Dr. Greg Skaggs, the UO director of athletic medicine, also declined a request through an athletic department spokesman to be interviewed for this series.Not exactly consistent with UO's academic mission.
9/3/2012. That's the deal for big-time college football players, thanks to the NCAA Infractions Committee and its vigorous enforcement of the cartel's rules against paying the players, or even letting them hire agents to look after their interests.
Jim O'Fallon, a former law professor at UO, sits on this committee. He's paid by UO as our "Faculty Athletics Representative" to look after the players and particularly their academic performance. Contract here. That's the theory. In practice, he hasn't had a performance review in 24 years and the NYT reports he spends his time enforcing NCAA rules like the one against letting "student athletes" get free textbooks.
Today, Matt Walks of the ODE has a sad report on the pro outcomes of the spectacularly successful 2011 Ducks. Darron Thomas made millions for the UO athletic department and its coaches, got to keep none of it, and now can't get an NFL contract.
Meanwhile this story reports an NCAA footballer is 60 times more likely to suffer 2 or more concussions per year than they are to end up with a paying contract with the NFL. And from Sunday, the first of Ron Richmond of the Register Guard's 5 part series on brain damage and football. They start with 5-year-olds.