Dear Seminoles fan,
I want to let you know about an upcoming ESPN “Outside the Lines” television program that we know will portray the academic profile of student-athletes and the admissions and retention process at The Florida State University in a negative way. The promotions for this program already have shown that it contains false information.
Therefore, I and other top administrators have called and e-mailed Vince Doria, vice president of News at ESPN who has oversight of “Outside the Lines,”
We also have chosen not to grant the producer of this program interviews that were requested of Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell and football Head Coach Bobby Bowden, and we wanted you to know why.
We want you to understand we are very limited in how we can respond to this type of editorial reporting. Federal law prohibits the
An accurate view of student-athletes’ admission and retention at Florida State would reflect that the university admits hundreds of student-athletes who are talented in the classroom as well as in their sport. For example, student-athletes have been three of the last four Rhodes
According to our Admissions Office, Florida State ordinarily enrolls more than 6,000 “first
There is another admission option that requires the support of the university admission committee (consisting of a faculty majority) and involves an appeal to the committee and, if the committee admits the student, an academic plan must be approved by both the student and the admissions committee.
We think it is important to note that of the 41 students admitted through the committee admissions process in 2009, only 17 were
We take great pride in the academic performance of our student-athletes, as evidenced by these achievements in 2008-09:
For more information about student-athletes at Florida State, email: everythingFSU@fsu.com.
CONFERENCE CALL REGARDING UPCOMING OTL PROGRAM
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 14:34:22 -0500
TO: Vince Doria, Vice President of News, ESPN
RE: Upcoming Outside the Lines Program on Florida State University
As we urged you in our conference call this morning, we hope you will reconsider airing the “Outside the Lines” program ESPN
As Betty Steffens, Florida State University’s general counsel, and I discussed with you, the promotional video clip for this program and the written promotion posted at the ESPN “Outside the Lines” Web site both contain inaccurate information that is harmful to Florida
Here is a recap of the points we made in our conversation with you:
The promotional clip for this “Outside the Lines” piece features Brenda Monk, a former employee of the university who resigned and is suing the university and who is appealing a finding by the NCAA that she was guilty of academic
What that promotion piece says about Florida State University admitting “at least one student that had a documented IQ of 60” is absolutely false. And any cited corroboration for this statement is also false. In admissions, we focus on the student’s history of academic performance in classes, the rigor of those classes and test scores.
Tom Farrey, the reporter for this promotional piece, also takes that false statement that the university
The written promotional piece for the upcoming “Outside the Lines” program also says: “A central figure in the academic fraud scandal at Florida State University attributes the university’s problems to the caliber of students that
Our administrators worked with
Finally, Mr. Farrey had asked us for interviews with Coach Bowden and Florida State President T.K. Wetherell, but we turned down those interviews. I told Mr. Farrey that neither Coach Bowden nor President Wetherell is an expert in admissions policies and procedures. By design to comply with federal law, the admissions and retention administrators are the experts and
Also, in our conversation this morning you and, by follow-up email, the “Outside the Lines” staff again offered to interview Coach Bowden or President Wetherell. Even if this would give us an opportunity to address false accusations, why would anyone trust the context of your offer — verbatim as follows?: