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It's not revisionist history when new information turns up.
Thumb cramp. Sorry.
This post was edited by Chartervol 16 months ago
True. If and when somebody does look into this, if the obvious conclusion is a vindication of Fulmer, it's a huge Tennessee story.
The problem with the story is that it is a clash of wills, or philosophies. We are sports fans and we want UT athletics to succeed. The other side believes sports somehow takes resources away from academics.
So it's not really a matter of ferreting out criminal behavior. It's ferreting out an approach to running UT that we all believe is wrong, while the other side thinks favoring athletes borders on criminal. It may be the reason no one has gone there.
As I say, I am not trying to reopen a referendum on Fulmer. Losing 4-5 blue chip recruits a year takes a toll on recruiting which is why I think the recent situation created a glass ceiling for whomever is the head coach. If changes had not been made, CBJ was going to have a tough time winning championships here. Charlie Strong thought the same.
I guess I am saying if that applies to the future, it applied to the past.
Swamper has a few things tangled, but he's doing a pretty fair job so far sitting around with a laptop and a bag of Cheetos, just Googling around.
Investigative reporting got overblown 40 years ago. It does take work and a long attention span, which I suppose is why hardly anyone attempts it.
When I graduated as a chemical engineer, our program was rated second only to the University of Texas in the country. My daughter got a masters in accountancy which is rated in the Top 5 in the country. Because of Oak Ridge, the nuclear engineering department used to be in the Top 5 and probably still is.
If someone is a deparment head who wants to have a Top 10 or Top 5 department - What's stopping them? It's not the football team.
The UTAD acts as a public relations arm, a government relations arm, alumni relations arm and a marketing arm for the university - for free. Government relations and public relations are critical for getting money from Capitol Hill. UT is golden there, in large part because of the AD.
And the AD has been giving the university cash payments in the millions, plus the AD pays scholarships and pays at or above market price for facilities and services.
The AD only helps the university. It does not hinder academic success.
My old paper is actually doing a lot more of it. It just means a helluva lot fewer actual news stories and features. It means running a lot more wire copy and just plain old missing and ignoring a lot of stuff. It helps a lot that there is a much smaller news hole these days.
I guess it's one way to try and remain relevant with a much smaller staff. As I see it, the jury is still out on whether it's the way to go. The problem is you often spend a lot of resources and then discover you've dug a dry hole. It's tough to punt without printing anything when you've done all that work, so papers end up running silly stuff they try to convince you is important.
You are being overly generous about my abilities and effort.
I am hoping people will correct what I get wrong and add to what I am missing. I am guessing that a lot of people reading these posts have familiarity and insider knowledge about what has transpired.
You're preaching to the choir, swamper. I'm just trying to give you some possible justification for this not having been covered. Frankly, it is hard to justify, but the truth is that news organizations don't have the resources they used to have even 10 years ago. It tends to limit their ambition. Plus, they may not even have good enough people to get to the bottom of this. The UT administration has always been a pretty tough nut to crack unless you know some people in the know.
I don't imagine anything criminal has occurred.
Swamper's account raises as many questions as answers.
One dubious thing rattling around in this thread is the impression that the athletics board manages the day-to-day operations of UTAD and directly controls expenditures. The athletics director and his staff do that. The athletics board does wield considerable influence, though.
Another dubious assumption is that the system president was more of an ally of athletics than the office of the chancellor. The alleged hostile takeover of the athletics board occurred when there was no chancellor's office at all and we were experiencing a presidential merry-go-round.
I reject the premise that sports fans universally do not care about the academic success of the university. That said, it is true that many jealous academicians think athletic success tears down the school. Go figure.
These issues, now raised, need answers.
I have done a lot of due diligence work for attorneys; so, I can guess at the level of effort and the number of blind alleys.
Conversely, no investigative reporting was needed for my original post. The BOT announced, published and posted on the web that there is will be a major restructuring of of the UTAD. Yet, KNS did not.
Exactly. Nothing seems to be stopping the Logistics program, the aforementioned Nuclear program, MBA program and others from succeeding. What is everyone else's excuse?
Nupes are having a hard time being relevant. As Paul Harvey said, "You know what the news is. Now you'll hear the rest of the story."
We really need to hear the rest of this yarn.
Charlie Strong staying at Louisville was not the result of our "academic issues". Were they a concern, yes, but he looked into and was comfortable. Comfortable enough that when Dave Hart left Louisville he was telling people he had his man. He changed his mind it happens, see Graham, Jay. Remember in 2003 the "academic issues" facing the football team were that we had lack academic standards towards athletes.
Exactly. I don't have the rags in front of me. Would someone go through their stack of papers since Friday and give us a list of the local piffle the Sentinel DID pay its staff to cover?
I just bit and emailed a link to this thread to somebody I know over there. Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of man?
That's how things get done. Hope you went further up the chain than Betsy Pickle.
Now I will be afraid to crank my car every morning.
Na, journalists are harmless. Most of them are wimps. Personally, I've evolved.
I have not. Warrior heart still beats beneath this corporate exterior.
i still think like a journalist. That's why I'm so disgusted by most of the reporters I deal with these days. They don't even think.
Effin A, son.
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