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.