Spring Semester 2014:
A look at Ohio State’s administration
The Lantern requested records including performance reviews and travel budgets of OSU’s top administrators and compared their salaries to those at similar universities. It was an attempt to get a glimpse into what has been going on behind closed doors in Bricker Hall and across campus before and during a time of transition.
- The interim: Ohio State sails on in year of transition
- Inconsistent review process for Ohio State administrators
- Culture of big bonuses permeates Ohio State administration
- Performance review: Official’s leadership style could ‘cripple’ Ohio State
- $1M in Ohio State administrators’ travels includes private jets, luxury hotels
- Ohio State holds onto administrators with ‘competitive’ compensation
- Ohio State interim president’s travel expenses total $120K including trips to football games, Washington, D.C.
Ohio State self-reports athletic violations
Ohio State receives feedback about weather cancellations
OSU called off classes Jan. 6, 7 and 28 because of extreme weather conditions. Students, faculty, staff and parents were among those at OSU’s Columbus campus who sent emails about the weather to Alutto and OSU Emergency Management between Jan. 5 and Feb. 12. The messages ranged from calling for classes to be canceled, to pointing out areas that weren’t cleared, to thanking the ground crews for their work.
- ‘Please close, it’s freezing’: Ohio State receives emails about class cancellations and lack thereof
Performance reviews for Ohio State coaches
Athletic director and Vice President Gene Smith mostly praised OSU basketball coach Thad Matta in his 2013 yearly performance review, but Smith mentioned he wanted Matta “to assist the department in promoting early non-conference games to strengthen interest and attendance.” Matta’s reviews of assistant coaches Jeff Boals, Dave Dickerson and Greg Paulus were also largely complimentary.
- Performance reviews: Thad Matta named ‘outstanding;’ complimentary of Ohio State men’s basketball assistants
Fall Semester 2013:
Ohio State’s nearly $700M in private contracts
OSU has contracts with Coca-Cola Co., Nike Inc., Huntington National Bank, QIC Global Infrastructure, Fanatics Inc. and J. America Sportswear worth a total of approximately $683 million. These contracts have raised questions about what could be privatized next.
- $683M and counting: Ohio State’s private contracts raise questions about what’s to come
- Just doing it: Ohio State, Nike extend $46 million, brand-building agreements
- Huntington Bank exceeds $125M Ohio State contract promises as federal government seeks deal transparency
- Refreshing or restricting? Ohio State’s $32M deal with Coca-Cola brings up questions of transparency
- The 50-year agreement: OSU’s $483M parking deal stands alone among other schools after year 1
Cheerleading coaches fired after sexual harassment probe
An anonymous report of sexual harassment made by a then-OSU cheerleader led to the terminations of two assistant coaches “for cause” in May. The head coach of the team, who was initially retained, was later terminated as well.
- Cheerleaders harassed, coaches fired: 2 Ohio State assistants fired after sexual harassment probe, head coach retained
- Former Ohio State cheerleader’s lawyer calls for Gene Smith to terminate head coach Lenee Buchman
- Ohio State head cheerleading coach fired after ‘serious lapses’ of judgment, leadership
- Interim Ohio State cheerleading coach named, head coach fired
Drive Capital investment prompts concerns
OSU invested roughly $50 million in venture capital firm Drive Capital during summer 2013, despite concerns from top officials.
The search for a new university president
OSU’s search for a new university president has involved hiring private search firm R. William Funk & Associates, hosting a symposium on the university presidency, soliciting suggestions from the university community and spending more than $337,000.
Ohio State’s efforts to monitor student-athletes’ social media
OSU has a three-year contract with sports relationship management firm Jump Forward, worth $360,500, that allows the university to keep tabs on its student-athletes and coaches.