Journalism students investigate cost of athletic scandals

11/14/2013: An excellent piece of investigative journalism from UNC, here. Their university’s administrators were remarkably forthcoming about the costs of the outside investigations, and how much was paid by the athletics department and how much by the UNC Foundation. It took me years, and hundreds of dollars in public records fees, to get much skimpier information from UO about the Chip Kelly/Willie Lyles costs. In fact Randy Geller is now completely deleting what UO spends on legal expenses from the reports UO must file with the Oregon Government Transparency website:

UO for 2012-13: Goes straight from Laundry to Library, no Legal Services. I think they call that irony.

OSU for 2012-13: 

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9 Responses to Journalism students investigate cost of athletic scandals

  1. Anonymous says:

    Have you considered that perhaps you might get more information from Johnson Hall if you posted that information with less childish sarcasm? People might consider this serious journalism is you published like our student newspaper with professionalism. But, then you would lose your fan club….

    If I had useful information, this would be the last place I would post it with my name attached.

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    • UO Matters says:

      Try asking UO’s student reporters, or reporters from papers around Oregon, if they have better experiences.

      http://dailyemerald.com/2013/06/19/emerald-media-group-creates-sunshinecampus-fund-to-support-public-records-reporting/

      http://uomatters.com/2013/11/tim-gleasons-defense-of-uos-public.html

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    • Anonymous says:

      Excellent deflection, now try answering the question for 1/2 credit.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I mean, you’re probably right in practice, but that’s kind of telling, no?

      The point is that transparency should be independent of how annoyed the administration is at you. The fee-fees of Johnson Hall residence shouldn’t be a factor in whether the public can tell how much rent they’re extracting.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Fees are certainly annoying, but appear to be in place to prevent exactly what this blog is about, gossiping and sniping. Wrapping yourself in the 1st Amendment so you can gossip seems very heavy-handed. If only there was a group on campus that would look into these issues in an objective and academic fashion without the huge egos found on this blog.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Its a lot easier to gossip when things are redacted or not reported. Basically, you let UOMatters play a game of madlibs with the lack of information, and then don’t like how the blanks are filled in.

      So fill in the blanks for everyone.

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    • UO Matters says:

      Comment of the week. UO, and the UO Foundation, can and should put me out of business by being more transparent. Coltrane’s benchmarking report was a welcome step in this direction.

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    • O says:

      Last time I checked the UO is still owned by the state of Oregon, and as a public entity should be transparent and open by default. It does not cost anything to make pubic contracts, budgets, and legal fees. As UOM continues to show here most other public universities make this information public. Even a few years back we made this info public as well.

      If there is nothing to hide then put the data on display for all to see.

      and before you haul out the “Public in name only” and “only 5% of the all BLOATED ALL FUNDS budget is paid by the state general fund” ODOT takes zero dollars from the general fund so should all the roads in Oregon be private? Also, that 5% of general funds still pays the bulk of faculty salaries!

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  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree put Uomatters out of business. Then maybe I could talk to him about coauthoring a paper or two!

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