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A must read Graham Couch opininion...Screw coaching salaries
http://www.mlive.com/broncos/kzgazette/i...xml&coll=7

Couch makes some great points. Deiter's column last week was very disappointing for athetlics.
04-15-2007 11:50 AM
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I read that this morning, was going to post about it but just threw up my hands because I couldn't believe the thought process that our 'esteemed' former and interim president put forth.

Simple math would prove Dieter wrong, he's been in the university ivory tower forum too long to understand. If they average 8,000 less per game if the team isn't performing (which is a very realistic scenario) that translates into some serious dollars being forsaken.

Penny wise, pound foolish. Dieter is going to change the academic/athletic relationship from his lofty, temporary interim perch in Kalamazoo? 01-wingedeagle

I was impressed with the board members quote though, hopefully he has a good deal of influence with the selection of the future president.
04-15-2007 11:59 AM
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The board member you speak of is Ken Miller. Miller owns a number of restuarants in SW MI, and understands $$$ impact that athetics brings to the area as well to the University.

I'd almost rather have a CEO type than an academic nerd running the school, but academia seems to promote academia.
04-15-2007 12:10 PM
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No kidding, it's almost like Dieter and the rest are jealous of the coaches salaries, and that's driving their rationale. See it very often, and those jealous people often succeed, while forward thinking programs who look past that will keep leaving us behind.
04-15-2007 12:27 PM
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Next president
The next president may be the guy from Southern Illinois University. Hopefully he has seen what the resurrection in their football program under Jerry Kill (including beating IU last fall) has meant to that school, and will bring that with him to Kalamazoo.
04-15-2007 12:40 PM
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IMO, Dieter isnt off track, in a perfect world.

Athletics, unless Ivy League or non D-1, has been all about cash for some time. As much as it troubles me, because it does skew the expectations from student/athlete to athlete for hire.

The trustee seems to have a clearer understanding of the reality. Cubit is also showing the class individual that he is. That in of itself is worth the necessary investment.

Is the cut of $ 1/4 mil from the athletic budget related to this state funding issue driven by those 3 larger state schools? Or is that cut WMU bleeding ink on its own?
04-15-2007 01:45 PM
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Cubit deserves more money, plain and simple. Deiter is off in his article only because things are not out of wack at WMU. Even if you doubled Cubit's salary(which I think would be about right) he would be making 2 times that of the average prof. At the "big time" schools they make 10-30 times the amount of the average prof. That is insane. Deiter's time has passed, anyone who believes that Deiter is this grandfatherly figure has never been anywhere near his office. He has been very harsh to people over the years. He needs to fade away back into academia or just get out, he has the building named after him... Don't let the door hit you 03-nerner
04-16-2007 10:20 PM
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``My personal feeling is that it's essential to keep Bill Cubit,'' said Ken Miller, vice chairman of WMU's board of trustees. ``What he brings the university, the community and the program is rare in terms of commitment and integrity.

``It's a competitive world out there. It's ramping up for both university presidents and coaches at the Division I level. It's something we all have to deal with.''

Miller, who made it clear that he wasn't speaking for the other board members, said finding the right president is his ``opportunity to do that.'' Given the ``turmoil'' and ``divisive times'' over the last year at WMU, Miller added that he isn't surprised a new contract for Cubit isn't done.

``I'd like to see some things considered, yes personally,'' Miller said. ``Kudos to Bill Cubit that he hasn't made one peep.''

http://www.mlive.com/broncos/kzgazette/i...thispage=2

WMU Trustee Ken Miller, who led the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, said that late April 14, following campus visits by three of four candidates named earlier this month, the committee met and agreed on Dunn as its considered recommendation to forward to the University's Board of Trustees.


Sounds like Ken Miller is an athletic supporter and he was the head of the search for getting this new prez. I think this is a good sign. 02-13-banana
04-16-2007 11:05 PM
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I believe Miller's offices (Millennium Restaurant Group) are still next to the Black Swan in Parkview Hills. You should give him a call, or see if you can get 10 minutes of his time. I'm sure he'd be eager to hear the opinion of a former player.
04-16-2007 11:18 PM
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