DUCK FAQ: UO-IAC and NCAA material

Some reference documents on the UO Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (IAC) and UO athletics, updated periodically.

Random marijuana testing policy:

… Your allegations about the University’s rulemaking processes are offensive and false , as are the comments made publicly by members of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. I ask that you apologize in writing to President Berdahl, Rob Mullens, and me. I also ask that you censure the members of the IAC who have published offensive and defamatory comments.

UO Athletics governance:

8.026 Cost Containment

The presidents of Oregon State University and  the University of Oregon are
instructed to work with each other and to pursue within the Northwest region, the Pac-10, and the NCAA appropriate cost containment measures such as grants based only on need, fewer grants, reduced recruiting efforts, smaller coaching staffs, and other appropriate measures.

If such efforts, over a five-year period, are unsuccessful, the Board will reassess its position and instruct the University of Oregon and Oregon State University whether or not to implement those cost containment policies even in the absence of Pac-10, NCAA, and regional action.

Duck sports and Oregon politics:

UO’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (currently former UO law professor Jim O’Fallon)

  • FAR James O’Fallon Contracts and contact info.
  • NYT columnist Joe Nocera on the NCAA and O’Fallon’s committee.
  • NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) website and handbook.
  • 2004 Task Force calls for review of O’Fallon’s performance:
    1. We specify reforms in the review process of the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR).
      These reforms will help make the position more accountable to faculty and staff concerns while not diminishing the President’s role in choosing and evaluating the FAR.

Academic issues:

Player’s health:

NCAA compliance, non-compliance, and reform:

UNC scandal: Tutors write papers, professor runs fake classes

UO’s infractions and compliance efforts:

Duck financial info:

Salary info:

Effect of athletics on donations to academics

UO IAC retreat material. These are annual meetings of the IAC and principals in UO athletics and other UO administrators who deal with athletics issues. Typically held in September.

  • 2005 retreat minutes. (Some history, Myles Brand, Grier’s role.)
  • 2006 retreat minutes.
  • 2007 not clear if there was a retreat.
  • 2008 retreat minutes.
  • 2009 no retreat minutes kept.
  • 2010 retreat agenda. (No minutes kept.)
  • 2011 retreat was not held.
  • The 2012 IAC retreat was held Wednesday, 9/19/2012. Minutes will be posted when available.

UO IAC meeting minutes:

  • 2012-2013 minutes as available.

Historical athletic reform attempts at UO:

Some misc UO Senate reports:

Books and reference articles:

  • The Shame of College Sports: Taylor Branch won a Pulitzer for his civil rights histories. Here he takes on the NCAA cartel.
  • David Ripath is a former NCAA compliance specialist at WVU who came clean about how he kept players eligible, and was then attacked by the NCAA and its minions. His book is called Tainted Glory.
  • Andy Zimbalist, Unpaid Professionals: Commercialism and Conflict in Big-Time College Sports. 2001. “Zimbalist combines groundbreaking empirical research and a talent for storytelling to provide a firm, factual basis for the many arguments that currently rage about the goals, history, structure, incentive system, and legal architecture of college sports. He paints a picture of a system in desperate need of reform and presents bold recommendations to chart a more sensible future.”
  • Billy Hawkins, The New Plantation. 2010. “Does the NCAA have a rule that black people can’t make money off college sports?”
  • South Park’s take on the NCAA and “student athletes” – apparently based on Billy Hawkins’s arguments.

Big-time college sports loses appeal

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?

Gottfredson to appoint Mullens as Interim Provost

That’s the rumor overheard Saturday night down at the opening of the Faculty Club’s new Lariviere Smoking Lounge:

“Seriously, it’s a brilliant move, gives me a little hope for this place. Mullens looks out for his people – he got his coaches 21% raises and bonuses, they didn’t even need a union, and he’s building them new offices too. He’s a creative fundraiser, and Phil Knight trusts him. Bean, on the other hand, well he’s had his shot at the job, and spent most of his time looking out for #1. This year he’s up for a performance review, and he knows what happened to Tomlin. Geller is meeting with Gottfredson Monday, says he’s got a plan to ease Bean out quickly. Something about a Provost Emeritus appointment …”

That’s all I know, they started whispering when the waiter came by to refill my scotch.

Mullens takes desperate measures to preserve sell-out streak

Discounts for the faculty? You know that had to hurt. They’re cheaper on stubhub, but it’s the thought that counts. The JH administrators get in free of course. Well, free to them. The academic budget gives athletics $375K for 80 seats, part of the secret Frohnmayer/Kilkenny deal. 9/5/2012.

 Dear University of Oregon faculty and staff members, 

It takes much more than good coaching to build a winning program. The success of our student-athletes in the classroom is just as important as their victories on the field. As members of the University of Oregon faculty and staff, you all make immeasurable contributions to the lives of our student-athletes, and we would like to show our appreciation. 

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is very pleased to be able to offer you the opportunity to purchase tickets for our home football games on Sept. 8 versus Fresno State and Sept. 15 versus Tennessee Tech at the special faculty and staff rate of $55 for Fresno State and $30 for Tennessee Tech. 

To take advantage of this offer, click this link http://bit.ly/UOFacStaff and enter in the code FSDUCKS 

Thanks for your support,

Rob Mullens
Director of Athletics

College football’s Grid of Shame

The Ducks may be a money loser for UO’s academic side, but they’ve been a gold mine for ambitious area sportswriters. A few years back ODE reporter Ryan Knutson turned his exposes of Kilkenny’s Matt Court arena financing scheme into an associate producer job at Frontline. Last week George Schroeder of the RG moved up to USA Today, while last year Rachel Bachman turned her investigative reporting for the Oregonian into a job at the WSJ. Her Grid of Shame is here. Thanks to Bojack for the link. 9/1/2012.

Housing bust good for Beavers?

According to an NBER working paper:

In The Effect of Housing Wealth on College Choice: Evidence from the Housing Boom (NBER Working Paper No. 18075), Michael Lovenheim and Lockwood Reynolds find that a $10,000 increase in a family’s housing wealth in the four years before they send a child off to college increases the likelihood that that child attends a public flagship school by 2 percent. Public flagship universities are the elite public universities in each state and are characterized by having higher student body SAT scores, higher faculty-student ratios, and more total and instructional spending per student than other public institutions. They usually cost more than other public schools as well. Given “growing evidence of the high labor market and educational attainment returns to college quality,” the authors conclude that the housing bust could change attendance decisions in ways that have “long-run effects on the supply of high-skilled labor and on income inequality.”

Although it’s worth pointing out that OSU students now have almost the same SAT scores as UO students. Scores for the OSU football players are 5% higher than for UO’s.