Friday, April 20, 2007

It’s Between Arizona and Colorado. You’ve Seen Pictures.

by Jeff Konya, Assoc. A.D./Compliance

I may be dating myself, and for that I apologize, but “Fletch” circa 1985 is a very underrated comedy. In fact, I would put it up against any of the old guard comedies (i..e, “Animal House”, “Caddyshack”) and the new guard (i.e., “Napoleon Dynamite”, “Anchorman”). Sadly, it was mostly downhill for poor Chevy after that movie save a few more Griswold adventures. So when I found out I was going to Utah in September 2007, I immediately thought of Fletch and some of the “Utah” scenes (i.e., Harry S. Truman, “look defenseless babies,” mattress police, stunt flying up there, “somebody’s bucking for a promotion”, etc).

Why Utah?

Because, "It’s all ball bearings nowadays, maybe you need a refresher course.”

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I have been selected to be a NCAA Peer Reviewer for a Division I institution in Utah this fall. With my fellow peer reviewers (a C-USA school President, a Vice Provost from a Pac 10 school, et cetera), we will be tasked with writing a report based on our findings of how Utah State measures up to some NCAA standards on various issues (i.e., Rules Compliance, Academics, Diversity, Student-Athlete Welfare, Department Organization, etc). For those that don’t know, the Peer Review team and report is part of the official NCAA Certification process, where approximately every 10 years, each NCAA Division I member school must be similarly reviewed. In fact, SMU will begin its third cycle certification within the next two years, so hopefully I can get sufficient knowledge of what issues will be stressed by the NCAA during this wave of reviews. The whole process is very labor intensive, but this time I can be the auditor (Stanwyk’s Doctor) and not the auditee (Fletch singing "Moon River").

Also, the Office of Compliance Services - with the help of the Marketing and Media Relations Staffs - has produced a new compliance educational brochure. Click here for a preview. For starters, this brochure will be sent with all football season tickets, and will be distributed at several SMU athletics contests next year. The goal was to present the rules in a more proactive, and for lack of a better word, “fun” way. The brochure covers the basic rules with a few of the nuances but I may have to get the Vista version when it is upgraded to account for some of the issues being discussed on and/or potential issues coming on the horizon (i.e., the animal of text messaging).

Till next time. You can charge this entire blog to the Underhills. Tierra Del Fuego.

Last Ipod Download- Fletch (movie)


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