WILL UNWOUND #622: “Academic Librarians…How do you like this Employment Contract?”December 1, 2011
I have been accused of not writing enough about academic libraries, so I thought I would give a little focus today to the hallowed groves of academia.
In my quick internet scan of college football news this morning I came across a tidbit about Ohio State University that has been bugging me all day. To set this up, let’s review the horrendous year that Ohio State’s famous football program has had over the past 12 months. Basically, it was revealed by several news sources that a good number of their players were breaking NCAA rules by receiving significant amounts of under the table benefits in the form of cash, meals, cars, and tattoos…yes, tattoos! Further scrutiny revealed that their highly revered head coach, Jim Tressel, knew about these payments, looked the other way, and then lied to the NCAA about it. His ever sanctimonious University President and Athletic Director expressed shock and horror at these revelations and decided to suspend Coach Tressel for two games. When asked why he didn’t just fire Tressel, the University President exclaimed that he just hoped Tressel wouldn’t fire him (Tressel being a God in Ohio). The resultant media uproar was so great and on such a national scale that the OSU President and athletic director realized that to save their own sanctimonious skins that they had to throw Tressel under the bus and can him, which they did. They then held a sanctimonious press conference in which they said that Ohio State, being a center of academic excellence, deserved better. So they vowed to clean up the corruption in the football program and get their high and mighty academic priorities re-established.
Fine, well, and good.
Then last Monday (about one year after the football scandals were first revealed), the same University President held another press conference to announce that their interim football coach had been fired (he won only 6 games) and that Urban Meyer, former Florida Gators coach, would replace him. Please note that in Meyer’s 6 year tenure at Florida over 30 of his players were arrested for one offense or another.
Not so fine. Not so well. Not so good.
But the story gets better (or worse). Under the Freedom of Information Act some enterprising journalists got a hold of Coach Meyer’s contract with OSU. It hit the internet this morning. It is a truly unbelievable document for a University to produce. You can read it by clicking on GREED.
The more I read the contract the angrier I get and I have absolutely no connection to OSU. I include the link in my post today because I am truly curious about how academic librarians feel about the priorities on campus these days. My guess is that this contract is not at all atypical for big college football coaches.
Not sure if I’m angry or depressed or does anger morph into depression after 8 hours of reflection.