In 2004, UO’s Athletics Task Force Report called for the Duck athletic department to start making payments to help with UO’s academic mission. It never happened. In fact, a few years later Frohnmayer, Kilkenny, and Knight made a series of secret agreements that left the academic side holding the bag for millions in new athletics costs. After these agreements became public, Richard Lariviere stopped letting AD Rob Mullens make the claim that the Ducks weren’t subsidized by the athletic side.
But, apparently as one of his last acts, Mike Gottfredson ordered Ann Wiens (his chief speechwriter, strategic communicator, editor of the Oregon Quarterly alumni magazine, and author of this classic bit of puffery) to bring this, and several other questionable claims back from the grave: