Phil Knight caught selling shoes, banned from Duck games

11/5/2013: Whoops sorry. It’s a pair of Duck *players* that were selling basketball shoes. Totally unacceptable for players to earn any money from big-time college sports. That’s for the boosters like Knight, and the coaches like Dana Altman – whose $1.8M contract gives him plenty of shoe money:

Rob Mullens on "the industry", plus concussion contest!

1/18/13. Rob Moseley of the RG extracts a little too much honesty from UO’s well incentivized Athletic Director Rob Mullens, talking about the search for a new football coach:

“I think we do things the right way here; I think most people in the industry absolutely understand that,” Mullens said. “I just have confidence that, industry wide, people know what’s going on here, and people are doing it the right way.”

Uh, you’re supposed to take your $500K and pretend this is all about academics and amateurs, Rob.

Then there’s this quick contest. A free UO Matters coffee cup to the first winner, and apologies to Joe Moseley of “Around the O”, from whom I stole the idea:

  1. Research from UO’s Human Physiology program says concussion danger lasts for ____ months?
  2. Coach Dana Altman played Arsalan Kazemi against Oregon State ____ days after a concussion?
  3. ____% of UO athletes that know how to game the athletic department’s concussion test?
  4. UO has $____ million in insurance coverage from United Educators for an NFL type concussion lawsuit?
  5. VPFA Jamie Moffitt is making the athletic department pay $____ for this coverage, while hanging the rest on the academic side?

Dana Altman shows his stuff:

7/22/2011: Apparently it’s his willingness to take on a player with a domestic violence conviction and an urgent need to find a school on the quarter system that will not ask him to red-shirt for a year while working on his anger management issues. Let’s play some basketball!

It’s not like we’ve got a choice – we’ve still got $217 million in Matt Courts bonds to repay.