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Melinda Grier on the Way Out.

Melinda Grier the attorney in the middle of the Mike Bellotti pay out scandal is on her way out, and she is not leaving for ESPN. The controversy started when Bellotti resigned from the Athletic Director position after nine months on the job to become a college football analyst for ESPN. When Bellotti left he received a very healthy compensation package of $2.3 million or around $255,555 for each month as Athletic Director.

The outcry over a public institution paying millions of dollars in what is being called a “handshake deal” has become a source of controversy for the University of Oregon.  The deal was negotiated orally but never formally, written down or signed, similar to wagers one would make  a golf course only a million times more money. The UO is claiming that the compensation will come from the Athletic Department’s well endowed private donors.

Now the UO has a interm Athletic Director, no head basketball coach for it’s  new $200 million dollar arena and no general counsel. What a year to become president Mr. Lariviere!

  1. UO Matters says:

    Who is Gearhart? I’ll get right on it.

  2. nike urbanism duk says:

    BTW the arena related costs are in the area of 330 million…not 200

  3. nike urbanism duk says:

    Give uomatters free booze !

  4. UltimateVictory says:

    Praise be to the lord that she is going away. Its not just the athletic scandle, in fact that’s nothing compared to the damage she did to the overall integrity of the UO. Having said this, I expect she has no clue how bad she was. She seemed to enjoy subverting state rules and regulations aimed at accountability and transparency. She planned extensive careful scheme to eliminate employees that she and her friends did not like regardless of the value of those employees to UO and the impact the elimination caused to those affected. This woman is one of those who can rationalize any evil they commit and undoubtedly has no clue that there was a problem with her methods. If the new Pres can get rid of the rest of the holdovers, UO can begin to heal. You know who: Dyke, Linton, Gearhart and so on. Its not about athletics.

  5. Java says:

    All is not lost. Pacifica Forum remains on campus.

  6. JMB says:

    Ding dong the witch is dead, the witch is dead, the witch is dead, ding dong the wicked witch is dead.

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