Any try by the College of California regents to dam UCLA’s transfer to the Big Ten may endanger the way in which the governing physique does enterprise, in accordance with a longtime observer of the regents skilled with their interior workings.
The observer informed The Instances that the regents making an attempt to thwart a enterprise transaction correctly made by a college chancellor below his delegation of authority may have a chilling impact on future transactions of any sort with a 3rd social gathering for all 10 UC campuses.
“Other members of the board of regents need to stop and think about that for a moment,” stated the observer, talking on situation of anonymity as a result of he didn’t wish to publicly reveal previous ties to the regents.
Two regents informed The Instances on Wednesday that they believed their governing physique retained the authority to forestall UCLA from leaving the Pac-12 in 2024, although they stopped in need of saying that authority could be exercised.
“All options are on the table,” regent John Perez stated.
Regents have expressed considerations about how UCLA’s transfer — alongside cross-town rival USC — may financially wallop UC Berkeley whereas additionally rising the pressure on UCLA athletes due to the journey burden related to competing in a convention spanning one coast to the opposite.
When UCLA introduced its intentions to bolt for the Big Ten on the finish of June, chancellor Gene Block and athletic director Martin Jarmond touted the transfer’s potential to fortify their athletic division amid a quickly altering school sports activities panorama. The transfer would include enormous monetary advantages, broaden the varsity’s recruiting base and supply a degree of status that persevering with membership within the Pac-12 wouldn’t match.
The talk over UCLA’s potential to unilaterally change conferences facilities on a 1991 UC system coverage that delegated authority to campus chancellors to execute their very own contracts, together with intercollegiate athletic agreements. Charlie Robinson, basic counsel for the UC system, stated throughout the regents assembly Wednesday that the board chairman may supersede that authority.
“One mechanism would be for the [regent] board chair to say, ‘I’m directing you, in this instance, to stand down,’ ” Robinson stated, “and the board will be exercising authority in this area.”
To guard itself from comparable quandaries sooner or later, UC system management has proposed new guidelines that would restrict campuses from making main choices involving athletics contracts on their very own. The regents are anticipated to vote on the proposal at their September assembly in San Diego.
The longtime observer stated he may recall solely two situations wherein the UC regents overturned or modified actions taken by a college chancellor or president below present delegations of authority.
In 1970, the board of regents reversed UCLA chancellor Charles Younger’s determination to rehire Angela Davis as an performing assistant professor of philosophy after she had recognized herself as a member of the Communist Social gathering.
In 1996, the board of regents informally requested UC President Dick Atkinson to change his determination to delay, by one yr, the implementation of affirmative action-related resolutions.
The observer questioned whether or not the regents had the authorized authority to retroactively rescind Block’s determination that had been communicated to Michael V. Drake, president of the UC system. Furthermore, the observer puzzled if the regents wished to ask the kind of chaos that intervening on this matter would create.
“If the regents set the precedent that any action taken under delegations of authority can be undone by the board,” the observers stated, “any loan agreement for a new campus building, the acceptance of a gift, the naming of a building — all of those matters would then be subject to question.”