While President Schill is cutting $9M from the academic budget, and about to propose 10% plus tuition increases.
You can’t make this shit up. From reporter James Crepea at the Oregonian:
“(The speakers) did not pop,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said. “What happened was there was a technical difficulty back at Matthew Knight Arena in the control center. So it was not the speakers blowing. In fact, our facilities guy said, ‘I don’t know.’ They had to go check.
“Irregardless of that, we have been looking for the last two years at a sound system upgrade but when we started digging into it and seeing the costs we started looking at a bigger project that maybe we should consider because our video board is getting old. We’re still in that process of evaluating what’s the best way to do it.”
The costs of such a project could vary enormously depending mostly on how vast a structure is required to build a new video board.
Mullens said the East end of Autzen Stadium would be “ideal” for the new video board as long as the structural costs don’t get out of hand.
“It’s total ballpark — and it’s risky to put out a number, then it’s a number people get locked into — we’re probably in the $12 million range,” Mullens said.