Craig Pintens and UO’s other well paid hypesters are starting to sound a little shrill. Bob Welch of the RG started it off last week with this nicely written column:
The excess. “In a word, that’s how I’d sum it up,” says Darrel Linker, 68, of Springfield, who says the UO is “alienating” its fan base. “New buildings, ticket prices, uniforms. The athletic department is getting ahead of itself.” … “It’s like, ‘We can do whatever we want to do and it doesn’t matter,’ ” Hoard says.
But I believe it’s starting to matter.
On 9/17 Welch added more and explains that reader response to this was 61/62 in support of his argument.
Meanwhile, after fighting the ASUO for months trying to extract a few more $100,000 in student fee money for tickets, the Ducks are now giving them away, to try and fill Autzen for the TV cameras. Rob Mullens has now abandoned his efforts to pretend Matt Court can be self-supporting, slashing many season tickets by 50%.
Maybe the enthusiasm will come back later in the fall, maybe it will drop more when the brain damage news gets worse and we find out more about Kelly’s NCAA violations, but at the moment the meme is not good. Don Kahle followed up the Welch piece with this. And a correspondent sends this, regarding UW:
Transparency is, again, the issue in Pac-12 football, as a 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning institution posits, “UW Football should remember it’s part of a public institution.”
The editorial is a follow-up to an item reported earlier in the week that UW was prohibiting media from reporting on practices. “This continues a trend of
limiting media access to the program, as UW cut this year from four to
two the number of practices open to the media…” Apparently, UW is merely bringing their secrecy standards up to date with other Pac-12 schools, with Oregon included in the list.
Ideally, the only way people will learn about their gridiron warriors is to buy a ticket and show up on gameday. But, really, why would anyone want to know what goes on in a football program outside of gameday…I mean, really?