane’s meeting with the RG editorial board goes a little better than Gottfredson’s did!

8/21/2013, here:

… And if a president proves lacking in either vision of his own or the ability to execute the vision of others, the board can replace him.

Gottfredson’s response to this new arrangement — he’ll be liberated in some ways, more accountable in others — will be telling. The board will expect, even demand, that he become more vocal in articulating the university’s mission, and leave behind the caution that can characterize presidents who are in some respects mid-level state bureaucrats. …

A bureaucrat who is afraid to even ask the faculty for input on his performance review.

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Russian mobsters team up with strip clubs and prostitutes to lead Duck athletes astray?

8/21/2014: Updated below with redactions from Gottfredson’s Sexual Assault Review Panel of the doc showing the “Team Rule” to call Tom Hart’s *personal* phone if in trouble with police.

8/20/2014: At his May 9th press conference a question from a UO student (whom the Ducks had tried to keep out) revealed that Dana Altman was very confused about what sort of sexual assault prevention training his athletes had received:

Now we know a little more. The athletics department is worried that it’s their players – and their coaches, and NCAA eligibility – that might be the victims of sexual assaults from predatory prostitutes, controlled by Russian/Egyptian motorcycle gangs. Or at least that seems to be the warning in this bizarre powerpoint from Tom Hart, hired in 2011 as Director of Duck Security and Facebook Monitoring (contract here).

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Hart is still on Rob Mullens’s payroll, as “Professional Development Coordinator”:

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This and some other fascinating documents from the athletic department – more revealing than anything Mullens has ever showed the IAC without me first filing a petition with the DOJ – were posted yesterday on the Gottfredson SARP website:

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Today, less than 24 hours later, the good stuff has been taken down and replaced by a sanitized set of links:

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But don’t worry, we archived it:

Athletics

Athletics Documents Overview
President’s Panel – Part 1
President’s Panel – Part 2
President’s Panel – Part 3
President’s Panel – Part 4

I’ll try to dig through these as I have time, but I immediately see the student-athlete conduct handbook, numbers on GPA and SAT scores for special admits by team, data on majors, and a statement that seems to back off previous claims from the AD that the Senate was to blame for canceling the FHS 199 class , and thereby preventing them from educating their players about sexual assault and harassment.

Update: Even Winston Smith would be confused. Now the SARP has reposted the Hart powerpoint – “with personal phone numbers removed”:

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So Hart is using a personal phone to take calls from athletes in trouble with the cops? I hope he’s keeping Jim O’Fallon, Jody Sykes, and the NCAA in the loop on that idea.

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SPQUO: Senate prepares for new era of shared governance, we hope

President Gottfredson’s relationship with the Senate was bad. He pointedly ignored Senate resolutions on athletics, set up a variety of “administrative advisory groups” to bypass Senate committees such as the IAC, and started pointless fights over academic freedom, legal services, and delegation of authority. The Senate had a resolution for a vote of no confidence in Gottfredson scheduled for October, and it’s difficult to see how it could have failed.

Fortunately Chuck Lillis saved us from that, and in the process gave most of us a lot of faith in the Board. (Although everyone seems to think they could have negotiated a tougher deal than Sharon Rudnick’s $940K giveaway.)

Now it’s up to Interim President Coltrane and Senate President Rob Kyr to try and rebuild some trust between the administration and the faculty and Senate. The message below is Kyr holding out the olive branch. Let’s hope Coltrane responds quickly by undoing Gottfredson’s mistakes. We need some quick, clear demonstrations that things are going to change.

To: University of Oregon Community; University Senate & Senate Executive Committee

From: Robert Kyr, University Senate President

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Gottfredson’s Sex Assault Review Panel schedules 3 minutes for public input

8/19/2014 update:

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Coltrane could have ended this sham and turned their substantial budget and resources over to the Senate Task Force. Instead he’s doubling down on Gottfredson and Mullen’s panel:

Sent on behalf of Mary Deits, Chair of the President’s Review Panel 

Dear Campus Community,

The President’s Review Panel remains committed to reviewing the University of Oregon’s practices to prevent and respond to sexual assault. Interim President Scott Coltrane has assured us that he remains dedicated to this effort and is eager for the panel to continue its review and offer recommendations to improve the university’s practices and the campus climate.

The review panel’s next visit to campus is on August 26 and 27 to continue to gather information, conduct interviews, and seek input on sexual assault prevention and response.

We invite the members of the campus and community to participate the panel’s first public input session on Wednesday, August 27 at 10 a.m. in the Guistina Ballroom of the Ford Alumni Center. The focus of this first session will be prevention. The panel would like to hear the community’s thoughts about the UO’s efforts to prevent incidents of sexual misconduct. Specifically, we would like to hear perspectives about what is working and what is not working to prevent sexual misconduct, as well as suggestions for change and improvement. Future public sessions will be dedicated to the process for reporting sexual assault, and the university’s response to reports.

If you cannot or do not want to participate in a public forum, you may also offer input in writing by clicking here. In addition to conducting individual interviews, holding public forums, and taking written input, the panel is creating additional ways to gather information and perspectives to gain a full and accurate view of the universities practices.

Additionally, the university has created a web page to share information about the panel’s review process, resource documents, and announcements about the panel’s work and public sessions.

The panel looks forward to engaging with the campus community and gathering a broad range of perspectives. We need everyone’s participation to help us assist the university in improving its practices to prevent and respond to sexual assault.

We thank you in advance for your participation.

Sincerely,

Mary Deits

Chair, President’s Review Panel

8/14/2014: Ohio State gives away unredacted emails that Dave Hubin tried to sell for $508

Will Scott Coltrane fix the train wreck in UO’s Public Records office? The latest is that the office, run by Dave Hubin, refused to release public records about Gottfredson’s “External Review Panel” unless I paid $508.48. See below.

So I made the same request to the public records office at Ohio State University, where one of the panelists works. Here’s the full doc dump (link fixed) they provided. No charge, no redactions. That’s right, it’s easier to get documents about Oregon from Ohio than it is to try and go through Dave Hubin. Presumably that was worth a raise for Hubin, under Berdahl and Gottfredson. It will be interesting to see what Coltrane does.

The panel’s next meeting is for August 26-27 in “Portland or Eugene”. Portland? Why? And it looks like UO’s president’s office may be paying the panelists honoraria? That would be quite interesting. I’ve got a PR request in for more:

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Contact Greg Rikhoff for more information about the “financial elements of this work” and Jane Gordon for more information about whether or not Coltrane will end this expensive sham and turns things over to the Senate Task Force.

7/31/2014 update: Gottfredson’s “External Review Panel” to continue secret meetings today

While the UO Senate’s Task Force is holding open meetings in accordance with Oregon Public Meetings Law (see report here) Gottfredson’s self-appointed external review panel has barred the press and public. Their secret meetings continue today in Room 301 of the Ford Alumni Center.

The Review Panel is meeting on campus today and tomorrow. The panel will be establishing its organizational structure and gathering background, and this first meeting is not open to the public or media. The panelists are expected to hold a public forum and take input in a variety of ways, and will be making decisions about how to do that going forward.

So, maybe a scripted public meeting at some point. That’s the word from UO Strategic Communicator Julie Brown. No doubt “Around the O” will put out more PR fluff soon, however. Meanwhile Dave Hubin is still trying to charge $508.48 for public records. Not the way to build trust or credibility.

Camilla Mortensen has more on US Attorney and UO Alum Amanda Marshall’s decision to join the Senate Task Force, here.

7/27/2014 update: Gottfredson rejects US Attorney for Oregon, so she joins Senate Task Force

Steve Duin has the report in the Oregonian here. There’s an interesting bio piece on Ms Marshall here. Gottfredson’s decision is yet another blow to his credibility and that of his hand-picked “Administrative ERP”, which already has issues with cronyism, inexperience, and secrecy.

After being rejected by Gottfredson, Marshall agreed to serve on the faculty Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support. As you can see from their website, the Senate committee includes many knowledgeable experts and practitioners, and is holding open meetings in accordance with state law. I will have a report on their 7/24 meeting later today.

7/23/2014 update: Gottfredson thinks his research shows the best way to deal with sexual violence

Yes, that’s really what our President’s anonymous PR flacks at “Around the 0″ have him saying:

President Gottfredson says his own work in criminology and social behavior makes it clear that prevention is far and away the best place to invest much of our energy for ending sexual violence.

And VP for Student Life Robin Holmes thinks this is all “an incredible opportunity”, and that the president has encouraged everyone on campus to share information readily.

Excuse me while I laugh at the ground. By all accounts Gottfredson had no intention of ever reporting the incident to the public, and he is still battling requests from the New York Times, the Oregonian, and the Register Guard for documents showing how he responded to the allegations. Where is Gottfredson’s committee meeting? Is it open to the public? Write Gottfredson’s Chief of Staff Greg Rikhoff a $508.48 check and he might tell you. Or maybe he’ll redact it all.

While Gottfredson is trying to hide, the UO faculty Senate Task Force is going for transparency. They meet tomorrow, 3-5PM, Lewis Lounge 4th floor of the Law School, Their webpage is here, and their meetings are open.

7/17/2014: Gottfredson wants $413.87 + $94.61 for docs on secret “external review panel”

I’m not yet abandoning all hope, but Gottfredson’s “External Review Panel” is going to have to get out ahead of the transparency problem to avoid looking like they aren’t just another part of Gottfredson’s cover-up of how he handled the rape allegations. Letting Gottfredson hide information on how they were picked and what they are doing is not going to cut it.

President Gottfredson learned of the basketball rape allegations on March 9th. He then waited three months to appoint his “External Review Panel”. He had himself, Athletic Director Rob Mullens, and VP Robin Holmes pick the members. The chair is former Interim UO President Bob Berdahl, one of Gottfredson’s mentors. Not exactly an independent review. But at least it will be transparent, right? The first announcement made it seem so:

  • Evaluation of current practices and protocols for the prevention of sexual misconduct and support for those who have experienced it
  • Benchmarking of the UO’s practices and protocols in relation to those of our peer institutions
  • Review of the athletic department’s processes for evaluating prospective student-athletes
  • Review of life-skill education and support for students, including the communication of conduct expectations
  • One or more campus climate surveys with a focus on the UO’s prevention, response, and education culture regarding sexual misconduct
  • A follow-up review of the recent report commissioned by the Division of Student Affairs to assess the university’s sexual misconduct policies and procedures to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of those recommendations
  • Further refinement of the charge will be informed by the expertise of the panelists themselves

Process and Timing
Work is to begin immediately, with care taken to collect initial input from the campus community prior to the end of the spring term.

It’s now July 17 – almost 4 and a half months since Gottfredson learned of the allegations. What’s going on with his committee? He’s named the members (below) but he wants $413.87 to show the emails explaining how he and Mullens and Holmes picked them. Not exactly trust building. How about just showing the charge, meeting agendas, that sort of thing? Let’s ask:

Subject: public records request for “external review panel” communications
Date: July 1, 2014 at 3:23:18 AM EDT
To: Lisa Thornton <pubrec@uoregon.edu>, Gregory Rikhoff <grikhoff@uoregon.edu>
Cc: Bob Berdahl <bob.berdahl@gmail.com [etc.]

Dear Ms Thornton and Mr. Rikhoff:

This is a public records request for any communications from the UO President’s Office to the members of the “External Review Panel” listed at http://president.uoregon.edu/content/panelists-named-review-uo-sexual-misconduct-prevention-and-response, dated from 6/6/2014 to the present, and dealing with the charge, meeting schedule, agenda, or expense reimbursement of the panel

I ask for a fee waiver on the basis of public interest.

Two weeks later, after a reminder:

07/16/2014

The University of Oregon has received your public records request for “any communications from the UO President’s Office to the members of the “External Review Panel”… dated from 6/6/2014 to the present, and dealing with the charge, meeting schedule, agenda, or expense reimbursement of the panel” on 07/02/2014, attached. The office has at least some documents responsive to your request.  By this email, the office is providing you with an estimate to respond to your requests.

The office estimates the actual cost of responding to your request to be $94.61. Upon receipt of a check made payable to the University of Oregon for that amount, the office will proceed to locate, copy, and provide the records you have requested that are not exempt from disclosure.  Your check may be sent to the attention of Office of Public Records, 6207 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-6207.

You requested a waiver based on an assertion that release of these documents is in the public interest.  The office has performed the three-part analysis of your request, has determined that your request does not meet the public interest test, and has exercised its discretion to deny your request for a fee waiver.  Upon receipt of payment outlined above, the office will begin to prepare your requested documents.

Please note that if the cost of preparing the documents for you is less than the estimate, we will refund the difference.  If the cost of preparing the records for you exceeds the estimate, however, you may be charged for the difference.  Following is an outline of how costs are determined. …

Thank you for contacting us with your request.

Sincerely,

Lisa Thornton
Office of Public Records
University of Oregon
Office of the President

Gottfredson’s Panelists: 

Javaune Adams-Gaston
Javaune Adams-Gaston is the vice president for student life at The Ohio State University, where she oversees university operations including the student judicial process and student advocacy and crisis intervention. Prior to her arrival at Ohio State in 2009, she served in a variety of positions, including associate dean of academic affairs, assistant athletic director, and equity administrator at the University of Maryland. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Iowa State University.

Bob Berdahl
Bob Berdahl is a higher education expert who retired as president of the Association of American Universities in 2011, He served as interim president of University of Oregon in 2012 and was the dean of the UO College of Arts and Sciences from 1981-1986. He also previously served as the chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1997-2004 and the president of the University of Texas at Austin from 1993-1997.

Mary Deits
Mary Deits retired as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals in 2004 after serving for 18 years, including seven years as chief judge. From 1974-1986, she served as an assistant attorney general in the trial, appellate and general counsel divisions of the Oregon Attorney General’s office. Since Deits’ retirement, she has worked extensively as a mediator and arbitrator.

Laura Hinman
Laura Hinman was the 2012 president of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon, where she created the Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force, now known as the University of Oregon Organization Against Sexual Assault. She is currently a Masters of Education graduate student at the University of Southern California.

David Schuman
David Schuman is a retired judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals, where he served from 2001-2014. Earning his Ph. D. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1984, he was the deputy attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice from 1997-2001. Schuman also was on the Oregon School of Law faculty from 1987-1996 and served associate dean for academic affairs from 1994-1996.

Theodore Spencer
Theodore Spencer is the outgoing associate vice provost and executive director of the Office of Undergraduate Admission at the University of Michigan, having worked at Michigan since 1989. Prior to his arrival at the University of Michigan, he was the associate director of admissions at the United States Air Force Academy after previously serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Kevin Weiberg
Kevin Weiberg recently retired as the Pac-12 Conference’s deputy commissioner and chief operation officer, where he served from 2010-2014. Prior to joining the Pac-12, he was the chief executive officer of iHoops from 2007-2010, the Big Ten Network’s vice president for planning and development from 2007-2009, the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference from 1998-2007 and the deputy commissioner of the Big Ten from 1989-1998. He also worked in the athletics departments of Wichita State University and University of Maryland.

Mary Wilcox
Mary Wilcox is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon and vice president and director for Capital Realty Corp., a family-owned real estate and financial investment company. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon in 1976 and her J.D. in 1980 from the University of Oregon School of Law.

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Report calls for Trustees to stand up to boosters, admins, faculty, search firms

Written by former Yale President Benno Schmidt for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, here. Scott Jaschik has a review in InsideHigherEd.com. Among other things, the report argues boards should not rely on search firms for presidential searches.

… The report also urges trustees to be more engaged on issues of athletics — and not simply to promote athletic spending. “Trustees must be willing to withstand pressure to grow athletic programs that are a net drain on resources, and they should ensure that salary contracts for coaches reward academic performance first and athletic success second,” the report says.

While many faculty members might well cheer the idea of trustees questioning athletic spending, many professors will likely object to statements in the report about the faculty.
For example, the report says that there is “evidence that self-interest and personal ideologies can drive departmental directions rather than the interest of the students and preparation of citizens. And studies show that there are fields — such as military history, constitutional history, and diplomatic history — that are fast disappearing from college curricula.”

The report calls for trustee involvement to assure “intellectual diversity” and to protect the academic freedom of students. Such calls in the past have alarmed faculty leaders, who have said that these types of statements are built on unfair characterizations of the faculty as enforcing some kind of ideological test in teaching. Many experts on the professoriate don’t dispute that faculty members lean to the left of the American public, but say that there is no evidence of students being punished for non-liberal views or of conservative ideas being squelched in the academy.

Here’s what the new report says: “To inform themselves, trustees should annually ask for a report from the president or provost outlining disciplinary diversity. This report can include a list of new hires and tenure and promotion decisions in each department (and their disciplines and fields). Does the history department, for example, have expertise and offer coursework on the Founders, the American Revolution, and the Constitution? It is trustees’ duty, in rare but urgent circumstances, to demand action if they believe a department places limitations on the representation of disciplinary fields and academic viewpoints its research and teaching should otherwise encompass. The president and provost must be prepared to explain how they will ensure intellectual and pedagogical diversity going forward.”

The report also criticizes administrators — and the way they report (or don’t) to board members and the public. “As fiduciaries, trustees must make their decisions based on data. Massive ‘data dumps’ of opaque charts and ‘death by powerpoint,’ i.e., show-and-tell presentations from faculty and administration, are not the answer; instead, trustees need to insist on a dashboard of key, carefully defined measures, including: graduation rates by demographic including students who transfer; tuition rates; administrative versus instructional spending; building utilization (both classrooms and laboratories) by time and day of the week; low enrollment majors; general education courses and enrollments; and athletic spending (including student fees and institutional spending).”

And the report questions the use of search firms to pick presidents — which is the norm for how institutions select leaders. “It is time for boards everywhere to consider carefully whether search firms really add value to the process,” the report says. “There is a growing case that their use gives rise to a conflicted, expensive, and inefficient process that undermines college communities and diminishes trust among their constituencies.”

The report urges boards to take charge of searches and to give more consideration to candidates from outside academe. “The trustees alone are the ones who can and must see that the search is done right. They must lead in developing the vision for what they want and articulate the vision to the community. They should consider a wide range of types of candidates, including those outside the academy. The ranks of business and government are full of skilled, public-spirited executives who believe in higher education and would consider serving as college presidents.”

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Some advice to new provosts

From https://www.aplu.org/document.doc?id=4030. Thanks to a retired UO administrator for the link.

New Provost’s session
Risa Palm
Georgia State University
July, 2012

My experience set is one of having moved to various parts of the country and having
to adjust to new situations: I was dean of large college twice (Oregon and Chapel
Hill) and provost three times (LSU, SUNY system and now GSU).
When you are new to an institution, you can always rely on the “three letters” story.
If you haven’t heard it before, talk to an experienced provost!
Some thoughts on your new position:

1. Congratulations – you have intense new responsibilities and an opportunity
to make a major impact on the academic achievements of your university

2. But you only have 5‐6 years to get this done!  The sense of urgency is
important for your success.

3. You have a short honeymoon in which to make some major decisions:

a. Do you have the right leadership team in your office and in the deans
who report to you?  Most common regret is that they did not replace
people sooner.  You will need to delegate . . . so you need to trust the
people to whom you are delegating!

b. Does the administrative structure above you (at the university level)
give you the latitude you need ‐ ‐ ‐ be sure to negotiate this early.  The
relationship with the CFO is particularly important.

4. First impressions (of you!) count – be visible, get out of the office to learn
about the institution (even if you come from within).

5. Establish a strong working relationship with your president/chancellor . . .
your major job is to ensure the success of the entire team.

6. Remember that you have no friends within the university – even if you were
hired from within.  If you think that being a dean puts you on the “dark side”,
the position of provost is even more so.  The difficulty of the provost position
is that you really have no base of support other than the president ‐ ‐ ‐ always
remember this.

7. Think about how you will use your time, and how you will use meeting time.
Remember that the least efficient type of staff meeting is 1‐2 hours, once a
week.  I recommend the book “Death by Meetings”.  As a result of my reading
the book, I have adopted “standing meetings” each morning for as little as 10
minutes with the team.

8. Need a balance of prompt decision‐making with thoughtful decision‐making:
and the metaphor of chess is a useful one

9. Your every word and expression is scrutinized: things you say take on an
undue amount of importance.

10. If you are on a path to the presidency, this is the last position where the
academic life (teaching and research) will be the dominant aspects of your
life and job.  Enjoy them!

11. Give yourself a break to refresh and plan – both on your own and also with
your team.  It is all too easy to get caught up in the daily emergencies and lose
track of where you really want to be going.

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Mediocre former Provost Jim Bean on “spires of excellence” and sports product design

8/17/2014 update: Diane Dietz has a report on Jim Bean’s “Sports Product Design” cluster spires culture of excellence in the RG:

Bean: “There are different measures of excellence in the academic side and in the athletic side, but there are also commonalities of how you progress from mediocrity to spires of excellence to a culture of excellence.”

I agree with Bean that sports product design is a natural fit for UO. Yes, it’s another distraction from our research mission, and it’s sure to get a lot of giggles at the AAU’s next meeting. But it’s time to get realistic and focus on doing applied work for industry and training our students in how to use a glue gun.

On the other hand, if this is so important for UO, why would we ever put Jim Bean in charge? He’s been back from sabbatical for years – shouldn’t he be teaching classes by now?

6/20/2014 update: The fix was in for Jim Bean’s Sport Product Cluster ****

The call for cluster hire proposals went out on March 22, due May 1. Provost Scott Coltrane announced the winners June 6, after review by President Gottfredson’s Faculty Advisory Committee. Not a very important review, UO had already posted the request for bids for Bean’s new website, with a deadline of April 30th – before the proposals were even due:

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6/11/2014: Department Heads respectfully criticize “Clusters of Excellence” decisions

Letter from Department Chairs to Provost Coltrane:

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Economist does the math, gives up Duck tickets for big TV and cable

8/17/2014: While UO’s focus on big-time college football has made millionaires of coaches and administrators like junket queen Lorraine Davis, it’s created some tradeoffs for fans. John Tapogna, president of the ECONorthwest economic consulting firm, gives his personal cost-benefit analysis of going to a Duck football game in this RG Op-Ed:

But success comes with price. The 2012 Rose Bowl victory triggered a spike in what had been gradually rising ticket prices. Next, the Pac-12 TV deal ended predictable kickoff times and ushered in additional evening and Thursday night contests.

We tried to hold on. Autzen was our tradition, and our loyalty runs deep. But as Portlanders, the long string of taillights on the late-night returns and the occasional motel bills ground us down. We let the season ticket deadline pass last spring.

Also see this Bob Welch piece. Meanwhile you can get a ticket to the $525,000 Duck-Coyote game on stubhub.com for $13.70:

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8/5/2014: Ducks to pay Coyotes $525,000 for August 30 football beatdown

[Editor's note: This post originally confused the University of South Dakota Coyotes and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. My sincere apologies.]

UO’s academic budget pays the jocks $467,538 a year towards the bonds for the Matthew Knight Arena land, and another ~$2.2M for athlete-only tutoring. The Senate has voted many times to ask the administration to end these subsidies. Here’s video of Provost Scott Coltrane in April, lecturing the faculty on how unreasonable a request this is. “I don’t know how to say this delicately, but what is going on here? What is the goal of this legislation?”:

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At the time we didn’t know of AD Rob Mullens’s latest extravagance: Paying $525,000 to the South Dakota Coyotes (plus 400 tickets) to travel to Eugene and serve as the Ducks sacrificial warm-up team:

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Last year Mullens paid Nicholls State $450K for the same job, Sam Stites report in the RG here. Presumably the extra $75K is for the players’s concussion insurance.

The vote to end the subsidies was delayed when the Senate had to start dealing with the basketball rape allegations, but it will be back on the Senate agenda in October – as legislation, which will be a little harder for Gottfredson Coltrane to ignore than the previous resolutions.

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UO Ducks avoid Notre Dame scandal by not making athletes write papers

It’s a national scandal – the NYT has the details here. Notre Dame was trying to make football players write papers. Fortunately the players, or their coaches, hired real students to do the work before any actual damage was done. Jim O’Fallon’s NCAA Infractions Committee will conduct a thorough investigation, just like they did for UNC.

Notre Dame should have plagiarized a page from the Ducks. Make all your athletes take a sham “Family and Human Services” course, taught by Athletic Department employees. Claim that it’s a key part of preventing sexual assaults. And for God’s sake don’t require a paper: just give them all 3 academic credits for posting a “final project” video on youtube:

Read the syllabus here:,

More of the final project videos here:https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=fhs+199

If they still have trouble with NCAA eligibility, set up a special “Art of the Athlete” course for them, and give them all A+’s.

For more info, contact UO’s Faculty Athletics Representative Jim O’Fallon, here, or Duck spokesperson Craig Pintens,here.

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those unscrupulous football agents

8/15/2014: Ducks will finally pay for player’s insurance. It’s amazing what can change when the judge rules you’ve been running an illegal cartel. Now it turns out the NCAA was never against this, honest. UO PR flack Rob Moseley has the spin, here.

7/3/2011: Ever wonder what happens to college football players who suffer career ending injuries? They don”t get workmen’s compensation, because they are “student-athletes”, not employees. Very clever.

However, the NCAA will *lend* “student-athletes” money to buy their own insurance. I know, and you thought the NCAA was a heartless cartel. Read on, friend:

“The impetus behind it was really to keep student-athletes and their eligibility safe from unscrupulous agents,” said Juanita Sheely, the NCAA’s associate director for travel and insurance. “One of the ways they would entice them is: ‘I will get you this insurance coverage if you sign with me.’

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UO Org Chart has a place for Lorraine Davis through thick and thin. Why?

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UO’s Org Chart has gone through a lot of changes lately. New Presidents, Provosts, General Consuls, Deans and VP’s of this and that. The only constant seems to be Special Assistant to the Provost Lorraine Davis, who went on PERS in 2005, but is somehow still collecting a paycheck too. So, what’s her job? Someone should ask new Provost Frances Bronet, because Davis, Gottfredson, Coltrane, and Mullens sure won’t tell:

Full pdf here.

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Don Kahle and Austin Meek on Frohnmayer, Gottfredson, Lariviere, Lillis, Nixon, and Gleason

8/15/2014 update: RG sports columnist Austin Meek gets Dave Frohnmayer to take a little time out from his work lobbying for BP, to talk about UO and sports:

Critics would say Oregon’s sports boom came at the expense of the school’s academic reputation. Frohnmayer disagrees, saying Oregon made academic progress in spite of severe cuts in state funding.

Frohnmayer is especially emphatic about rebutting the idea that Oregon’s athletic achievements — fueled by contributions from Knight, also the school’s largest academic donor — undermined the school’s educational mission.

“The critics, who I think are either uninformed or malevolent, don’t get it,” he said.

I think Frohnmayer is either defensive or malevolent. Here’s a good Steve Duin column from the Oregonian about some of the sleazy deals he cut with Kilkenny, 2 weeks before he resigned as President in 2009. The academic side is still paying the bill.

And Don Kahle has a skeptical column on the editorial page , comparing the departures of Lariviere, Gottfredson, and Nixon:

Reporters cannot speculate about a private conversation, but columnists can. Here’s how that conversation might have gone.

Chuck Lillis: We’d like you to leave.

Michael Gottfredson: The Oregon University System extended my contract through June 2016.

CL: We could pay you for those two years.

MG: Is that a threat or a bribe?

CL: (silence)

MG: I don’t want to have to answer any questions.

CL: This will be just between you and me.

MG: My contract requires that I give 30 days’ notice.

CL: That won’t be necessary.

MG: (silence)

CL: I’ll look for your letter later today.

The Lariviere bit is even funnier. He ends by asking about the last minute Gleason appointment. I have the feeling there are going to be a lot more questions about Gleason and the FAR job. Say, doesn’t UO need Gleason’s expertise for that important bowl branding work?

8/6/2014: Gottfredson’s last act: appointing Tim Gleason as NCAA faculty rep

I think Gottfredson is technically President until the end of the day, so who knows what other last minute craziness there will be.

This reminds me of when Bob Berdahl gave Randy Geller a 3 year contract renewal, just before he left town. I doubt this will stick as long as the 2 years Randy lasted. In fact the Senate already has a motion scheduled for October for legislation to have the faculty appoint the Faculty Athletics Representative – yes I know that sounds crazy – before Gleason’s term would even start:

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