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UO’s non-tenure track faculty to take generous $45K buyout offer

Update: Sorry, there is no such offer for real UO faculty. UO is planning to lay off ~75 non-tenured and pro-tem faculty in RL, AAD, CoE, and the SOJC with no buyout at all.

But things are a little different over in Rob Mullens’ heavily subsidized Duck athletic empire. The Oregonian’s Andrew Greif has the follow-up to the Emerald report that the $175K volleyball coach (or, in the preferred nomenclature of our General Counsel’s office, the volleyball professor) was being fired for cause, here:

… When asked about the letter and the allegations of abusive behavior, senior associate athletic director Craig Pintens said Oregon wouldn’t comment. …

And it now seems that Mullens will pay the coach a few months salary to leave quietly – let’s call it $45K – and will also find alternative work for his assistant/spouse. Emerald reporter Jonathan Hawthorne spikes it:

The [shameless PR flack Craig Pintens press release] added that Moore will work remotely to craft a transition plan to ensure the the program’s success going forward.

Meanwhile, Provost Coltrane’s academic budget is still subsidizing the Jock Box to the tune of $2.4M a year, we’re paying Mullens $500K a year for Frohnmayer’s Mac Court land scam, and don’t get me started on the overhead.

Update: The Oregonian’s Andrew Greif has made a PR request for a list of self-reported NCAA infractions involving volleyball, here. At many schools these are posted on the web, but the Duck athletic department does its best to hide them. Not always successfully. Here’s the 1981 opinion from the Oregon DOJ, written when Dave Frohnmayer was AG, ordering a partial release of the report from some long forgotten 1979 scandal. Very interesting reading which bears on many current issues, including FERPA and the claim that coaches are faculty:

This opinion was very useful back when Gottfredson was President, and UO was trying to hide information about the Willie Lyles scandal.

3/13/2014: Two more UO faculty fired, apparently “for cause.”

The Daily Emerald has the scoop here.  But they’re only UO faculty in the alternative-fact world of our General Counsel’s Office, so that they can hide their personnel records from public records requests. They’re really Duck volleyball coaches.


  1. even athletics 03/13/2017

    is having to trim their NTTF.

  2. honest Uncle Bernie 03/13/2017

    For the life of me, I don’t see why UO faculty personnel records should be any more or less confidential than those of other staff members.

    • UO Matters Post author | 03/13/2017

      I assume the Oregon law goes back to academic freedom and the red scare, or maybe faculty participation in Vietnam protests.

  3. OR Native 03/13/2017

    So far they’re still on the payroll. I think they have some basketball program “dirt” that they’re using to bargain their way out. Or, is it football?

    • UO Matters Post author | 03/13/2017

      The comment above is unsubstantiated gossip of the most despicable sort. It is a well known fact that the Duck basketball and football programs are pure, clean, and entirely free of “dirt”.

      • eugenenative 03/13/2017

        I think the word you’re searching for is “scurrilous.”

        • UO Matters Post author | 03/14/2017

          Exactly. I’m sure another opportunity for it will come up.

  4. duckduckgo 03/15/2017

    People usually justify outlandish football coach salaries because they bring in revenue, even though their salary as a fraction of revenue is enormous compared to other occupations. But what is the justification for paying a volleyball coach $175k plus perks? I have almost been trained to think of that as a reasonable amount… after all, it is not millions of dollars. He is, though, one of the highest paid “faculty” on campus, for overseeing a small and insignificant operation.

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