Now let that sink in a moment; $700-million over his target! ("What did he want to do, start his own space program?" -- Louis Black)
Perhaps if he only raised a couple hundred thousand more, the swim team would still exist at the University of Washington? But, then again, he only made $906,500 a year. Maybe if they paid him a "cool-million" or 2.5-times more than the president of the United States he might have come up with the extra cash to allow a swim team to exist but then again, that would have taken away barely a quarter-percent of that $700-million-dollar "moon launch!"
Look at this snippet from the Seattle Times:5% of his salary towards scholarships? That is not a "gesture," that's "throwing a dry bone to barking dog" and telling it to shut up.
Salary: Emmert was the nation's second-highest-paid public university president, with a salary of $906,500. He also collected an additional $340,000 in cash and stock from sitting on two corporate boards. That level of compensation put him under increasing fire as the state budget hit hard times and the UW faced severe cutbacks. When he and other senior leaders announced in February that they would donate 5 percent of their salaries to student scholarships, some considered the gesture too little, too late.
The NCAA is now my enemy until swim programs are subsidized with the hundreds-of-millions of-dollars that NCAA affiliated universities make and NCAA should be your enemy too. Just 10,000 swimmers in a "shoulder to shoulder effort to topple this organization politically."
Just look what about 50-of-you-guys did by inspiring USA Swimming to shape child protection policies. It wasn't all me; that is for sure.
The NCAA has done nothing but lined their pockets at the expense of "teen labor" by leveraging an "obsolete" word called "amateur." The "paying for their schooling" does not wash since most football players are generally don't test better than swimmers when it comes to academics.
Swim Programs are cut, money making sports that exploit athletes who, for the most part do not meet the grade standards, flourish and since when did it it become public policy for universities to stop looking out for the student body and embrace the unqualified student for the return on investment?
Swim Viking inspired this article: [Link]