You can’t make this shit up:
The cost of this bloated project has gone from $8M to $16M. While the donor has apparently paid for all the construction, this is UO land that will now be off limits for academic use for a long, long time. At a very rough guess, it’s worth $10M. How much did AD Rob Mullens pay for it? His lapel pin says it all: $0 for academics.
And with a jumbotron like that, coach Mike White starts thinking he deserves big money too. $1.425M, to be exact. The RG story on this is here: http://projects.registerguard.com/rg/news/33182173-81/oregon-gives-softball-coach-mike-white-new-1.425-million-deal.csp
Softball ticket revenue is about $10K a year. Before the new raises for the coaches, costs were about $1.4M. The losses are covered from football profits. Why does the Duck Athletics Department get to spend those profits however they like? I don’t know. Back in 2004 the university took a serious look at athletics spending, and concluded that football profits should soon allow athletics to start contributing to the academic side. With deals like this, that will never happen.
Speaking of money losing sports, basketball fans are not exactly flocking to see Dana Altman’s team play in the country’s most expensive college basketball arena: