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  1. Oh...OK, there it is, I found the disconnect. It's you. While you're "pretty sure this isn't the case", I do the work, and know it's the case. So Mav, can I call you Mav? Anyway, so Mav, I work in finance at a major university. I have friends who work in finance at major universities. Locally, I have friends who work at UNO, Creighton, UNL, Chadron and College of St Mary's, I correspond on a regular basis with finance people at other universities both in state and out of state. I have friends that work on the academic side, I have friends who work on the athletics side. I have worked on both sides. I have worked in audit at a major university, where part of my job was going to departments making sure the accounting practices they were doing in said department followed GAAP and university guidelines (you'd be shocked at some of the "creative accounting" athletics and development will do to provide tax benefits to major donors) so when all departments are rolled up to Treasury to finalize our reports, there are no accounting anomalies between departments that need to be corrected. Our annual NCAA audit is a stickler for accounting irregularities within the athletic department. The main commonality between all these different schools, whether the athletic department is in the black, the red, or relatively breaking, even was how capital projects were funded. While each university will have it's own naming formats, we all do it the same. There's this crazy account and budget for each school that is some derivative of "Capital Projects". Projects that are just too big for the department to handle, ie new dorms, new chem labs, upgrades to infrastructure (think repaving parking lots, upgrading HVACs, expanding buildings etc). The funds for this budget come from various sources, donations, state funds, fundraising events, and a portion of net profits from the university. Individual departments will submit proposals annually for capital projects, these are then reviewed by the board. Some are given a green light, some a yellow and others a red. Within green and yellow, they are then prioritized. With every proposal, each department will project how much they will fundraise to help mitigate the total estimate. Athletics will follow these same principals, even the ones who are in the black. That's because regardless of the net revenue/loss in athletics, they do not have capital projects in their annual budgets. This is because there's a whole different department that has that budget (that crazy Capital Projects department). So, when UNL announced major capital improvements to Memorial Stadium, it had already had a proposal done, with estimates of cost and fundraising goals, gone through the approval process, given a green light and allowed to proceed. Athletics will help fund the project, but they do not, and more importantly CANNOT, fund the project entirely. Now when funds to the university as a whole are reduced, one of the first areas that will be impacted will be the Capital Projects budget, as usually those are not priority needs for the university to run day-to-day operations. Hopefully, you can see where this is going...but I'll try to dumb it down for you and the board. Mav, when capital funding budget is decreased, I want you to take a wild guess on what that means for current capital projects? Yes, you are correct, those capital projects now have less funds available. Good work using your deductive skills. To counteract that, the project has to be modified to fit within the new budget, or the project department will have to make up the difference in fundraising. In some rare cases, the department will request a temporary allocation of their annual budget to the capital budget. Doing so usually means a reduction in overhead within said department. The biggest overhead that can be reduced is staff, hence why it doesn't happen often. Now follow along with me Mav on a fun little ride, when the governor reduced funds to UNL (based on what we've learned above) what do you think happened to their stadium upgrade capital project? Correct!! The project now has less funds available. While it's nice that UNL Athletics operates in the black, it will give them a little bit of wiggle room for some shortfalls, that net revenue in no way covers the new variance within the project. This gives athletics a few options, either go back to the people that have committed above and beyond their normal donations to UNL, to help fund this capital project and ask for even more money or modify the current project to fit within the new budget. One thing I know (notice here how I didn't say pretty sure?) about UNL Athletics is they will not request a temporary allocation of their budget to the capital project. That's just not what they do. All of this is still a dumbed down version of what the finance team will do, and this team will be on both the academic side and the athletic side, all rolling up under Treasury. The one take away I want you to understand Mav, athletics is not covering this project 100%, and (I can't emphasize this part enough) would never be able to do it on their own, the university handles this project. And while you're "pretty sure that's not how this works", I can emphatically tell you, you are wrong, and it is how this works.
    22 points
  2. People choosing to disparage Alberts or say he went for more money are doing so because they realize their vote helped put the University and it’s Athletic Department in the position it’s currently in (rudderless, lacking leadership, full of in-fighting and regent incompetence). Your vote has consequences—Terry Pettit has already called this out. Ricketts, Pillen, the Peeds—they’re systematically attacking the University by slashing its budget, and the regents they backed should be sued for malfeasance they’re so incompetent. But hey, blame Trev going for more money (which he didn’t get) or moving to another red State (that keeps their leadership) if that helps you cope with the fact that your vote for Pillen and Ricketts is helping kill the university.
    22 points
  3. Why? This is exactly what Pillen, Ricketts, and the Peed family want. They want an unstable University they can dismantle, and leaving it rudderless and in the hands of incompetent lackeys on the BoR helps their cause. Frankly, a lot of Nebraska voters that *supposedly* love Husker athletics and the University need to realize that voting for the current (read: non-moderate) GOP candidates means undermining the University and its mission, which includes athletics. Also, it’s not a coincidence that some of the best runs the University *and* this state had is when we had moderate leadership at the helm, and not the incompetence we have now at Governor. Elections have consequences.
    17 points
  4. And the political power play to move AD decisions to the regents also doesn't sit well. That happened late last year or earlier this year... This is going to be a thread where Politics is going to crash head-long into athletics, and it's not going to be pretty, because one of the main reasons for the dysfunction is sitting in the Governor's chair and was sitting in that chair in the previous term. And people can make up boogeymen all they want, but at the end of the day, when your state pushes policies that push kids away from the University (not just athletically-gifted kids--all kids), take the decision-making process for important functions out of the AD's hands, and you prop your friends up via cronyism to be Regents without having a fecking clue what needs to be done to maintain or support a state institution...it's not a shock you have dysfunction and a lack of vision. Elections have consequences, and the MAGA crowd in their myopia may have the (unintended?) consequence of killing off one of the prize jewels of the state and its Athletic Program.
    17 points
  5. Just because you are registered as a republican does not mean you are okay with the far right antics that are being played in that party currently.
    16 points
  6. 16 points
  7. I thought it was a good read.
    15 points
  8. Something is broken in the University system in Nebraska, and (not to get derailed into P/R territory), I'm not unconvinced it isn't political in nature.
    15 points
  9. "The 26K crybabies and snowflakes at UNL" which 26k exactly are you speaking of..?? "the state doesn't revolve around UNL." exactly the point that you seem to be missing... the state should not have their political fingers in the university at all.. I always seems to find it odd that the GOP wants smaller government ONLY on issues that they agree with and are constantly "arming themselves" against a government they don't trust...
    14 points
  10. I know it might not matter to some folks, but this kind of thinking will drive good professors and researchers away from the University at a huge cost to the institution and the state. There's a movement out there to make America stupider and angrier, and it's going to backfire on everybody.
    12 points
  11. Great. We lose good talent at UNL and you blame the talent instead of the leadership that drove them out.
    12 points
  12. Too bad. We're lucky to have someone who actually knows their s#!t to counter the gut feelings of less informed posters. Given that he'd already provided multiple dumbed down versions that some folks didn't trust, he really had no choice. Not sure a few paragraph breaks would have won you over. Appreciate the effort Madcows.
    11 points
  13. From people I know close-ish to the situation, the regents have had 3-4 people they wanted to offer the President position to, Pillen felt those candidates were too liberal ("too woke" was the quote used) and mentioned funding would be more challenging if they went that route. They are now having difficulty agreeing on a qualified candidate conservative enough for Pillen to ensure funding doesn't become an issue. So, with no permanent President in place, behind the scenes above Trev has been, from the way it was described to me "a complete and utter ish-show with no end in sight". Issues started before Trev was in place, but people above him shielded him from the chaos. That shield is gone and as of yesterday's conversations, has no replacements in sight. Trev has been unhappy for a long time with what has been going on from a university leadership standpoint and has wanted out for more than a year, not a lot of options on where he was willing to go, but he was going to take the first offer he could. He had been actively looking for options since around Jan. 2023, and expressed his concerns, through appropriate channels on several occasions. He made sure everything he did publicly was positive. The only way he would have stayed is if the regents and governor agreed to a person that was going to be forward thinking, and that's not happening anytime soon. Position may be filled soon-ish, but not by a forward thinking candidate.
    11 points
  14. Oh great, so he's clearly an Iowa mole sent to destroy the athletic department!
    10 points
  15. You can't make this stuff up.
    10 points
  16. Held accountable for what?
    10 points
  17. So you are afraid of explaining why Trans Visibility conflicts with Easter in public. Boy, if that doesn't tell the story.
    9 points
  18. This has to be the 87th time you've posted this.
    9 points
  19. Don't switch parties, stop participating in politics. Spend time with your family, pick up a new hobby, whatever it is stop spending time on politics and worse taking that time you've spent cultivating political opinions to the voting booth. You don't understand the world around you, and that's okay. It's a big scary place, and reactionary and angry politics that you vote for isn't the answer. I get it man, but for the sake of everybody, disengage all together.
    9 points
  20. Paragraphs are your friend.
    9 points
  21. True, I just picked the names people here would recognize. A lot of unintended consequences to this power struggle that general public doesn't see and don't realize. Loss of professors, inability to recruit good professors, the brain drain is real and will be devastating. The current desire to squash this 'woke' movement in academia is major problem in the not too distant future and is already having some very unsavory side effects. A lot of leopards will be full on faces.
    9 points
  22. And we can continue to dig up his alleged old flaws from past jobs all we like, but there is little doubt Trev was a great ambassador had NU athletics going in the right direction. The next AD isn't going to be Mr (or Mrs) Perfect either.
    9 points
  23. Kind of seeing a pattern here right?
    9 points
  24. Both Pillen and Ricketts had bigger fish to fry. The 26K crybabies and snowflakes at UNL need to re-evaluate their importance as the rest of the state doesn't revolve around UNL. God forbid that UNL stay beholden to the taxpayers via the BoR. If these temper tantrums by Carter, Green, Alberts, are the result of being held accountable, then good riddance. There definitely is a cancer or a rot in UNL and in academia as a whole, but it's not the BOR. Maybe Sasse will come back to right the ship.
    9 points
  25. Trev didn't quit because of the fans, he didn't quit because of his coaches and he didn't quit because of the teams. He quit because the NU System is broken. So broken that he left his alma mater for the same job, making the same money, with a shorter contract.
    9 points
  26. "People don't quit their jobs, they quit their boss."
    9 points
  27. Talk to the legislature. They seem keen on running the state and university into the ground.
    9 points
  28. How terrible must working with the Board of Regents be?
    9 points
  29. This was posted over at another site but since the poster copied it from another board and the author stated anybody can post this anywhere I thought some here might be interested. Enjoy. Great observations from somebody that was at practice since we don't get much of that these days. Should really get your juices flowing. I added a few more paragraph breaks for readability and let the spell checker fix some typos.
    8 points
  30. Or maybe it's that Jenner has a history of being a pull the ladder up after themselves kind of person, a complete hypocrite, and they literally killed somebody.
    8 points
  31. Man, you are like a case study in "everything Trump does is fine because Dems are bad."
    8 points
  32. The ADL isn't posting on Huskerboard my friend. Keep track of your own arguments. I thought we were talking about ADL calling things racist and acting like we shouldn’t use 100% because racists are using it, and now we're talking about some vague hypothetical slippery slope unrelated to ADL. Not sure if you don't get out much or what, but people still use the okay hand symbol all the time and it is just fine and without a second thought (for the record, I absolutely agree that the controversy over the ok sign is ludicrous, but that's a different conversation). So to recap: • You claimed that, "the Looney Left thinks just about everything is racist" with your supporting 'evidence' that doesn't actually show anyone calling anything racist, but rather only documents racist people doing something. • You claimed that, "the ADL is way out on its skis with this one", even though all the ADL has done is document something that exists in the world (with visual aid photos even). • You claimed that, "50 plus 50 is 100 and that’s not racist. Using, I’m committed 100% is not racist. Answering a question about liking something with 100% is not racist." which...okay, you are right about that, but sir this is a Wendy's and nobody made any claims otherwise. • You claimed that, "The ADL is acting like we shouldn’t use 100% because racists are using it now" even though they aren't acting like that and haven't. • You claimed that, "People claim every white person who does the okay symbol is flashing a racist sign.", which.....lol. Show me one single person making this specific claim that every white person doing the ok sign is flashing a racist sign and I will immediately concede the point and agree that this is a notable subset of the population who think this way. and on and on and on. Actually an impressive total accumulation of absolute fantasy.
    8 points
  33. 8 points
  34. That's why I said Trev can be an a$$h@!e too. There's no way he comes out of this looking fresh. What he did is pretty unforgivable to a fan base that's been s#!t on for decades, and the only beacon in the limelight has been volleyball (thank god for John Cook and those women). His tweets the past 24hrs have also been extremely cringe. It's one thing for us 9 to 5 people to leave a job because our bosses suck, but he was getting paid almost $2M/yr to guide this program and deal with the bulls#!t. $2M in Lincoln Nebraska goes a loooong way. To lie to a fandoms face and tell them the things he did the past few years and then fly out the door to an old rival just when things are looking up is trash. Even more so when he never spoke out about the issues publicly. The dude would have had the entire state's ear. As an alumni and supposed lover of the program he had a responsibility to speak out, and he didn't.
    8 points
  35. 8 points
  36. Terry Pettit, legendary former Husker volleyball coach: "Talented people (Ted Carter, Ronnie Green, Trev Alberts) leave a team when the leadership above them loses sight of the team's purpose. The team is the University. When the leadership cuts funding, and undermines the team's purpose with political dogma they leave." Never one to mince words.
    8 points
  37. The problem is that it isn't something he can fix. He can't fix the board of regents or the governor who's boots they lick. You'd think that pillen being a former football player would do everything he can to make the university & it's athletic department happy, but he's more interested in avoiding press conferences where he might have to explain why he does what he does.
    8 points
  38. He may not have the power to assist in fixing what is broken, nor have the trust in the people that do.
    8 points
  39. *Gesticulates wildly at the Governor's office*
    8 points
  40. UNL is fundamentally broken internally.
    8 points
  41. I am convinced we will continue to lose to Colorado until such a time when our fanbase will stop brazenly assuming there is NO way we lose to Colorado.
    7 points
  42. https://journalstar.com/news/local/education/husker-athletic-department-to-provide-5-million-in-scholarships-to-nonathletes/article_d55a4276-b344-566f-bdaa-672dc8de9a99.html This is old but took me all of ten seconds to find.
    7 points
  43. Man I ain’t reading that
    7 points
  44. The committee always seems to have a sense of humor with 1 or 2 1st round games each year, so I am going to call it now: 7 Nebraska vs 10 Texas A&M
    7 points
  45. We would also have had a better idea of what was happening and who was stirring the pot if the World-Herald and Journal-Star had not been decimated of the reporters who once tracked this sort of thing. Like I said. Stupider and angrier. It actually is an agenda.
    7 points
  46. This should also put to bed Nebraska's obsession with hiring former players for any position in the athletic department. Frost was an epic disaster as a head coach. Trev bails for a bigger paycheck before the job is done (FB returning to upper tier B1G, stadium project).
    7 points
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