DEDICATION “It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.”.
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Under the guiding principle I learned from Willie Nelson—“police your own area”—this presentation is, with some measure of aidōs, dedicated to the memory of my friend, UT student (summer intensive Greek 2001) and scholarly collaborator, Col. (dec.) Ted Westhusing, who always stood for what was right, even when what was wrong was being tolerated, excused or supported by those with authority, power and responsibility greater than his.
His cause was greater. His cost was greater.
It is incomprehensible to me after studying these issues and problems for almost eleven years now, and quite seriously for the last five, that men and women of high education and good conscience can let things come to this pass and be so profligate with resources and tolerant of policies and practices that do not conduce to the true educational interests of the citizens of our great state. Ted saw the same things in a much more terrible situation.
Just because these matters are, relatively speaking, trivial, does not mean we should not move to fix them.
They may not cost lives, but they ruin some, and cost others the opportunity truly to improve their lives.
LONG-DELAYED COIA REPORT FIFTEEN POINTS (PLEASE, DR. MONTI, DO NOT CALL A QUORUM TODAY)
POINT 1COIA annual national meetings San Diego State University, January 22-24.
SDSU Pres. Weber (with considerable direct NCAA experience):
(1) athletics is a part of the institutional work of human growth and development;
(2) the ultimate responsibility of setting standards and values for athletics at the university resides in the guild of faculty, not administrators;
(3) Weber was glad COIA invented itself—and was sorry it did not do so about 50 years ago.
(4) President Weber: athletics is in desperate need of reform(his words) and COIA can be active voice in the reform by posing the right questions, about, for example, the corrosive aspects of money.
The problems with NCAA athletics were recognized by Upton Sinclair, John R. Tunis and a Carnegie Foundation National Study in the 1920’s. On the Forty Acres UT’s own Wright Committee (1997-1999) issued a full report on February 4, 1999, that can be accessed on the Faculty Council Web site.
From it, we can also cite these immortal and courageous words by Michael Granof, when he had a chance to speak up on the Wright Committee:
“I am impressed with the [Athletics] Department's fiscal integrity, its concern for the academic well-being of our athletes and the effectiveness with which the department fulfills what it sees as its purpose.”
President Weber did not say what he was willing to do. This is consistent with the report of the national Knight Commission which reported the significant average losses by 85% (94 out of 119) of the national NCAA BCS (formerly Division I-A) institutions: an average of $9.87 million in 2007-08. It also reported the nearly unanimous opinion of the presidents of NCAA institutions that they could do nothing about the out-of-control costs and coaches’ salary structures. I.e., the presidents who have visibility and authority have washed their hands of a situation that their own failures to exert controls and act in the educational, research and larger cultural interests of their institutions have brought about.
When presidents say they can do nothing, they mean they can do nothing that will not have consequences for their salaries, their careers, their comfort levels during their tenures as presidents, and the higher special interests that have placed them in their offices.
POINT 3 The problems are clear and the responsibility should not be shirked off onto faculty who are everywhere just about as institutionally powerless as we are here at UT Austin.
FOR ANALYSIS READ:
POINT 4CONSIDER IF YOU SAVOR THE IRONIC:
POINT 6CONSIDER: THIS IS NOT TOM PALAIMA BLOWING SMOKE:
POINT 7CONSIDER Ditto:
POINT 9 CONSIDER:
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POINT 12 CONSIDER:
POINT 13 CONSIDER:
Jointly not issued by:
POINT 14 CONSIDER:
(i)The Athletics Budget shall receive no base funds from the general education fund. Any annual cash support to the Athletics Budget from the general education fund shall be approved by the Athletics Oversight Committee and the faculty senate, as well as by the University's governing board and through the normal budgeting procedure.
(ii)The Athletic Budget shall be integrated with the academic budget and follow the same processes and procedures; and,
(iii)The Athletics Budget shall receive support from student fees only as voted by the student body.
POINT 15 CONSIDER:
Graglia and Palaima Debate College Football
watchthehorn — April 12, 2010 — Parts one and two of our interview with UT professor and critic of the budget of UT's athletics program...
Knight Commission co-chair backs big salary for SMU football coach: Southern Methodist University President Gerald Turner says the contract of head football coach June Jones is a "sustainable expense." By Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, 5-6-10
In his capacity as co-chair of the reform-minded Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, Gerald Turner cautions about increasing spending by major-college athletics programs.
In his capacity as president of Southern Methodist University, Turner has overseen one of the nation's most drastic recent increases in football-coaching compensation.
SMU paid coach June Jones $2,142,056 during the 2008 calendar year, more than a 300% increase over what the university paid Jones' predecessor in 2005-06. Turner said Jones, hired Jan. 7, 2008, received a $500,000 signing bonus and a 2008 base salary of about $1.6 million. At that time, Jones' salary likely made him the top-paid football coach at a school in a conference without an automatic Bowl Championship Series bid.
"We wouldn't have (given Jones such a lucrative contract), believe me wewouldn't have done it. if it wasn't a sustainable expense ... based uponwhat these individuals said they would do," says Turner, adding that thedonors signed pledges and some already have paid their entire commitments infull.
Turner says SMU's dealings with Jones and his work with the KnightCommission are compatible.
"I'll tell you, with the SMU hat on, it makes you very aware of the pointthat (he and others on the Knight Commission) have been making," he says."One person can't do it. It's going to take everybody working together, butthen every individual has to have a budget that is sustainable for his orher university. I think those are the two things we've been saying, and I feel that what we've done here is compatible with both.” CONTINUED
The Daily Texan May 10, 2010 reported in an editorial “Horns down: Shutting down SMU’s press” that the same president who, as we have just seen, decries the runaway salary structures and expenditures on big-time football in his role with the Knight Commission, yet has sought out and accepted well over a million dollars in donor pledges to pay for a 300% increases in the head football coach’s salary, is presiding over the demise of the culturally significant university press at SMU.
DT: “The Southern Methodist University Press faces a bleak future after university officials announced a decision to suspend operation of the press starting June 1. …[T]he decision was made with little to no consultation of faculty or staff, announced to the press’ staff and advisory board two weeks ago and made public last week. A statement by Provost Paul Ludden cites “challenging budgetary times.”
“The SMU Press is the oldest academic press in Texas and, though small in operation, an influential publisher of literary fiction, especially for new authors who are otherwise tossed aside in the world of for-profit publishing. According to InsideHigherEd.com, “of the 82 original fiction titles the press has published, 31 were deemed significant enough to win coverage in The New York Times Book Review, and many of those titles were by emerging writers.”
“There is still a chance, however, to reverse the decision. Groups inside and outside the university are already working hard to save the press, challenging the notion that it’s a necessary cut and working to raise funds and start a dialogue to discuss alternative options. The SMU Faculty Senate unanimously passed a resolution in favor of saving the press while support for the the press pours in from all over the country. The press only requires a budget of $400,000 a year to operate, a tolerable amount considering the university’s overarching goal of furthering its academic and artistic contributions, not to mention the amount of exposure and renown it brings.”
Why could SMU President Turner not have asked the donors who gave over a million dollars to the head football coach’s salary first to see to it that a press whose total operating budget is $400,000 was supported by the same donors? The cost would have been chump change to them.The priorities here are frankly shameful and disgusting. TURNER IS A POSTER CHILD FOR THE FAILURE OF UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT’S TO ACT WITH MORAL AND CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY.