Re: WSJ article

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Posted by Big Ron on March 15, 19 at 08:28:56:

In Reply to: WSJ article posted by Oldtimer on March 15, 19 at 06:59:39:

Per [Oregonian reporter] Canzano, Pac-12 athletic directors met with Scott in January and requested a budget review to question expenditures like, say, a single employee’s hotel bill of at least $30,000 for a four-day basketball tournament. It apparently didn’t go well.

From The Oregonian:

“It’s been a constant topic for the last few months,” one Pac-12 AD said. “We’ve talked at length about it. There have been phone calls back and forth.
“We’re not trying to be difficult. We’re just in cost-containment mode and there are some who want to compare the financials of our conference and others.”
Scott shot them down.
Said a second Pac-12 Conference athletic director: “We, as ADs, were told that we didn’t have the authority to request a budget review. Only the presidents and chancellors can do that.”
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My first big job was at Santa Barbara Research Center, a subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft. I worked for CFO, Al Paul, one of the company’s founders. We would have Pentagon generals and US Congressmen attend project meeting. They would be served box lunches in the conference room. When Al traveled to Washington D.C. he would stay at modest hotels in areas that made us fear for his life. His philosophy was that we dealt with government contracts and had a responsibility to not frivolously waste other people’s money. Our engineers, scientists and program directors traveled all over the world. Everybody booked their own travel. They were trusted to make reasonable arrangements because Al had set the culture for the company.

The more I read about “Limo Larry” and Ray Anderson, the more I worry about what culture is affecting the PAC and ASU. BTW, Isaac Manning has moved Trinity Works onto the fourth floor of a new riverfront office complex. I guess it pays to be a friend of Anderson.

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