Rachel Bachman at the Oregonian does a good job getting the facts out:
5/9/2009: End of Kilkenny Era
Someone should start filing some public records requests on this stuff – starting with the highly unlikely claim that the Athletic Department’s books are balanced. It would be a simple matter to request the budget reports and then see what they are actually including as expenses in those reports.
Another issue is conflicts of interest. What do you think the chances are that the ~200 employees over there are, many with years of experience, moving in and out of marketing jobs and endorsement contracts, are actually reporting all their financial conflicts of interest with UO contractors such as Nike? State law requires such reports.
Frankly we are too busy with the academic side to do much of substance here, but if you have anything particularly interesting, use the comments or email firstname.lastname@example.org