Mike W 
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Re: “Keep UNO in Division I

There are a lot of things that you don't understand or lack information about, Beth, but I'll try my best to explain it to you.

Firstly, the people touting Division II, just like those touting the Division III plan that was doomed from the start, fail to take into account the added revenue that being a Division I school brings. The payout from the NCAA to Division I schools, along with the payouts that come from playing games against larger schools, are much, much larger than at Division I than at Division II (in fact, they are nearly non-existent at Division II). That is how you account for the increase in the number of scholarships at the Division II level.

That doesn't even take into account the higher premium corporate sponsors are willing to pay for a Division I product, the higher number of donations at the Division I level (an $800,000 donation was suspended after UNO elected to leave Division I) and less-tangible items like greater media coverage, which would otherwise have to be bought if the benefits are to be enjoyed..

Secondly, the deficit that was accumulated (which was much more a result of long-time underfunding by the school than lavish spending) is accounted for in the private study and set to be paid back at the rate of $250,000 per year, just as UNO Athletics is planning on doing as it is.

Thirdly, UNO is only four shy of the requisite number of programs (14) needed to compete in Division I. If you add men's and women's track and field, you are there, because indoor and outdoor track and field count as separate sports (so you have men's indoor, men's outdoor, women's indoor and women's outdoor). You're only paying the scholarship money once, since you use the same student-athletes for indoor and outdoor. You're also only paying one coaching staff for both men and women, as well.

As far as your claim that the "so-called" supporters don't care about UNO as a university, but only athletically, please know that the university actually awarded several of those "so-called supporters" with their Distinguished Alumnus of the Year awards. Your characterization of them as not having the best interest of the university in mind is simply not accurate.

Also note that, when the UL System has nine schools following UNO's entry, UNO will have the third-highest budget of all of them. Yet, the rest are all Division I. It simply makes no sense that UNO cannot afford to be at that level, as well. Every other school president in the UL System recognizes the value that it brings to their university.

As far as NatanNota's propaganda above, it seems eerily similar to other propaganda posted elsewhere, which was traced back, via IP address, to the spokesman for the UNO athletics department. That gentlemen had been posting anonymously for several years under multiple aliases and, in the process, had directly insulted several long-time supporters. When exposed, he attempted to delete as much of it as he could. You can find all the details of that little saga at http://forums.neworleans.com/showthread.ph…. Sadly, that's what you have representing UNO Athletics right now. It's no wonder nobody trusts what comes out of there.

Have fun at homecoming, Beth.

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Posted by Mike W on 09/19/2011 at 7:32 PM

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