Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Can the U of I Please Fire This Guy

I realize getting rid of a university professor in the days of tenure and political correctness is about as difficult as stopping the Yankees from buying the World Series but something needs to done about Stephen Kaufman. Seriously.

The guy apparently doesn't feel like he's gotten enough attention to his anti-Chief campaign so he's sending negative propaganda about the university that employs him to Illinois athletic recruits...including Eric Gordon.

The quotes in the above referenced story don't give us too much reason to think this could affect Gordon's decision but seeing as how the race between Illinois and Indiana is coming down to the wire, we would prefer nothing negative come into Gordon's mailbox about the U of I right now-especially when it's coming from an Illinois professor.

Eric Gordon will contribute a million times more to the University of Illinois in the one or two years he may play there than Stephen Kaufman could ever dream of doing in his entire 30, 40 or 50-year tenure. The fact that he's still allowed to teach is futher evidence that something is just wrong with this world.

To that end, if you would like to sound off to the appropriate parties about Mr. Kaufman, we are taking the liberty of providing you all the pertinent contact info (courtesy of the university website):

To e-mail Mr. Kaufman, simply click here.

To call him: 217-333-3521

To write him:
Stephen J. Kaufman
Cell and Structural Biology
B 107 Chemical and Life Sciences Building
MC 123
601 S. Goodwin
Urbana, IL 61801

In addition, no complaint about a professor for a problem of this magnitude is complete without letting the big boss know. To that end, Richard Herman is the university's chancellor. His job description says: The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the campus. The Office of the Chancellor has the all-encompassing goal of ensuring the overall excellence of the Urbana-Champaign campus.

E-mail Chancellor Herman here and let him know it would be an excellent idea to fire Professor Kaufman.

By the way, I still maintain the best way to address this issue the NCAA has with the Chief is for the state of Illinois to sue the pants off the NCAA for infringing on its business.

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