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Will Econ grad Dakota Prukop take a class at UO from Harbaugh?

Last updated on 12/17/2015

Ken Goe of the Oregonian asks the question, here. The Duck’s new QB is an Econ major at Montana State, and will come to UO as a grad student.

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As it happens, I have two degrees in economics from Montana State University, a BS and an MS. I transferred there after a year at Columbia University in NYC. I got a better education at MSU than at Columbia – it’s one of the reasons I’m an enthusiastic supporter of the academic mission of public universities like UO. The professors there were inspiring teachers for me.

And, by the time I graduated, I’d turned them into decent backcountry telemarkers too:

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The MSU economics program is pretty rigorous, so I’m very happy to hear that the Ducks have recruited Mr. Prukop. I’m guessing that AD Rob Mullens’s $200K academic fixer, Lorraine Davis, didn’t even need to bend the rules or lean on any faculty to get him admitted as a grad student. Maybe a few free tickets to the members of Roger Thompson’s special admits committee, which I assume the NCAA would not have any problems with. Probably better not to ask though.

I don’t know what department Mr. Prukop will be getting his MS from, but I’m hoping he can find time to talk with some of the UO economists about the NCAA cartel, a classic economic example of monopsonistic exploitation. If Tom Hart and Craig Pintens will let him talk, that is.


  1. Oregonsportsrighter 12/16/2015

    Oh so sad this U of O STUDENT-Athlete won’t get to expose you to what Oregon athletics might mean to him and his future! It’s your loss not his as I am sure your peers at the U of O will provide a greater chance of classroom achievement without prejudging him!

    • uomatters Post author | 12/16/2015

      Huh? Apparently you didn’t read my post.

  2. UOYodeler 12/17/2015

    Last I checked, the graduate transfer rule requires SAs to enroll in a graduate program not offered by their current school.

    • uomatters Post author | 12/17/2015

      Like any cartel, the NCAA hates freedom.

  3. Michael 12/17/2015

    Graduated with a 3.5 in 3 1/2 years. Bright kid.

    • uomatters Post author | 12/17/2015

      How’d he do in econometrics?

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