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RG trashes UO’s secret drug deal

Their editorial board is just not buying what Mullens and Geller are selling and writes a strong editorial protesting efforts to start random drug tests of Duck players without probable cause and without genuine public discussion of that policy. They trust the faculty Senate more than they trust the UO administration. Really? No confidence in a lawyer who sends emails like this, trying to intimidate the faculty into shutting up?

Dear [UO Senate President Rob Kyr and IAC Chair Brian McWhorter]

I received your email of July 24, 2012, requesting a delay in the public hearing scheduled for August 23rd, 2012. The hearing will be rescheduled for September 13, 2012. Written comments will be accepted until noon on September 14, 2012. We will similarly postpone the date the rule will be filed with the Secretary of State and become final. The rule will be filed on September 21, 2012.

Your allegations about the University’s rulemaking processes are offensive and false , as are the comments made publicly by members of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. I ask that you apologize in writing to President Berdahl, Rob Mullens, and me. I also ask that you censure the members of the IAC who have published offensive and defamatory comments.

Randolph Geller  

General Counsel
University of Oregon

I’ll go out on a limb here and predict that Gottfredson puts this hack job of a policy on hold and again postpones the public meeting on it, which Geller has now rescheduled a second time for Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm in the Walnut Room of the EMU. The Senate meeting follows a week later.

It’s an election year, there’s a popular marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot, and vote-by-mail will start Oct 20th. The growers are heavy donors to the statewide races, and don’t get me started on their grassroots supporters, who have a way of taking over public meetings even when they have nothing to do with hemp. Turnout will be huge. If they actually hold this meeting, Mullens and Geller and Gottfredson are going to have to defend mandatory random testing for marijuana use in Matt Court, and it’s not going to be the usual home game crowd.

Forget about trying to get publicity for any major UO restructuring or fundraising initiatives. Instead Gottfredson is going to be spending a lot of time on national TV, explaining why he thinks Duck football is more important than the 4th Amendment. What a waste. 9/9/2012.


  1. James Otis, Jr. 09/09/2012

    I didn’t fight the British Crown and its Writs of Assistance so that my country’s colleges could someday make children pee in a cup before letting them play a game.

  2. Anonymous 09/09/2012

    Man, this email must really give UOMatters a hard-on, for it is the tenth time it has been posted here regardless of the issue.

    • Anonymous 09/10/2012

      I like that letter. Although, I do prefer the Geller apology… any chance we could see that again?

    • uomatters 09/10/2012

      I’m waiting for the one he’s writing to the Senate …

    • Anonymous 09/10/2012

      Does that count the time he posted it on the RG site? Can’t blame him though…

    • uomatters 09/10/2012

      I’ve got a collection of Geller’s defamation threat emails, but this one’s my favorite for sure.

  3. Anonymous 09/10/2012

    Well, he sure had me scared, until I saw the curly font he uses for his sig.

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