Lawmakers express concern about university contracts with shoe companies in light of UofL recruiting scandal

09/28/2017 04:07 PM

FRANKFORT – On Thursday, University of Louisville Interim President Greg Postel gave an update on the state of the University of Louisville to members of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Education. The meeting included discussion of the current investigation involving the university’s men’s basketball program.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the university’s accrediting agency, had already placed the University of Louisville on probation in December 2016. The move was triggered by the way in which the UofL Board of Trustees were removed and replaced.

In addition to the board members’ removal, Postel said the probation resulted in SACS wanting the university’s response to other issues, including its financial stability and conflicts of interest – a request the university is in the process of completing.

Last week, SACS officials paid a visit to the UofL campus.

“We had six site visitors who are institutional officials from other universities that are also accredited by SACS, and they spent three days in Louisville, thoroughly reviewing our documents. They interviewed individuals, members of the General Assembly, the governor,” Postel said. “This week, we received a draft of the report from that visit, and it basically demonstrates basically a resolution of seven of the nine issues that they’ve been looking at.”

Postel said the two remaining issues SACS is interested in are currently being addressed.

“They asked for us to create a memorandum of understanding between the University of Louisville, and the University of Louisville Research Foundation, and the other item is that they asked us to give them an update on how our hiring processes are going, how our searches are going,” Postel said.

Even though committee co-chair Rep. Stephen West, R-Paris, wanted the discussion of the meeting to not necessarily include talk of the current situation with the school’s basketball program, a couple of legislators felt that it was appropriate to bring it up when discussing the current state of the institution.

Rep. Kelly Flood, D-Lexington, expressed her concern about details of the university’s contract with Adidas.

“It’s hard to know how much money can influence the corrupting influence that money can have on a process,” Flood said. “I personally need to know about, in the day ahead, the contract with Adidas. I want to know the details of this contract.”

Rep. Steve Riley, R-Glasgow, a former high school basketball coach, went as far as to blame the NCAA for the latest recruiting scandals.

“Any organization that thought it was a good idea to mix shoe companies and AAU was making major problems, was asking for problems” Riley said.

Postel told members that the university has made great strides in keeping tuition costs down for students, increasing the number of research grants and steady graduation rates.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

5 Comments

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  • Heza Putz wrote on September 28, 2017 10:41 PM :

    Here ya go Kelly….The UofL Adidas deal is 160 million dollars over 10 years and that’s the fourth richest deal in college athletics. In the meantime, under former President Jim Ramsey, perhaps 80 million dollars can not be accounted for, and department heads stole money and one went to prison for crying out loud. So, what in the hell does a shoe contract have to do with anything when it comes to the top to bottom scandal factory which UofL has become?

  • JoeB wrote on September 29, 2017 09:41 AM :

    James Ramsey hmmm. Where have I heard that name before? Oh yes seems he was once a budget director for one of our illustrious governors (Patton I think). I always heard he was the main culprit in encouraging the governor and legislators to forgo paying the states part into the states retirement systems. He promoted the idea of using that money for other projects.IMO not only should James Ramsey be in prison for what he has done to the states retirement systems and U OF L. He should be under the prison.

  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on September 29, 2017 11:42 AM :

    All members of the General Assembly needs to take the time and read this from Bloomberg News.

    After reading this they need to get informed on SMU Pony Gate. The bonds on the Yum Center is going to be Junk if Louisville receives the death penalty. Respond accordingly… RL

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-29/at-ncaa-scandal-s-core-a-tainted-adviser-with-hollywood-dreams

  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on September 29, 2017 12:00 PM :

    There is 2 people after all the dust settles I want to hear from. Steve Pence and Scott Cox… RL

  • Cat Balz wrote on September 29, 2017 04:43 PM :

    At Kelly Flood’s church all prayers begin…to whom it may concern. I’m not sure if they say amen because sexist?

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