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The scandals in the Rutgers University athletic department revolve around big-money contracts -- up to $2 million a year -- for the football coach, Greg Schiano, who has limped to a 5-5 record so far this year, after a less-than-$2-million-worthy 1-5 start.
Schiano's side deals included one that obligates Rutgers to enlarge its stadium on his timetable. In addition, Rutgers agreed to filter $250,000 of Schiano's salary through a $1 million-plus no-bid contract with a sports marketing firm -- that just happened to hire the son of athletic director Robert Mulcahy, the architect of the contracts.
The question hanging over the mess is just how much president Richard McCormick and the Rutgers governing board knew about these matters that went on under the public radar.
Ignorance is never an excuse for those who are supposed to be in charge, but was the dealing the sole province of an out-of-control athletic director?
Or did the leadership wink and nod, or turn its back with conscious intent, in hopes that Mulcahy, the former CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, could spend the school's football team into the big time?
A separate side letter with Schiano gave him an escape clause to walk away from his contract without penalty if the stadium expansion was not completed.
After that story, Mulcahy said the buyout clause was discussed but never executed. However, the review committee said Mulcahy had signed the contract amendment, and had told McCormick it had been signed. McCormick had assumed the buyout was contractually binding when later asked about it by The Star-Ledger. Only after reporters questioned the deal did McCormick learn Schiano had not signed the document, the report said.
The report also found there was no formal notice by Mulcahy of his son's employment with Nelligan. It said there was "no basis to conclude Mr. Mulcahy acted in a way that he knew to be improper or not in the best interests of the university." Still, the panel said there was the appearance of a possible conflict and that Mulcahy should have disclosed his son's employment.
The overall conclusion from a panel of business leaders, judges, lawyers and Rutgers officials was that the state university was ill-prepared to handle its push into big-time football.
"The university operated with inadequate internal controls, insufficient inter-departmental...communications, an uninformed board on some specific important issues and limited presidential leadership," the report said.
The report found no wrongdoing on Mulcahy's part.
Much of the report cited The Star-Ledger stories, including the contract with Schiano and the agreement with Nelligan Sports Marketing, which handles some $4 million in sponsorship revenues for Rutgers.
It is incredible that things involving the athletic department would fly under his radar. Then again, McCormick's previous job was president at the University of Washington when that institution was reeling from its own athletic department scandals.
Back then, McCormick may have been distracted by his personal problems -- an affair with a university employee that certainly played a role in his leaving his old job.
NS: What is Barack Obama’s religion?
JZ: You'll have to ask him. But I do know that he never claimed to be a Christian until he met Reverend Wright. And I do believe -- and I’ve never held this against him -- that it would have been highly unlikely for him not to have been registered as a Muslim as a child in Indonesia but who cares. He did change his website based on that reality –- he was far more ambiguous about that issue on Fight The Smears. I’m an agnostic so I couldn't care less what his religion is. I just care that he lied about it.
NS: When do you think Obama was a Muslim?
JZ: I think he was likely -- registered as a Muslim between the ages of 6 and 10 while he was going to school in Indonesia. It would have been highly unusual for him not to be.
NS: But would you personally consider Obama a Muslim?
JZ: No, because he was a child. We're talking about two totally different things. There's what religion you're born into and there's what religion you become because of your own decisions
NS: Would you consider Obama a Christian?
JZ: You'd have to ask him. There was never any evidence that he was a Christian until he decided to join the church of a racist hate-monger for political purposes.
NS: Would you not believe Barack Obama if he told you he was a Christian?
JZ: Does he believe that Jesus Christ was the son of God who died and was raised from the dead later?
NS: Do you think he’s a believer in Jesus Christ?
JZ: I have no way of knowing that. I don't think there's any evidence that he is, either.
NS: Do you have doubts about Barack Obama's birth certificate?
JZ: I couldn’t care less about that. I accept he was born in Hawaii.
NS: Would you consider yourself well-informed
JZ: I’d consider myself extremely well-informed.
NS: Who are the two senators from South Dakota
JZ: Thune and, uh, Johnson.
NS: Very good. South Carolina?
JZ: Go fuck yourself. I'm done with this interview if you're going to ask me stupid questions like that. Obviously I know who Lindsay Graham is.
The conservative website HowObamaGotElected.com reports that it has commissioned Zogby International to conduct a poll of 512 Barack Obama voters as part of what can best be described as a viral marketing effort to discredit the intelligence of Obama supporters.
The website, created by former radio talk show host John Ziegler to promote a forthcoming documentary, features a YouTube clip of interviews with 12 Obama voters who "were chosen for their apparent intelligence/verbal abilities and willingness to express their opinions to a large audience". The clip portrays the Obama supporters as giving "incorrect" answers to political questions such as "which candidate said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket". Of the 12 Obama supporters interviewed for the clip, 7 (58%) are black; nationwide, about 23% of Obama supporters were black according to the national exit poll.
“For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden,” Stafford said, comparing America’s future with Obama as president to Jesus’ agony in the garden. “On November 4, 2008, America suffered a cultural earthquake.”
Cardinal Stafford said Catholics must deal with the “hot, angry tears of betrayal” by beginning a new sentiment where one is “with Jesus, sick because of love.”
Nov. 7: After Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., became infamous for calling for investigations of anti-Americanism in Congress and Barack Obama in particular, she now speaks as though she's been an Obama supporter all along. Keith Olbermann names her the Worst Person in the World.
"This is an ironic choice for a President-elect who has promised to change Washington, make politics more civil, and govern from the center,” said House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R.-Ohio).
When somebody asks you, "what did you do in the war", do you want to say"I shoveled sh*t in Louisiana?"