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Stand Up for UAA Athletics Group Statement on Doctor Cobb

Stand Up for UAA Athletics Group Statement on Doctor Cobb

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Published by Neil Torquiano
Local sports enthusiasts and UAA supporters Steve Nerland and Don Winchester came forward Monday, May 27th, to show their support for the current University of Alaska Anchorage Athletic Director, Dr. Steve Cobb.
Local sports enthusiasts and UAA supporters Steve Nerland and Don Winchester came forward Monday, May 27th, to show their support for the current University of Alaska Anchorage Athletic Director, Dr. Steve Cobb.

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Stand up for UAA Athletics group formedA number of long time UAA athletic champions isforming a group to stand up for UAA Athletics
and it’s
leadership.Headed by Don Winchester and Steve Nerland, the twobelieve there is a targeting of UAA Athletics and DrSteve Cobb by University by UA Statewide administrationbased in Fairbanks. They believe that UA Statewide
leadership is looking to terminate Dr Cobb…over the
apparent objection of UAA Administration.The recent allegation of a cover up regarding a 2011incident with former UAA Hockey Coach Dave Shyiak. willcome out in an impending report headed by UAF securitychief.
Nerland said that if there is no crime….that mean
s thereis no coverup as alleged. Dr Cobb indicated he followedall University protocol and procedures by reporting it toNCAA representative at UAA.
 
Winchester stated that it should beyond that, it isUniversity legal and security personnel that should haveinformed UA Statewide administration at that time in2011.The two men were quick to point out it is not the currentor past UAA Chancellor
’s
that are involved in thetargeting.
Fran Ulmer and Tom Case have been
significant supporter’s of UAA Athletics and Dr Cobb’
srecord of achievement, said Nerland. He went on to say,
Dr Cobb has set an incredible standard of academic andgraduation performance, plus more championshipsunder his watch
….
, than all previous athletic
administrator’s combined.
Winchester said that if 
Dr Cobb is terminated….then
academic standards, winning championships and
graduating student/athlete’s
at UAA must not beimportant to theUA Statewide administration based inFairbanks. We would like to do a comparison of achievement between UAA and UAF athletics over the
last 10 years. Nerland said, “ it would not be close.
 
Win’s and loses, and GPA overall... not even close. This
 
 
Is probably hard to take in the Golden Heart City. “
 Nerland said that somehow they believe that the AlaskaAirlines Cente
r is also involved in Cobb’s alleged
termination rumor. Cobb was the chief advocatebeginning in 2007 for an on campus facility.
“UA
Statewide leadership was never really engaged in the
idea for this facility…it all came from UAA athletics and
then subsequently Chancellor Fran Ulmer after she was
hired. “ In 2009 , the UA Statewide leadership
recommended to the Board of Regents to NOT supportthe facility, even though there was $15 million in
planning money in hand. “ They wanted the Life Science
Building in Fairbanks as the only priority, said Winchesterreferring to the notes of that December Board of Regentsmeeting which was held in Anchorage. He said, a hugegroup of UAA supporters testified about the importanceto the community including representatives of the
Mayor’s office, the Anchorage Assembly and the Visitors
Bureau.It was voted down 11-0 by the Regents.State Legislative leaders thought otherwise and
ultimately authorized funding for both project’
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