Game Day

10/22/13: For more on ESPN and it’s influence on big-time college football, here’s a good NYT story. The PAC-12 deal with ESPN is worth $3 billion, through 2024. How much of that goes to UO’s academic side? Maybe a negative 6 million or so a year. Still no action on the Senate resolution calling for Gottfredson to end those subsidies.

Dear Colleagues:

On Saturday, October 26, the UO is once again hosting ESPN College GameDay. It could be argued that ESPN College GameDay is one of the main reasons why the source here states ESPN is one the most popular cable networks across the country. The production will be staged on the Memorial Quad with set-up scheduled to begin early Thursday morning. In preparation for the trucks of equipment that will be arriving, all vehicles will have to be moved out of the Johnson Hall parking lot before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, and the lot will be fully occupied through the morning of Sunday, October 27.
The Memorial Quadrangle is the grass area between the Knight Library (south) and Lillis Business Complex (north), and Prince Lucien Campbell and Condon halls (west) and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Chapman Hall (east) on the west side of campus near 13th Avenue and Kincaid Street. Please let us know if there are any activities scheduled in these buildings that may not be on a master schedule or anyone else’s radar. Email Margaret Mahoney with that information:

This will be ESPN College GameDay’s eighth visit to our campus. Given the success in previous years of staging on the Memorial Quad, and the dedicated efforts of UO staff, we anticipate another positive experience. Let me emphasize that ESPN is respectful of the UO’s academic mission, and classes and students will remain the top priority on Thursday and Friday.
More information will be forthcoming in AroundtheO today.
Thanks for your cooperation.

Scott Coltrane
Interim Senior Vice President and Provost
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6 Responses to Game Day

  1. Anonymous says:

    If ‘ifs and buts were candies and nuts’, Game Day would show up at Grambling next week. That they never would consider such a programing debacle exposing the raw sports reality for non-elite programs (read: no sugar daddy) gives pause to any sentiment that “ESPN is respectful of UO’s academic mission”.

  2. Old Man says:

    UOM writes “Still no action on the Senate resolution calling for Gottfredson to end those subsidies.” UOM should know that Mike already responded to the Resolution. If UOM wants more action than that he can (as he well knows) get his corporeal self over to the Senate and introduce Legislation calling for the desired budget change. Now THAT would get some real action — of one kind or the other. Just do it!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s odd he even says “classes and students will remain the top priority” in a letter to colleagues. Shouldn’t need to be said if it’s true.

    • Anonymous says:

      Occupy Eugene was mildly disruptive, the administration talked them in to moving their camp off the quad, to the Duck Pond. Seems like that would be a good idea here too.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, but wouldn’t that harm the other unspoken “mission” of UO: to be a leader in the fledgling NCAA Pro College Football League?

  4. Anonymous says:

    “classes and students will remain the top priority” Really, Scott? Are you now among those you believe that by saying it it becomes true? If it’s that easy, keep repeating “We value our faculty” and see what you’re left with as those who can get up and leave.

    Here. Let me try.

    “My employer is treats me well and pays me a fair wage.” Hmm… nothing.

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