Brad Wolverton and Andrea Fuller have an excellent piece in the Chronicle on "Who's in charge of sports" discussing how little explicit control university president's contracts give them over athletics. Gottfredson's contract, here, does not mention athletics. The story also notes this:
The contract of Lou Anna K. Simon, president of Michigan State University, goes further: The new chair of the NCAA's Executive Committee will receive a number of athletic perks as lifetime benefits. Those perks include two premium-seating tickets to home football, women's basketball, and women's volleyball games. She also receives free tickets to bowl games and postseason contests.Many UO administrators also get free tickets and even travel to away games, in some cases including family members. Can these people then be expected to make unbiased decisions about the tradeoffs between athletics and academics? Of course not. 9/5/2012.