Update: Gottfredson repudiates "U of Nike", fires Hawkins and Mullens

8/12/2013 update: The Daily Emerald is trying to use Dave Hubin’s public records office to get to the bottom of things:

Strategic Communication emails 

Requester: Crump, Jake
Organization: Oregon Daily Emerald
Initial Request Date: 08/12/2013 Status: Requesting/Reviewing Records 

To view any and all emails dated Aug. 1 through Aug. 11, between UO VP for strategic communication Phil Weiler, UO VP for university advancement Mike Andreasen and the following athletic department employees:· Jeff Hawkins· Rob Mullens· Craig Pintens· Dave Wiliford· Andy McNamara 

We would like this search to look for, but is not limited to, the following keywords: “university of nike”, nike, the Register-Guard, “letter to the editor,” the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and “universityofnike.com

Still no word from Hubin on waiving fees for student-journalists. The STC voted unanimously to support this, and Hubin said the administration would move expeditiously on it. That was in February. Seems like Gottfredson got cold feet.

8/12/2013 update: Looking for a scapegoat Rob? There’s a rumor that Mullens almost fired Hawkins last week, for letting slip to reporters what everyone over in the Moshofsky center has bragged about in private for years. Meanwhile, a very interesting RG story by Diane Dietz today on the unhealthy kind of competition the Jock Box and Sweat Shop nurture:

How do you teach humility in the context of such world-class facilities? 

“There has to be a relationship,” Doty [US Army lieutenant colonel and West Point instructor, retired] said, “where this quarterback is a great quarterback, and he’s going to win a Heisman Trophy — blah, blah, blah, blah — but he’s also still a student at the University of Oregon, and he needs to behave and be treated within the classroom and in the community as just another guy. Most importantly, he needs to understand that.” 

Pendleton [UO philosophy PhD and co-founder of the Sports and Conflict Institute] said the lavish buildings reflect certain values. 

“The meta-message is clearly that athletics takes priority in a lot of ways over the academic aspects of the school. How, when you see the quality of the facilities, could you not conclude that?” he asked. 

“Let me put it as diplomatically as I know how. I do not think that someone could defend (the exclusivity), if there were to be a public debate on the subject, in terms of any ideals that we would defend as being appropriate to a university.” 

But the Ducks keep claiming the Jock Box and Sweat Shop are good for all of the University of Nike, not just for themselves:

The lives of football players are exceptionally demanding and the players need the extra back-up to succeed, their coaches say. Plus, the football operations center lifts the whole university, Helfrich said in a recent interview.

UO student-journalist Craig Garcia has a rather different take, today in the Daily Emerald.

8/11/2013: Just kidding, UO President Mike Gottfredson is still keeping his head down. Maybe he’ll make some typically evasive remarks at this week’s leadership retreat, about these quotes in the NYT:

“People will complain, but this is not excessive,” said Rob Mullens, the university’s athletic director.

“We are the University of Nike,” said Jeff Hawkins, the senior associate athletic director of football administration and operations. “We embrace it. We tell that to our recruits.”

Keep me posted, we’ll want these for Gottfredson’s next secret performance evaluation. No, this is about a letter to the RG Editors from Senior Associate Athletic Director Jeff Hawkins, complaining about their recent news stories, which he’s posted it on the “GoDucks” website here.

Whoops, sorry, that’s the link to the secret deal Frohnmayer signed with Kilkenny, 2 weeks before stepping down, that makes the academic side pay $467K a year for the Matt Court land, cut the AD’s overhead in half to the tune of $555K a year, and requires Gottfredson to pay the jocks $400K a year to use the “President’s Box” at Autzen.

Hawkins’ attempt to blame the RG for taking his quote out of context is on goducks.com somewhere, try google. He’s angry because, after 3 full days, the RG still hasn’t published his letter. Maybe they’re waiting for Gottfredson, just like the faculty is still waiting for him to take action on the May resolution to end the athletic subsidies?
OK, here’s “The Hawk’s” letter from GoDucks.com. And get your t-shirts here, before Nike’s lawyers shut me down:

On August 8, 2013 at 11:43 A.M., Senior Associate Athletic Director Jeff Hawkins submitted a Letter to the Editor of The Register Guard regarding a quote attributed to him. 

The letter has yet to be published, despite the fact Mr. Hawkins appeared on the front page of The Register Guard three times in less than a week. There have been numerous letters published regarding the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex [or, as it’s known on campus, the Sweat shop] since its opening.

Per The Register Guard, “Because of the volume of mail, all letters cannot be published.” 

Here is the full text of Mr. Hawkins’ Letter to the Editor.

Dear Editor: 

A comment I made during a tour of the University of Oregon’s new Hatfield-Dowlin Football Complex has been taken out of context, and I feel I owe the members of my university and this community an explanation. 

When I said “We are the University of Nike,” I meant it as a metaphor for the shared ideals and passions that I believe exist between the UO athletic department and those of Nike, whose founder, Phil Knight, and his wife, Penny, have made extraordinary contributions to both academics and athletics at the UO. After all, the birthplace of Nike was on the playing fields of Oregon. The invention of the waffle track shoe by Oregon Coach Bill Bowerman revolutionized sports performance forever. Oregon student-athlete Phil Knight transformed those ideas into a sports-marketing empire. Both men exemplify the innovation and devotion to excellence that I associate with the UO. Both went on to become great philanthropists to the university and global game-changers. 

The Ducks are innovative and achievement oriented, driven to excellence. Students and student-athletes see us as ahead of the curve, smart, successful, cool, and fun. I see these characteristics as true not only of athletics, but of the university as a whole. 

I’ve been part of this great institution for almost 13 years, and I feel passionately about the UO. It’s my greatest hope that my 10-year old daughter will attend here someday. Rest assured, when she does, she will be coming for the UO’s outstanding academic programs. 

Jeff Hawkins
Senior Associate Athletic Director of Football Administration and Operations
University of Oregon

Nice bonus – we should have info on the latest admin and athletics raises in a few weeks.

Can Mike Andreasen keep his job?

6/6/2013: I’m all in favor of spending big bucks on fundraising. All the studies I’ve seen show it can pay off. But at UO most of the donations go to the jocks. I’m still waiting to see the Robin Jaqua gift letter, which may explain just how Duck athletic director Rob Mullens was able to roll Mike Andreasen and UO’s academic side for $5M. Meanwhile, this sort of thing does not build a lot of confidence in our team. Thanks to Anonymous for forwarding the email:

“I believe as an industry we are on the cusp of important new strides in building long-term sustainable international partnerships …”

Sent on behalf of Mike Andreasen

Advancement Colleagues:

I want to take this opportunity to share some of the early organizational changes that I have decided to make as we continue the transition to an Advancement model.   I look forward to sharing more details with you at one of our upcoming all staff meetings.  As we return to this model, we stand by our guiding principles:  a value of, and appreciation for, the many distinct programmatic responsibilities and expertise across the portfolios of University Relations and Development; a commitment to increasing our efficiencies and effectiveness as a unified unit; and our enthusiasm to take the very best of our previously Advancement structure and build upon it.

To that end I want to share with you some initial restructuring and a few personnel updates.

Tim Clevenger

I am pleased to announce that Tim has agreed to take on a new role in our Advancement organization as the Associate Vice President for Communications, Marketing and Brand Management.  In taking on the new role, Tim will lead, oversee and coordinate the university’s communications and branding efforts. He will work to consolidate and coordinate staff efforts across the Advancement team, and more comprehensively across campus.  Tim brings years of private sector experience in these fields and will lead our teams in this broad portfolio.  Additionally, while at the university he has developed an effective strategic and branding plan for the UOAA and as a member of the senior management team, he will continue to advance these important efforts.

Carole Daly

Carole has informed me of her decision to retire from the university in June 2014.  Carole has served the university with distinction and personal dedication and we look forward to properly celebrating and thanking her for her contributions to the UO.  In light of her decision, I am announcing the creation of a new senior leadership position that will combine components of Carole’s current role with the role of Executive Director of the UOAA.  As such, this new senior leader will be the AVP Annual & Regional Advancement and the Executive Director of the UOAA.  Tim and Carole will continue to serve in their current managerial roles until this position has been filled.

For the remainder of fiscal ’14, Carole will work directly with me and Vice President Thompson on developing a strategic fundraising plan for scholarships including a portfolio of leadership gifts in this area as part of the campaign.

AVP Annual & Regional Advancement/Executive Director of the UOAA

This new position will lead us through a very innovative and entrepreneurial approach to serve our donors and alumni.  This position will coordinate our approach to annual giving, alumni memberships, regional engagement including gifts, alumni chapters and will oversee a new alumni membership services model for the UOAA.  This model will provide a strategic opportunity to approach our prospect, donor, and alumni base with a more comprehensive overview of methods to engage with the university.  I look forward to sharing more of my thoughts and expectations of this new collaboration between the Development and UOAA teams, and to working with our colleagues in both areas as we further develop our strategies for this new exciting area.

John Manotti

After years of service in our central Development office and most recently as our AVP for Principal Gifts, I am very pleased to share with you that John has agreed to lead a very important new initiative for us.  In his new role of AVP for International Advancement, John will bring his in-depth knowledge of the campus; his years of successful fundraising, domestically and abroad; his commitment to our alumni and donors; and his positive energetic approach to one our most promising new efforts.  I believe as an industry we are on the cusp of important new strides in building long-term sustainable international partnerships with our alumni, parents, corporate partners, and sovereign nations.  While philanthropy and financial investment are often our most tangible measure of success, I am convinced that the broader Advancement effort is a more accurate view of our international opportunities and I couldn’t be more encouraged by John’s willingness to take on this challenge.  Working closely with the Vice Provost for International Affairs, John will work across campus and around the world to foster these new relationships and partnerships.

Paul Elstone

As part of our restructuring efforts and in response to several of the changes above, I have asked Paul to expand his management and oversight portfolio.  Paul will be elevated to Associate Vice President and the fundraising areas in the Museum for Natural & Cultural History, the Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Bach Festival, and the Office of Gift Planning will be added to his portfolio.  I want to acknowledge Paul for the leadership he has provided over the past three years and thank him for his willingness to take on this expanded role. In addition, Paul will work with colleagues across University Development to continue to improve the coordination of all major gift activity.


Mike Andreasen

Vice President, Advancement

University of Oregon

NCAA academic reforms go bad

If there’s one thing the jocks understand it’s how to take the rules and run with them. Today’s excellent story in Inside Higher Ed, by Gerald Gurney and Richard M. Southall, dissects the 2003 NCAA academic reforms – pushed by former UO Pres Myles Brand – and shows how they have been subverted by athletic departments and cooperative central administrators:

Presidents of Division I universities, with the assistance of their athletics programs and some faculty enamored with athletics, knowingly accept watered-down curriculums for specially admitted underprepared athletes as the price of big-time college sport. They willingly leverage loose admissions standards with special exceptions reserved for athletes, massive remedial programs and less rigorous academic majors to maintain or achieve winning programs to keep their donors and regents pleased and proud. The promise of a world-class education and opportunity is a great hoax.

Read it all, reflect on how much of this is happening at UO, and think about what we can do about it, here, soon. Let’s start with having President Gottfredson giving the faculty access to the data on academic performance which the Senate unanimously asked him to provide by last month. 2/14/13.

Ducks cash in on lottery bucks, but Beavs do better

The lottery subsidies to the athletics department are for 2009-2011, a holdover from some long-forgotten failed scheme to allow lottery gambling on college football games. Kitzhaber’s budget takes the money away from OUS and gives it to educational purposes:

More from the remarkably transparent, and appropriately garish Oregon Lottery site, here:

OSU is even on the jock money, and way ahead on getting cash for their academic side. And they even let regular students use their “Student Success Center”, while regular UO students in the Jock Box ain’t gonna happen – even though Bean makes them pay all of the $1.83M a year for the athlete-only tutoring costs.

University cuts scholarships to buy out coach

at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville:

After Tennessee fired its coach last week, the university’s chancellor said the athletic department would forgo $18 million in contributions it was to make to the university over the next three years for academic scholarships and fellowship programs.
Instead, some of the money will be used to pay the severance packages of the coach, Derek Dooley, who is owed $5 million, and his staff, which is owed a reported $4 million if it is not retained. Dooley had four years remaining on his contract.

Wait – their AD was giving $6 million a year to the academic side? That’s about what Rob Mullens *takes* from UO’s academic side. 12/1/2012.

Chip Kelly to leave UO for Eagles, Mullens to pay off overhead bill.

12/1/2012: That’s the rumor from the coaches’ hot tub. If true, Kelly’s contract requires him to pay UO $2.5 million. VPFA Jamie Moffitt will make sure this goes directly to the academic side, to cover the AD’s 3 years of overhead underpayments, and reimburse our students for half this year’s Jock Box costs. Right, Jamie?

If Kelly leaves soon enough, he might even avoid having Rob Mullens dock his pay for the costs we’ve had to pay for the Willie Lyles investigation, and any NCAA fines:

UO needs a new Provost

Read Interim Provost Jim Bean’s 2010 op-ed in the Oregonian, defending the decision to spend $1.83 million a year of regular students’s tuition money on the athlete only Jacqua Center for Student Athletes – or as the NY Times calls it, the Jock Box. Then read about how Duck AD Rob Mullens was allowed to use all the earnings from a $5 million donation to UO to replace the tiny bit the athletic department was paying – nothing toward the academic side’s costs.

Then read today’s Register Guard story on the crunch in classroom space for regular UO students. I’m no economist, but the $1.83 million per year the students are paying the athletic department would have financed a $35,599,612.29 classroom building, with 30 year tax exempt bonds at 3.125%.

UO needs a new provost. 8/12/2012.

Update: In the comments, The Dog analyzes Chris Ramey’s statement in the article:

However, over the past two decades, spending on academic buildings and sports facilities — not counting housing and other student-focused buildings — has been roughly equal, according to Ramey’s analysis, although it doesn’t include the football operations center that’s under construction. 

I don’t see how Ramey’s math works here either – and even if it does, is it really OK that 50% of all new construction over the past 20 years has been for the jocks? Amazing. UO needs to tax contributions to the Ducks.

Millions for jocks, not a cent for scholars

1/18/2012: That’s the word on the $5 million Jock Box gift from John Jaqua’s widow. Greg Bolt explains the basics, here. Duck press release here. And now Rob Mullens has admitted that he is going to use all the proceeds to cover the small part of the maintenance and utilities that the athletic department must pay. Not a cent will go to help the academic side pay for the $1.83 million cost of running the athlete-only tutoring operations. Where was UO’s VP for Development Mike Andreasenwhile this gift was being negotiated? Not doing his job for the academic side. Where was UO Foundation President Paul Weinhold? Cashing his paycheck. What is the probability that the widowed 91-year-old donor, the generous and rather interesting Robin Jaqua, understood how UO’s athletic department would use her gift? ____%. Meanwhile, the athletic department is continuing to play hardball with the students over football tickets and costs. Because they are that greedy. Emily Schiola has the story in the ODE.

$5 million Jock Box endowment

1/17/2012: Looks like B-School prof Dennis Howard is right about how athletic success increases athletic donations, not academic ones. The Rose Bowl win is paying off – for the athletic department. Colton Totland is reporting in the ODE that Robin Jaqua is establishing a $5 million endowment to help pay for the operating costs of the Jock Box. Under UO foundation rules this will produce about $200,000 a year. The latest data on the costs was reported by Greg Bolt in the RG back in May. UO spends about $4,000 in tutoring costs per athlete, versus about $225 for regular students. Regular students foot the bill for the athletes – about $1.83 million a year, total. Why do regular students have to pay for a building they can’t use? Ask Jim Bean, it makes perfect sense to him.

We gave the athletic department the land free, and the only thing they pay for is 2/3 of the operating costs of the building – maintenance and utilities. This endowment is just enough to cover those, so the cost to the academic side will be unchanged. Or maybe some of this money will actually be used to offset what the regular students must pay for the athlete’s tutoring. We’ll see.

Who pays for new Jock Box floor?

12/20/2011: Sam Stites of the ODE asks – and gets some answers. Mostly the state self-insurance fund. Meaning money that could have been used for the many pressing needs of state government. Instead, taxpayers will pay $121,647, including $45,460 for engraving the athlete’s names. You’ve got to admire the shamelessness of people who would put in a claim to the state for this egofice. Nothing more fun than spending other people’s money:

Both Bob Beals and Steve Stolp declined to comment on the insurance policy despite being listed as contacts on the insurance claim report.

And of course there’s the ~$2 million per year in regular student tuition that goes to fund the athlete-only tutoring and other expenses for our “self-supporting” athletics department. Phil Knight’s Jock Box: the gift that keeps on taking.

Academic side pays Jock Box electricity bill

11/3/2011: I’m not exactly shocked to learn that the Jaqua Center glass box burns through electricity like a Norwegian Casino. But it is rather surprising to discover that the academic side of UO – meaning tuition money, mostly – pays the electric bill. The athletic department sticks us with a bunch of other maintenance costs as well, totaling about $160,000 a year:

Sure, we’ll take out your trash, Mr. Mullens. And, of course, as we learned from the Register Guard earlier this year, general fund money also pays for the athlete only tutoring operation itelf – about $1.8 million, last time I looked. Let’s round it to a $2 million subsidy. Here is a summary of the previous stories:

5/8/2011: Greg Bolt has dual front page stories on the UO administration’s complicity in subsidizing UO athletics with state tax revenue and regular student tuition, in today’s Register Guard. The first compares the dismal support services for regular students with what the athletes get at what the NY Times calls UO’s “Jock Box”:

The agreement requires the UO to run the Jaqua Center “at the leading edge of academic excellence” by substantially increasing staff and services. The cost of providing those services comes from the UO’s academic budget, not from the athletic department. It comes to almost $2 million a year, which works out to about $4,000 per student-athlete. … (vs. about $225 a year for regular students.)

Bolt’s second story points out it’s the regular students who pay for the athletes-only Jock Box extravaganza:

At the University of Oregon, the cost is borne by the UO’s overall academic budget. It’s not part of the athletics department’s budget.

The weird part is that, given how his gift letter reads, I think Phil Knight expected the athletic department would pay for this – but then they realized they could trick our Provost, and keep the money for their own salaries. So get that dumb jock stereotype out of your head. We are the fools here.

Scholarships: $6 million for academics, $9 million for athletics

10/20/2011: Institutional Research reports that last year the UO Foundation spent ~$6 million on Academic, merit, and need scholarships.

Puts that $3.2 million overhead subsidy for athletics into perspective. Oh yeah, the Foundation spent almost $9 million on athletic scholarships. And of course the athletic department spent $2 million of general funds on the Jock Box tutoring. Athletes only.

Student-athlete center to allow non-athletes

6/1/2011: Only problem is that it will be in Corvallis:

Campus officials are set to build a $14-million Student Success Center, just north of Reser Stadium. It will feature classroom space, computer labs and more room for student tutoring.
More academic help for a growing campus.

Oregon State’s Assistant Vice President, Todd Simmons, explains, “We’re now up to 24,000 students and by all indications we’ll be well up over 25,000, maybe closer to 26,000 students this fall.” At first, the project was going to be just for O-S-U student athletes. That policy at the University of Oregon’s Jaqua Center has angered many non-athletic students.

Reporter Tom Adams asked Simmons, “Given the controversy to your brethren to the south (U-O) over the Jaqua Center–how much did that controversy enter into your thinking here?”

Simmons: “Well, I think as with most things, OSU does its own, follows its own path.”
Provosts say all students will have access to the new center when it opens next year. 

Brubaker-Cole told KVAL, “It’s the perfect timing to have this new building come up for us to expand services and help more students in their success at OSU.”

Meanwhile, here at UO the word is that the subsidy for the Jock Box will be still higher this coming year.