Athletics: Lt. Governor Newsom wants next Cal AD to be contractually accountable to academic improvement

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom has turned up the heat on Cal’s search for its next athletic director.

Newsom, a member of the UC Regents, wrote a letter to University of California president Janet Napolitano reminding everyone of recent poor graduation rates by Cal athletes in football and basketball.

Newsom argued that academic improvement should be a mandate included in the contract of the university’s next AD, with the failure to do so grounds for termination.

Here is an excerpt of his letter:

“The resignation of the UC Berkeley athletic director Sandy Barbour triggered a nationwide search for her replacement; this gives the search committee the opportunity to prioritize academics. The next director must put academics first and be held accountable through direct financial and contractual obligations.

“The athletic director’s contract should stipulate aggressive benchmarks for improvement in graduation and academic progress rates or face termination, period. We cannot skirt around the edges of the problem. If our goal as a university is to educate, then we should make it a contractual priority. I propose we start with the UC Berkeley athletic director, but this is only a beginning. It is my hope that we make this the new standard for every athletic program.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • covinared

    butt out Newsome!

  • Wehofx

    Covina, you’re being too kind.

    F newsom. Every time I think I might be able to vote for him, he does a D bag move like the above.

    BIG bummer about Broussard. But, it seems like true frosh Devante Downs might be the real deal at mike. Fingers crossed for Brennan and Moose.

  • Rollonubears

    As lt gov, he should be the one accepting responsibility for this. What a clown.

  • jvj

    It is political nonsense like this that destroys recuiting at Cal. Newsom “forgot” to include UCLA in his “plan.” Aren’t they also a California public university. Since UCLA already has their AD, why not start there?

    Oh, that’s right, Newsroom needs SoCal voters for his next gig since they outnumber Berkeley voters.

    Newson could care less about the student athletes at Cal, and everyone knows it.


  • Juancho

    I’d like to see what is in Newsom’s contract. When he was running wild doing white powders in SF bar restrooms was that part of his contract?

  • covinared

    I am bummed out about Broussard. He was impressive that year he managed to play.

  • southseasbear

    Newsom wants the AD to be accountable for the academic performance of 18-26 year old adults (some of whom have children of their own)? So, he expects the AD to personally monitor classroom and study hall attendance? Should he or she also do bed checks in the dorms? What a moron. I know who will NOT get my vote when Brown is termed out.