MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, INC.
January 24, 2002
The Board of Directors of the University of Louisville Athletic Association, Inc. held its regular meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2002, at 3:40 p.m. in the Jefferson Room of Grawemeyer Hall, with members present and absent as follows:
Present: Dr. John W. Shumaker, Chairman, Presiding
Mr. Larry L. Owsley, Treasurer
Professor Elaine O. Wise, Secretary
Mr. Robert P. Benson, Jr.
Mr. Joseph S. Beyel
Mr. Carlton J. Brown
Ms. Virginia C. Brown
Professor Robin R. Harris
Mr. Wade Houston
Mr. Thomas M. Jurich, ex officio
Dr. Richard L. Miller
Professor Glenda S. Neely
Judge Olga S. Peers
Dr. William Pierce
Professor Joanne Rowe
Mr. T. W. Samuels, Jr.
Ms. Lea J. Thurman
Mr. Michael Seebert
Professor Paul J. Weber
Ms. Blanche Brewer
Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr.
Dr. William Cheadle
Mr. Richard Emmett
Dr. Henry S. Enck
Mr. Owsley B. Frazier
Dr. Carol Garrison
Mr. Sam Rechter
Dr. Kenneth N. Schikler
From the University: Mr. Neil Brooks
Mr. Kevin Miller
Mr. Kenny Klein
Mr. Pete Cautilli
Mr. Mike Mangeot
Ms. Julie Hermann
Mr. Marvin Mitchell
Ms. Alicia Clark
Ms. Angela Koshewa
Ms. Rae Goldsmith
Mr. Dave Barker
Dr. Gene Gilchrist
Ms. Trisha Wolf
Mrs. Kathleen Smith, Assistant Secretary
Also Attending: Mr. Harry Jones
Tim Hofferth, Nelligan Sports Marketing
Lamar Daniels, Title IX Consultant
Having determined a quorum present, Chairman Shumaker called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.
Minutes of the previous meeting
Mr. Houston made a motion, which was seconded by Mr. Benson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held November 9, 2001.
Report of the Finance & Budget Committee
Action Item: Mr. Benson reported that at the Finance Committee meeting Kevin Miller presented a proposed football season ticket pricing proposal (attached to Finance Committee minutes). The committee recommended the package to the Board. Mr. Benson moved adoption of the proposal and Professor Wise seconded the motion. The motion passed. Mr. Benson noted that a report was received and discussed that tracked the current year budget in an improved reporting format. Mr. Benson also reported that the committee received a review of a first effort at benchmarking athletics activity on several indicators against national peers.
Mr. Jurich reported that the department had solicited bids for national marketing firms to promote the department as it has emerged as a national program. Among the bidders the eventual contract was awarded to Nelligan Sports Marketing. Nelligan is a nationally recognized firm that handles marketing for several universities, conferences and professional teams. The leadership of the company has experience with the very best programs. The contract that will be signed will achieve a $400,000 improvement to the bottom line in the first year. Mr. Jurich introduced the principals from Nelligan who spoke briefly about their excitement to join the university.
Information Item: Gender Equity
Mr. Jurich introduced Lamar Daniels. Mr. Daniels has worked with the university for several years to guide the improvements in gender equity. Mr. Daniels indicated that the program was essentially in compliance with Title IX although he was recommending minor changes that Mr. Jurich had already accepted. Mr. Daniels indicated that the Board and the university leadership should take great pride in the progress that had been made under current athletics leadership and that is by his assessment continuing.
Professor Harris commented as Vice Chair on the Commission on the Status of Women that the progress that has been made was widely recognized and appreciated on campus. Mr. Benson commented about the leadership that Judge Peers had taken early in the process and thanked her on behalf of the entire community.
Mr. Jurich commented that continuing progress may require the addition of a sport for women and that there were possibilities he was exploring.
Information Item: Arena Report
President Shumaker reported that several people including Mr. Jurich had spent considerable effort over the past few weeks. He indicated that the University Arena Committee he had commissioned and was co-chaired by Malcolm Chancey and Owsley Frazier will continue looking at possibilities with their primary focus on what is best for the university.
The President reviewed the interactions between the City and the University including extraordinary effort by Malcolm Chancey on behalf of the university. He reviewed several meetings that had occurred with Mayor Armstrong and community leaders. Even before the Hornets opted not to pursue Louisville, it was clear that the proposal was very aggressive in revenue projections and would present real challenges to university fund raising, ticket and concession revenue, and practice and playing dates. Dr. Shumaker thanked Mayor Armstrong for his effort and collegial approach.
Report of the Athletic Director
Tom Jurich reviewed several areas of recent success.
- In Volley Ball the program has been very successful this year and will return all of the players next year.
The Liberty Bowl was a shining moment for the university. UofL won 11 games for first time in the history of the university. After winning the Liberty Bowl recruiting has jumped significantly. The TV package for the next year is being finalized as we speak. Next season opens with UK on Sunday off Labor Day weekend on ESPN. Colorado State will be on road and on TV. Florida State on Thursday night and Tuesday night against Memphis. The season ends on road with Southern Miss This year football was on national TV more than any team in country other than Notre Dame. Quarterback Dave Ragone is predicted by some to be 5th in Heisman Trophy hopefuls, and the team is ranked 20th in preseason polls.
- Basketball is going great. The team needs to play at home because of the energy from the crowd. Brandon Bender is no longer on the team.
- Women’s Basketball is down a little but has beaten number 25 Cincinnati. The chemistry has to come back together. TCU is a great addition for the league.
- Baseball Coach Prado has been named national Coach for USA Baseball. That has, in the past, led to Olympic Team coaching.
NCAA Convention was recently held and the biggest news was the retirement of Cedrick Dempsey.
- At Conference USA meetings the important topic continues to be expansion but no decisions have been made.
- CardsCare program is going well.
- The natatorium project is still underway and hope to have an update in the near future
- President Shumaker commended Mr. Jurich for his splendid work, his significant advancements for the university, and for bringing in the best staff in the nation. Dr. Shumaker indicated that among ADs nationally, Mr. Jurich was among the best.
VII. Executive Session
Professor Wise made a motion, which Professor Neely seconded, to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters. The motion passed.
Open Meeting Reconvenes
President Shumaker reported that personnel matters were discussed in the executive session.
Mr. Benson moved, and Professor Seebert seconded the following motion:
The University of Louisville Athletics Association recognizes the contributions made by Athletic Director Tom Jurich in his time at Louisville. The advancements in gender equity, academic performance, facilities, and competitive success, as well as a record of NCAA compliance, place this program among the best in the country and place Mr. Jurich among the best Athletic Directors in the nation. In recognition of this performance, and to insure future performance and retention of Mr. Jurich, the ULAA will increase current contract incentives from $12,000 to $15,000 effective in the current contract year, create two new incentives at $11,500 each for membership on the NCAA Management Council, and any other NCAA National Committee, and revise the academic achievement performance to recognize athlete six-year graduation rates where they exceed the university six-year rate by 10% then incentive payment will be $12,000, where they exceed by 12.5% the incentive will be $24,000, and where they exceed by $15% the incentive payment will be $36,000 and the incentive payment will be $36,000 in any year where the athlete graduation rate exceeds 50%. Further, the ULAA Board authorizes the President to pursue further contract changes designed to create a long-term retention of Mr. Jurich and to report to the ULAA Board or the ULAA Executive Committee for approval. The Board authorizes the Executive Committee to act in its behalf in this contract amendment.
The motion passed unanimously.
Report of the Chairman
President Shumaker and Mr. Beyel reported that the university endowment has “cracked” the top 88. UofL’s endowment is ranked #87 in country with $503 million in assets and a rate of growth 10.7%
Professor Harris moved and Mr. Benson seconded a motion to adjourn. Adjournment occurred at