AZCentral: Grand Canyon CEO Brian Mueller: Michael Crow, ASU Try to Block Move to Division I:
Grand Canyon University President and CEO Brian Mueller said he
believes Arizona State President Michael Crow is leading an effort by
Pac-12 CEOs to try to block the school’s move into NCAA Division I
Mueller said he felt inclined to open up after CBSSports.com reported
that Pac-12 CEOs had sent a letter to the NCAA questioning whether a
for-profit university should be allowed to compete in Division I
The NCAA and all Division I schools are not-for-profit, tax-exempt entities. The private, publicly traded Christian school has been accepted into the Western Athletic Conference. ...
Azcentral sports obtained the Pac-12 letter, dated July 10 and signed
by all the schools’ presidents and chancellors, that was sent to Dr.
Lou Anna K. Simon, chairperson of the NCAA Executive Committee. In a May
2 meeting of the NCAA Board of Directors, the committee said it would
consider granting NCAA Division I membership to for-profit institutions. Grand Canyon is the first for-profit school to move to Division I.
“Our major concern is how athletics fit within academic missions of for-profit universities. The Pac-12 believes the academic mission of our 12 universities is
paramount above all else,” the letter states. “We stand firmly behind
the NCAA’s commitment to integrate athletics into the fabric of higher
education and view the success of our student-athletes as the ultimate
metric of how well we are doing as a Conference. ... Beyond just being reinforced by philosophy, our not-for-profit
status ensures it. The resources generated by our Conference support our
universities and our student-athletes first and foremost.”
On the issue of whether PAC-12 resources "support our universities and our student athletes first and foremost," the most recent PAC-12 tax return reports that its commissioner was paid $1,859,492. But at least he reported that he worked 40 hours per week for the conference. The twelve Pac-12 directors reported that they worked 1 hour per week for the conference, and received compensation ranging from $390,039 to $1,963,710. In comparison, the total amounts distributed to the member universities ranged from $6.8 million (Washington State) to $12.4 million (Stanford).
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