When bad things happen to shitty programs

Well, it’s good to see that at least some folks made out just fine from Jordan McNair’s death.

The investigation into the University of Maryland’s football program cost the University System of Maryland more than $1.57 million, with four of eight members of a special commission billing the university more than six figures apiece for their two months of work, according to recently released documents and invoices…

Much of the investigation’s legwork was done by the Baltimore law firm DLA Piper, which charged the university system $636,772 for its services. The eight commission members each charged an hourly rate of $650 an hour.

Charles Scheeler, the DLA Piper attorney who served as the commission’s point person, billed the university system for $283,855, and Ben Legg, a retired federal judge, charged $161,915. Alex Williams, also a retired judge, charged $155,194 for the work he did alongside an associate.

Bonnie Bernstein, the journalist and Maryland graduate, billed for $118,463, and Frederick M. Azar, the chief of staff at Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics in Memphis, charged $71,129.62.

Rounding out the group, Tom McMillen, the former Maryland basketball star who served three terms in Congress, charged $58,996; former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. billed $40,300; and Doug Williams, retired Redskins quarterback and current team senior vice president, charged $30,550.

All that for a whitewashed report the school president ignored a few days later.  So much for you get what you pay for.


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6 responses to “When bad things happen to shitty programs

  1. $650 an hour? That almost made me spit my coffee.


  2. Bulldog Joe

    “Tommy shoots and scores!”


  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    $283,855 @ $650 per. That’s almost an hour and a quarter a day for 365 days.
    Bullshit Charles Scheeler! Bullshit!


  4. Russ


    But hey, they hired Mike Locksley to clean up the mess. At least he’s familiar with creating shitty athletics programs.


  5. Justin

    I’m no bleeding heart but what a travesty. Everyone here will end up fine sitting on a pile of money at the end of the day except for Jordan McNair’s family. Sometimes all you can do is sit an wonder what is wrong with this world.