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In emails, UA athletics vows to help foundation

By Eric Besson , Aziza Musa

This article was originally published January 14, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated January 15, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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The Arkansas student section is shown during a game against TCU on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Fayetteville.

Arkansas' athletic department pledged to help its nonprofit fundraising arm collect more money from students "even if it's outside our job description."

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shortfinger1001 says... January 14, 2018 at 6:36 a.m.

I wish my alma mater would let the sunshine in. After all, "Beacon of hope ...."

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RBear says... January 14, 2018 at 7:09 a.m.

What the ...? I think someone in Fayetteville needs to get a wake-up call on what their primary objective is and it's not to fund an athletic program. I know some think the reason the U of A exists is so they have football games to attend in the fall and basketball games to attend in the winter/spring. I've seen more students turned sour on their institution for the lack of understanding of their financial situation. Maybe this is a holdover from the prior AD administration so let's hope the new one has more a focus on the primary mission of the university.

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TexBack says... January 14, 2018 at 8:11 a.m.

The easiest way to resolve this is for the foundation to simply erase all the emails and destroy the records. Hillary can get you the number for the guys that helped her with this. No records, no story.

Meanwhile, as our reporters pour all their time and passion into investigating college sports, Little Rock continues to be overrun by crime and lack of law enforcement. But I can see how revealing the names of all the fans who give $100 a year to the Razorbacks is much more important than stopping the murders in our Capitol city.

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drs01 says... January 14, 2018 at 9:45 a.m.

So let's get this straight. The Uof A collects money from students and gives it to a so-called non profit organization. That non-profit can collect money for preferred seats at athletic events in stadiums they don't own, and probably give parking passes on property owned by the taxpayers of this state. How can this scam be happening in a state that ranks so high on the poverty scale?
I wonder how MOST Little Rock residents would react if the the city used public funds to solicit and collect money for the Clinton Foundation, then allowed the Foundation to control all the parking in the River Market.

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Quackenfuss says... January 14, 2018 at 10:13 a.m.

Me too, Louie. We lived on the same floor at Ripley. Those were the days when a student could get a football ticket for a buck, and the athletic department didn't run the school. UofA athletics and the Razorback Foundation are completely out of control. Good friends, this is a state university, not a professional sports organization, but it, like all other large public universities in the country, it has lost its mind. I graduated from the UofA and have been a Razorback all my life, but big money, mostly from TV, has corrupted the purpose and scope of college athletics to a point where the tail isn't just wagging the dog.....it is the dog.

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KnuckleBall says... January 14, 2018 at 2:46 p.m.

Just goes to show that Jeff Long was spending way too much money... but he got himself and his so called coaches one hell of a severance package.... Also points out that the average taxpayer in Arkansas can't afford to go to a game any more.

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TexBack says... January 14, 2018 at 4:14 p.m.

I guess it’s kind of like the solicitations I get from the Fulbright College and Walton College via promotion by the university. They are separate foundations being promoted by the university. And they issue invitations to special events if you give money. By gosh they need to be investigated too!

And the band! What the heck! The matching band is corrupt. They don’t need to solicit booster money for those fancy uniforms.

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drs01 says... January 14, 2018 at 4:58 p.m.

Yo Tex - you mentioned a key word "College" in your comparison. Isn't that what the UofA is suppose to be? Football and other sports are EXTRA Cur. activity. Not the main reason for the institution. The Foundation by any name is a booster club scamming money by peddling access to public facilities. What a racket.

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NoUserName says... January 14, 2018 at 7:17 p.m.

Heck, even UAMS has a foundation. These are scam non-profits. And in AR, it's a scam that SHOULD be subject to the FOIA. Based on comments over the years, it's actively used to skirt the FOIA.

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TexBack says... January 15, 2018 at 6:33 a.m.

drs there's an age old philosophy that a proper education includes a healthy body. This is where the programs started. Have they changed? Yes. But don't dismiss the number of great teachers, coaches, lawyers, doctors and businessmen that come out of these sports programs. And are good students while doing so. They are "student" athletes.

It's the dorm rats that have no extracurricular activities that end up molesting interns in the oval office.

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