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PRESIDENT'S ATHLETICS REVIEW
COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

 

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"To the extent that it can be done without impairing the financial health of the athletics program, a plan should be formulated by the ticket committee to allow for the use of tickets by academic departments to enhance the quality of their programs through fundraising and other activities."

-- From the recommendations

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Larry Ivy's Statement

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March 5, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --

1. Reorganize the athletics board, reduce its size, and convert it into a real governing body over the athletics program.

A. Appoint a budget committee of the board, with the University's Controller and Treasurer as an ex officio voting member. Use that committee (1) to prepare a detailed athletics department budget for submission to and approval by the athletics board (and ultimately the Board of Trustees) and (2) to monitor the implementation of that budget.

B. Appoint a ticket committee of the board and give that committee the responsibility for developing sound policies and practices concerning the distribution of tickets for basketball and football games and the responsibility for monitoring the use of such tickets in accordance with those policies and practices. Require the athletic department's ticket manager to report to this committee as needed and as requested.

C. Require that all athletics department employment contracts (regular and/or consulting), and any significant modifications thereof, be submitted to the athletics board for final approval.

2. At least the following actions, beyond the formation of a strong ticket committee as recommended above, are needed to address concerns about the use of tickets to basketball and football games:

A. The tickets-for-cars program should be terminated (subject to requirements in existing contracts). The needs for transportation for performance of duties by members of the department should be provided in accordance with policies generally applicable to others in the University, except as otherwise explicitly approved by the President.

B. The allotment of basketball tickets under the control of the athletics director should be reduced to 8 from a number that presently exceeds 165 and in the recent past has exceeded 220.

C. Recent actions within the athletics department serving to establish priorities over tickets (especially basketball tickets) should be reviewed by the ticket committee for the purpose of determining if such actions complied with proper policies and practices of the department and advanced the interests of the University at large and to reverse any such actions that fail to meet these standards.

D. To the extent that it can be done without impairing the financial health of the athletics program, a plan should be formulated by the ticket committee to allow for the use of tickets by academic departments to enhance the quality of their programs through fundraising and other activities.

3. The following actions should be undertaken with respect to the athletics department:

A. Require full compliance by the athletics department with all regulations, policies, procedures, and practices of the University of Kentucky.

B. Formulate and adopt standards of professional and ethical conduct for the athletics director and other employees of the department, including policies concerning receipt of personal gifts and conflicts of interest.

C. Consider the possibility of having the director of the C.A.T.S. program (the academic support program for student-athletes) report to the associate provost for undergraduate education rather than the director of athletics.

D. Review the athletic department's blue-white program and require stronger coordination and cooperation between that program and the University's general development program and office.

E. Require strict oversight of all booster organizations by the department's compliance officer and an annual report to the athletics board on all booster club expenditures on behalf of the athletics program, including any expenditures on behalf of athletics department employees or former employees.

4. The following actions are needed to bring the department's relationship with former athletics director C.M. Newton into line with the requirements of the formal contract that governs that relationship:

A. The contract is an employment contract, specifically providing that the University agrees to "employ the Officer [Mr. Newton] as a Special Assistant to the Athletics Director for a term of four (4) years " The contract is clearly not a contract for consulting services and it is not a contract providing deferred compensation for past services. The payments being made to Mr. Newton under the contract should cease immediately since he has no current employment relationship with the athletics department. He should be given a reasonable period of time to decide if he wishes to exercise his contractual right to have full-time employment with the department as a special assistant to the athletics director.

B. The priority lists for tickets in Rupp Arena should be modified to provide Mr. Newton (or members of his family) only the basketball tickets to which he is entitled under the terms of the contract.

5. Larry Ivy should be removed from the position of athletics director.


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