Oregon Football 2000....
'95 was "The Original"... Inspired by a great season and the thrill that the
Cotton Bowl had selected the DUCKS over the UW Huskies as participants.
Back-2-Back! Rose Bowl then Cotton Bowl. The 2000 version was "It's Gotta Be The Shoes!"
written just before and sang at the Wisconsin game...smile.
There was a minor Shoe controversy there that
ultimately ended up with the Badgers on a five year probation.
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video of the rehearsal for the original 1995 and a downloadable version of the intro and full song
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SCANDAL ALL BUT BEHIND BADGERS UW WILL COME OFF PROBATION FOR THE SHOE BOX AFFAIR TUESDAY.
October 01, 2006 12:00 am
For as long as Barry Alvarez has been
University of Wisconsin athletic director, the same item
has led off his start-of-the-school-year presentation to
coaches and staffers.
Alvarez tells them the school is on NCAA
probation stemming from the mess known as The Shoe Box
affair in 2001.
"That's the first thing we bring up,"
Alvarez said, "reminding them where we are and that we
have to stay on top of things."
UW was placed on NCAA probation for five
years on Oct.2, 2001. The punishment stems from rules
violations relating to extra benefits, recruiting
inducements and the school's failure to monitor the
An internal investigation, triggered by
a series of stories in the Wisconsin State Journal, found
The Shoe Box, a shoe store located 25 miles from Madison
in Black Earth, gave impermissible discounts and lines of
credit to UW student-athletes from 1993 to 2000.
After self-reporting the violations to
the NCAA, UW officials enacted a series of corrective
measures, including reprimands for administrators and
coaches, reductions in scholarships for football and men's
basketball, hiring additional compliance personnel,
implementing educational programs and paying a $150,000
fine to the NCAA. In all, 31 UW student-athletes were
suspended for varying periods of time.
The NCAA approved those actions, but
took more scholarships away and instituted a probationary
period of five years because The Shoe Box case was the
third instance of major violations at the school in eight
As much emphasis as Alvarez has put on
that dark period since he took over as AD in 2004 -- he
replaced the retiring Pat Richter -- Alvarez said there
will be no fuss made Tuesday when the five-year
probationary period officially ends.
"To me it's not going to be a red-letter
day," Alvarez said last week. "When you really think about
it it's a relief that you don't have it hanging over your
head. But life goes on and life has gone on. We've lived
with it. Now we'll live without it."\
From 2001 to
To some at UW, the whole
scenario seems like yesterday. That includes
Katie Smith, a compliance officer with the
Athletic Department who cut short her
honeymoon to assist then-compliance director
But many are understandably oblivious.
Only eight of the 20 UW head coaches who were on hand in
2001 remain. Alvarez, who was the UW football coach from
1990 to 2005, senior associate athletic director Vince
Sweeney and associate AD Terry Gawlik are the only
John Wiley was installed as UW
chancellor just as The Shoe Box violations were coming to
light. Since then he has made a point of meeting with
every Badgers team when school starts to tell them of
their responsibilities. When he has brought up the
"embarrassing" scandal, he has noticed a lot of blank
"Most of them hardly know what The Shoe Box is," Wiley
In the process of explaining what
happened, Wiley tells student-athletes they have an
"Being on probation was painful and
expensive and we don't want to be there again," Wiley
said. "They all have a responsibility to pay close
attention when their coaches talk to them about NCAA
As mandated by the NCAA, The Shoe Box
and Rookies, a nearby sports bar also owned by Steve
Schmitt, will continue to be off-limits to UW employees
and student-athletes through at least 2008.
Two of the most important changes in the
Athletic Department brought on by The Shoe Box affair are
the expansion of the compliance staff -- four full-time
staffers instead of two -- and a comprehensive booster
"What we're left with is a much better
compliance system (and) hopefully a much higher level of
vigilance," Wiley said.\
In-house cleanup crew
Before Steve Waterfield became the UW
assistant athletic director for compliance two years ago,
he worked on the compliance staff at Ohio State. He was
well aware of the approaching anniversary because he is
responsible for filing annual compliance reports with the
"I knew it was coming up," Waterfield
said of the end date. "But nothing changes in our
Technically, the only thing that will
change for UW when its probation ends is it won't be
subject to the repeat offenders rules. Waterfield said
there are no major NCAA violations on his radar and all
provisions outlined by the NCAA five years ago have been
Alvarez said he takes great comfort from
knowing Waterfield and his compliance staff -- Smith, Joel
Ott and Benji Wilber -- have things under control.
"He's been unbelievable," Alvarez said
of Waterfield. "That's a hard job because coaches think
there's a policeman in-house and no one trusts him. But
you know what? He's our protector. He's so thorough and
good. I think everybody recognizes how valuable he is."
Alvarez said the greatest
consequence of The Shoe Box scandal was how
it affected the institution.
"You always worry about
the reputation of the school," he said.
"Selfishly, at the time, you worry about how
it affects your recruiting and how you're
perceived. What you have done, in a very
competitive world, you've given someone an
edge on you."
According to the NCAA Web
site, UW is one of 19 Division I-A schools
on probation. Curiously, three other Big Ten
Conference schools are scheduled to have
their NCAA probation end in the coming
weeks: Illinois (one year, football) and
Minnesota (four years, women's basketball;
six years, men's basketball) are done Oct.
6; Michigan (four years, men's basketball)
is done Nov. 6.
Meanwhile, Ohio State
(three years, football, men's basketball,
women's basketball) is on probation until
March 8, 2009 and the NCAA is investigating
potential major violations in the men's
swimming program at Iowa.
"No one likes the stigma
attached to them that you're on probation,
that you're doing things wrong," Alvarez
Soon, that won't be the case for UW.
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Across the land on radio.
The game is heard for miles
Around on weekends.
We hear the Ducks make many plays,
Exciting and much more.
Don't we all remember...
"Kenny Wheaton's gonna score!"
The first game was Nevada
Victory numbr one.
Now it is Wisconsin
And they'll soon be done.
Harrington to Howry, tell you
What they're gonna do...
They're gonna have some fun
In front of all of you!
And don't forget the running game
'Cause Mo has paid his dues.
He makes it look so easy
And "It's gotta be the shoes!"
Runniing up and down the field
He takes it all in stride...
There ain't no discounts or
Anything else to hide!
|A.J. Feely makes the
Dance and sing.
Hitting Peele and Tucker
In the tightest seem.
Forster, Gundy, Finzer
What an o-line dream.
Patu, Smith, and Bauman
Great defensive scheme.
And when it's done, we'll
All be saying, "2 and OH."
Whoda thunk the team
Would be the U of O.
We're on our way, UCLA,
It's Autzen once again.
We'll end September 5 and 0
With our Fusky friends.
Now Duck Football's
Heard 'round the world
From England to Japan.
We've gained respect
- and by the way that was the plan.
The story isn't over
And you know what we mean.
It's just the beginning
For Oregon Football...
From in Eu-gene
What a team!