The report bluntly concludes that neither DeFleur and nor Thirer “reacted with sufficient objectivity and self-inquiry when faced with growing concerns from the [America East Conference] and its member institutions regarding the direction of [Binghamton’s] men’s basketball program.”
As a result of this lack of oversight, Kaye recommends that Binghamton’s Faculty Senate and its constituent athletics boards take a greater role in “supervising the direction and operation” (my emphasis added) of the men’s basketball program in the future. She also suggests that the SUNY system appoint an “athletic oversight officer,” which would report to the Board of Trustees, to consistently monitor “the admission, academic progress and behavior of student-athletes attending SUNY schools.”
SUNY Binghamton ought to drop its Division I sports programs immediately. This basketball fiasco comes on the tails of the school announcing (quietly) that it is spending millions on a softball complex. What’s all this I keep hearing about financing troubles for state universities? The taxpayers of New York are being plundered in an incomprehensibly awful way. And all we are going to get is, “some better oversight.” Fire them all. Drop the programs. Stop playing the stupid preferential admissions games for students (note how the E.O.P made it easy for these tricks to be played). And revoke all of their funding.
Alas, none of that will ever happen. They will convene more blue-ribbon panels, as costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars, to propose reforms to ensure better behavior. What a joke.
By the way, here aer some of the indiscretions:
And there’s much much more.