Tuesday, March 26, 2013

How to Win Friends and Influence People

 From University Diaries:

Good thing Minnesota is such a rich state.

"There’s no indication that the citizens of Minnesota care that big stretches of their university are run by stupid people."

Not Gene Pelowski!

From MPR News:

Key DFLer: Tubby's buyout was 'obscene'

by Alex Friedrich, Minnesota Public Radio
March 26, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The House Higher Education Committee chairman is calling the $2.5 million contract buyout for fired University of Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith "obscene."

Rep. Gene Pelowski, DFL-Winona, said it could hurt the university's chances of receiving the state funding it wants for future sports facilities.

He said the buyout shows that the university can afford to pay more of the cost of construction.

"When we have the bonding hearings, if there is anything relating to athletics, this will be a topic of conversation," Pelowski said. "Because you're now talking millions of dollars that are apparently available that could just as well go into buildings as paying someone not to do anything — or paying someone to do an incredibly mediocre job."

The university wants to build a basketball practice facility as part of a master building plan that could cost as much as $125 million. Athletic Director Norwood Teague told reporters in February the university has considered asking the state to help pay for the project.

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