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In UA sports firings, hiring, process foggy

By Eric Besson , Aziza Musa

This article was published December 12, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Arkansas football coach Chad Morris (far right) speaks while athletics director Hunter Yurachek (center) and former interim athletics director Julie Cromer Peoples look on during a news conference Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Fayetteville.

Arkansas has fired and hired an athletic director and a football coach in the past month - but how it got to each point is hazy.

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hah406 says... December 12, 2017 at 7:55 a.m.

Why would the ADG seek to expose others who were being vetted but ultimately not hired for the job? That is an invasion of their privacy, could be embarrassing to them since they didn't get the job, and could put their current employment in jeopardy. A few of those records relating to the dismissals for convenience might warrant release, but I wish the ADG would drop this agenda of constantly trying to hurt the U of A Fayetteville.

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mshog123 says... December 12, 2017 at 8:18 a.m.

As

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Retiredofit says... December 12, 2017 at 9:09 a.m.

Agree with first comment. No crime committed, finished the process pretty successfully. Done. Not news worthy.

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GDB58 says... December 12, 2017 at 9:29 a.m.

Who cares about the other stuff, time to get on board and run with what we have.

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GeneralMac says... December 12, 2017 at 9:39 a.m.

This is what happens when you get private groups funding public employees.

I recall after the Bobby Petrino fiasco, a "powerful" booster was asked if he didn't see signs of wrong doing when Petrino's "friend" got hired over more qualified candidates.

His reply in the paper was............" Yes, but we didn't want to offend Bobby "

Private groups funding public entities is always toublesome !

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drs01 says... December 12, 2017 at 10:09 a.m.

The foundation is a shill for what is wrong with college sports today. Private monies used for public purposes. If you want true separation, defund the millions in public money that pays a substantial portion of the athletic budget. This is not just a UofA-Fay issue. It's widespread and has led to ridiculous salaries and buyouts for coaches and AD's.The last time I checked you had to "donate" to the foundation in order to get decent seats at the games.

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hah406 says... December 12, 2017 at 11:24 a.m.

drs01, in general you are correct. In the specific matter of U of A Fayetteville, not completly. There is absolutely NO public money that pays for ANY portion of any athletic program at U of A Fayetteville. So we have separation there. One of only 23 Universities with self-sustaining programs. But the rest of your comments about the downstream effects are correct.

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GeneralMac says... December 12, 2017 at 12:27 p.m.

hah4o6.............( your first post )

Don't they list the finalists for the chancellor position or when a school is hiring a Supt ?
If you are a state/school employee the public disclosure laws should apply regardless of who/what is paying your salary.

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obbie says... December 12, 2017 at 12:29 p.m.

Suspect it has evolved with intent to remain foggy. There are good and bad aspects to this. More openness means tougher to be competitive with other schools and more privacy means more efficiency in hiring coaches and "hiring" athletes. Which do you want? We've created our own jail on this one.

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