“Intercollegiate Athletics (at the U of I) is self supported and does not use state funds, taxpayer dollars, or university funds for our salary program.”
– Kent Brown, UI Athletic Department spokesperson

How many times have you heard that before? Have you ever wondered if it’s true?

It’s not.  And here are all the details.

THE MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR HEAD FAKE is the most in-depth and revealing investigation into the inner-finances of the University of Illinois, Urbana Athletic Department ever conducted.  Read it.  It’s in four parts.

Part One: ‘No Taxpayer Dollars’ For Coaches At the U of I?  You May Be Surprised
Part TwoU of I Athletic Director Gets a Raise, Taxpayers Get a Bill
Part ThreeThe Athletic Fee That Isn’t There.  Except It Is
Part FourLow Income Pays For Luxury

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Also published on:

The Investigative Journalism Education Consortium Website (Here)
Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, Investigate Midwest
Illinois Academe, Fall, 2017 edition
The Huffington Post – Part One Part Two •.Part Three Part Four



  • Champaign News Gazette
  • Illinois Public Media
  • Chicago Tribune (note: instead of actually writing about the series, the Tribune instead used the news about the series to write a criticism of the public pension system of Illinois, one of their favorite political tropes. Have to say I feel as though I was used by them.  They missed the point of the series entirely, instead just using it to reinforce one of their favorite narratives, just like Fox News.)


This series is dedicated to the memory of my two greatest teachers: Jerry Landay and Bob Reid.  I know they would be proud.

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