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.
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.
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.
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.