By doing this on the phone rather than Zoom, Board Secretary Angela Wilhelms has insured that we don’t have to look at Rob Mullens’s smug face, and that none of the reporters phoning in can understand a word the trustees are saying. I think I hear “budget deficit” and “raises for assistant coaches” though.
10:12: Avuncular UO Board of Trustees Chair Chuck Lillis, perhaps best known for his minor role as a board member of Washington Mutual during the largest financial bankruptcy in US history, brags he’s been betting on the Duck games, then calls the vote. It’s unanimous! Hearty round of “Go Ducks” and our Board has done its due diligence once again.
“Members of the media and public may listen to proceedings via teleconference by dialing 1-888-337-0215 and entering access code 6295684.”
The Board has posted Cristobal’s new contract here. On the one hand, the Board asserts, without providing any supporting evidence, that the raise “will be funded with secured private philanthropy”:
On the other hand, they write in the contract:
Here’s Cristobal’s previous contract.
12/16/2020: Ticket revenue is $0, student government has cut Duck athletics off from the usual $1.8M in student fee payments, and at the last board meeting VPFA Moffitt was concerned the Duck deficit might have to be financed from academic funds (about $5M of it already is). Uncle Phil is an old man, and I hope whatever promises President Schill has from him are in writing.
Chuck Lillis and Mike Schill will claim we need to pay coach this money because football builds the brand and brings in rich students who will pay high tuition. It’s not working:
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The Executive and Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees will hold a meeting at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time tomorrow, December 17. This is a single-item meeting for purposes regarding an employment contract for the head intercollegiate football coach. Members of the media and public may listen to proceedings via teleconference; that information will be available at https://trustees.uoregon.edu/meetings. Meeting materials will be available by going to that URL and clicking the “Upcoming Meetings” button; they are not yet finalized.
The next quarterly meeting of the full Board of Trustees is scheduled for March 8-9, 2021.
Office of the University Secretary
University of Oregon Board of Trustees
The Executive and Audit Committee will meet on Thursday, December 17th at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. This is a single-item meeting for purposes regarding an employment contract for the head intercollegiate football coach. Members of the media and public may listen to proceedings via teleconference by dialing 1-888-337-0215 and entering access code 6295684. Meeting materials will be available by clicking on the “Upcoming Meetings” button below.
Cristobal has the second most expensive staff among the 10 public PAC-12 programs, from USAToday: