Because the lesson from Penn State is

that coaches need private hot tubs with waterproof video displays. Diane Dietz of the RG on UO’s newest football palace.

FWIW, AD Rob Mullens never completed the report to OUS on how he’d cover the operating expenses. My suggestion – cut baseball. $76,274,142 in expenses for crap like this, but ask Mullens what the Ducks can afford to give UO back for academic scholarships, and his answer is $0. From the report to the NCAA:

The full report is available on the Ducks financial info page here – created after a few public records requests and petitions to the AG.

Update: The RG is reporting that the Ducks falsely claimed that there were never any private hot tub plans – sorry, it’s right there in the blueprints. That’s transparency for you.

But Duck spokesperson Craig Pintens is now saying that there will be no private hot tub – damn NCAA lawyers.

But now Duck spokesperson Dave Williford reports that the hot-tub and adjoining steam room are still in the plans, but will be open to all the football coaches, in a special shared “wet room”. 7/17/2012.

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22 Responses to Because the lesson from Penn State is

  1. Anonymous says:

    A hot tub–and they still can’t fix the fountain in front of Knight Library.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Looks like there’s a full document there, can we see it? Just curious.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Executive washrooms just aren’t what they used to be. What next, dancing girls? Oh, wait ..

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m sorry, the Library is an academic unit. We only maintain sports facilities….

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hey, cut coach Kelley a little slack: The poor
    coach needs a hot tub in his office to relieve the stress from all the flak he hasta put up with from UO Matters, the libruhl media, etc.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Here is my proposal:
    1- Launch a counter campaign… change I love my Ducks, to I love my Academics
    2- institute a policy that every donated dollar for athletics MUST be matched on the academic side… so you don’t wind up with Billions to sports & zip to academics (current “program”)
    3- Love your idea to make the athletics dept pay back for scholarship monies

    Chip Kelly ought to be in the *hot seat* not the *hot tub*, when his star players were busted on I-5 & said they had no more weed because they smoked it all…. Chipper decided that was not probable cause to drug test those guys?

    Win the day is code for it’s all about the scores.
    Ethics or following the student code of conduct– optional, if you are an athlete.

    Is anyone paying attention to the other part of the RG article saying there will be hidden costs, sucking the lifeblood from academic coffers.

    The list goes on…
    Again, though, the presence (or lack thereof) of a mere jacuzzi is a footnote compared to the rest of the amenities, which are not in dispute:

    • Two movie theaters;
    • An advanced video editing and distribution center;
    • An Oregon Duck football museum;
    • Separate conference rooms for offense and defense;
    • A 2,285-square-foot players lounge and deck;
    • One hundred twenty-four climate-controlled lockers, equipped with iPod dock and charging station;
    • Industrial-sized kitchen, 150-seat dining hall and 50-seat private dining room;
    • A White House-style “war room,” with a long conference table, 17 “executive seats” and (of course) a buffet for late-night sessions.

    That’s right, keep arguing about the hot tub while Chip Kelly conducts serious business in his war room. No wonder he turned down the NFL.

    No matter what– Chip is laughing all the way to the bank.
    Besides his 6 year $20.5 million contract- he made $2.6 million.
    Plus a $100,000 bonus for the Pac-12 conference
    and an additional $75,000 for the Rose Bowl Berth.
    Chippers contract automatically extended another year with the Rose bowl win- a guaranteed salary of $4 million
    for those 2 additional years.

    What an embarrassment to the university, the out of control athletics situation has become.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’d like to know your sources that tell you that there were never any drug tests applied to any of the players in the car. Kelly’s always kept discipline internal and private, which really isn’t reason to assume he’s doing nothing.

      reign your conspiracy in.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, apparently Paterno and Spanier preferred to keep discipline private too. Sandusky on the other hand didn’t mind a little screaming.

      Drop the hero worship – every fan ought to see where that leads by now.

    • Anonymous says:

      So what you’re trying to tell me is that unless Chip Kelly, nay, the entire university publicly shames and goes into detail about the punishment of every 18, 19, 20 year old…there’s going to be unthinkable crimes going on?

      If there are any professors on here, please tell me what your department’s policy on discipline of students is, especially concerning who you are required to notify.

    • Anonymous says:

      Good point. The science department I am part of would only respond to academic misbehavior, and there are privacy regulations about that. No one would do anything about a science major smoking some pot. How did the athletic department get into the nanny business anyway?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Some push back has to happen if the university isn’t going to be taken over completely, and this is where Gottfredson’s lead will become important. Where will he stand on this and will he cave?

    Will UO blindly continue it’s march (and mindset) to be a ‘brand’, or will it retain some aspect of true ‘university’? Will ESPN be able to sticker up more academic buildings with alter-Nike neon yellow logos while trying to ‘rent’ more property to build more sports facilities for UO to maintain, or will the university community coalesce into an effective working unit to reign in outside influences? Hasn’t it already been shown that mega sports donations don’t bring much academic benefit?

    It’s a little late but not impossible.

    • Old Man says:

      As President, Gottfredson is positioned to lead. On the other hand, there is no reason why the Faculty can’t exercise some leadership. Bring your favorite idea to the Senate in the form of a Motion. C’mon, just do it!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am tired of all the negativism. Instead of complaining about what other people have, those of us who work in PLC should reflect on our own good fortune. For years my PLC office faced west. I didn’t need a sauna next to my office, because my office was a sauna by 2:00 in the afternoon. One year, a swarm of bees decided to colonize my book shelves. I was told that if I wanted new screens for my windows I would have to pay for it myself. Students were always impressed with my office, though. They were especially intrigued by the huge crack in the wall (from a basement explosion in the late 1960s) that was never fixed. Old timers told me of how, in the building’s first years, there was no hot water on the PLC’s top floors, so people had walk five flights of stairs to find a working bathroom. It all made for a spirit of community that people remember fondly, rather like the London blitz of World War Two. Rumor has it, by the way, that no U of O president has stepped into PLC since Robert Clark.

  9. Anonymous says:

    “I am tired of all the negativism. Instead of complaining about what other people have, those of us who work in PLC should reflect on our own good fortune.”

    Indeed. And didn’t you get a brick refacing last year? Job creation! You should be proud.

  10. Anonymous says:

    And really, those bees were giving you local honey.

  11. Anonymous says:

    You forget the free music and the guy screaming about LTD, all available to those in PLC whose windows face west.

    As a member of the Religious Studies department, Lariviere did visit PLC.

  12. Anonymous says:

    The FAC investigated PLC in the late 1990’s and found out it would not survive even a mild earth-quake. The study was done by a member of architecture, who specializes in the sort of thing. Unfortunately (for those in PLC–who had hoped this would mean their building would be torn down), there were several other buildings that were even more dangerous. Frohnmayer said the university did not have the money to fix any of them, so they remain in their precarious state. As a member of the FAC, my memory is that Frohnmayer had to be reminded several times which building was PLC. This was around the time that the law school got a new building, thanks to Phil Knight.