Speaker Hughes and a couple of House members were very upset over the decision to not play the basketball game in 2016. He requested that the audit be considered. The audit committee consists of Speaker Hughes, President Niederhauser (President of the senate), Senator Gene Davis (Senate Minority Leader) and Rep. Brian King (House Minority Leader). A couple of house members made some noise about cutting funding to the U but you need to realize that those funding decisions are made by the whole Higher Education Appropriations Committee and the Executive Appropriations Committee which consists primarily of majority and minority leadership from both the house and senate, and then ultimately by both bodies of the legislature. I can tell you that no members of the senate really engaged in this process to request the audit. It was driven by a few house members.
I am told that the audit should be completed by September. The audit findings will be very interesting to me since very little state money goes to athletics at the U. Having lived through a number of state legislative audits, I would expect the auditors to attempt to find issues of concern. If there are any and they are valid then the legislature will work with the university to correct them. It needs to be clarified that this is a legislative audit and not an audit coming out the the State Auditor's office. They are two different kinds of audits done by different staffs.
I personally do not think the audit was warranted and yes it was the result of a couple of members of the house getting worked up over it. I will tell you that since the audit was ordered there has been good discussions between the leadership in the legislature and U officials that will help greatly when the audit findings are released.
My advice to everyone on UteFans is to take a deep breath and let it play out. All the conspiracy theories and Zoob theories are unfounded. There is no sense in getting worked up at this point, making accusations and calling people names. There will be plenty to talk about in September when the audit findings are released.
Now to site my "inside source". I am a member of the Higher Ed Appropriations Committee, I am a graduate of the U and a loyal Ute. I also am one of those awful LDS legislators that some of you seem to want to paint as arrogant, evil and a few other expletives. Rest assured myself and other legislators that feel as I do will work diligently to make sure that the U is well funded and has the resources to continue to be one of the finest institutions in America.
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