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BULLETIN: May 19, 2017 — Faced with the evidence, Iowa capitulates

This evening, it was announced that the University of Iowa’s athletic department would be making payments of $6.5 million to both former women’s athletic administrator Jane Meyer and former field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, as well as the legal team that won an antidiscriminaton case against Meyer.

It’s a major victory in labor law, one which, frankly, the university and athletic director Gary Barta brought on themselves through entitlement and hubris. Indeed, the attorney general’s office for the entire state of Iowa took it upon themselves to try to bail out the athletic department on, frankly, its power and influence rather than due process.

Despite this victory in court, there are a couple of things that haven’t happened. One, Tracey Greisbaum isn’t getting her job back, according to Jill Zwagerman, part of the legal team. And, apparently, neither is Meyer.

“I don’t know that it would have been a good atmosphere to go back, with Mr. Barta still being there in charge and the way he testified against Jane and Tracey on the stand,” Zwagerman told The Des Moines Register.

In addition, Barta is still — for the moment — employed by the University of Iowa.

But he’s now a person who, because of a management style enumerated and exposed in a court of law, is little better than damaged goods in the eyes of higher educational management.

How long he lasts depends on the university’s realization of that fact.

 

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