CrimsonCast 12.1.16 – The Wilson Era Ends1

CC-Podcast-Logo---Agu-2014Kevin Wilson resigned today. It was important to podcast about it, so here’s Scott and GC talking about the resignation and the bizarre circumstances surrounding it, the Tom Allen hire, and an overview of the Kevin Wilson era.

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  • HeavyB

    Just listened to the podcast and wanted to give my perspective on some aspects I believe are being misunderstood. I am a lawyer who specializes in workplace investigations, and I have a few thoughts on IU situation based on my experience:
    1. I doubt that the law firm concluded that there was “nothing to see here.” Law firms are often retained to investigate potential violations of internal policy or expectations, and not just to investigate legal or regulatory compliance issues. For example, it is entirely possible that Glass set forth a behavioral expectation for Wilson (e.g., treatment of players or staff), and the law firm was retained to investigate whether he met those expectations. It is entirely possible that the law firm concluded that there were no NCAA or medical violations, but still found Wilson’s behavior inconsistent with some standard previously communicated to him.
    2. Reading between the lines, it seems to me that Glass was pleased with Wilson’s actual job “performance,” but that there were “leadership” (i.e., behavioral) concerns prior to or at the time of the contract extension. It seems likely that that those concerns were made clear to Wilson at the time of the extension, and he was made aware of the repercussions of continued leadership failures. It’s possible Wilson had improved in Glass’s eyes and then backslid, or maybe Wilson just did a better job hiding any concerning behavior from the administration until recently.
    3. It’s obvious that Wilson and IU signed a confidentiality agreement that precludes either party from discussing the details of the separation. Glass can’t say anymore than he said, as frustrating as it may be.
    4. As to your question of “why now?”: Again, I doubt that this is a “personality” issue or “philosophical difference.” When Glass talks about “leadership disagreements,” this is likely code for “he’s not meeting expectations I set forth for him.” The expectation could easily be something as simple as treating players and staff with respect. The “why now” is probably because a specific allegation or incident came to light that, if true, couldn’t be ignored. The law firm was called to investigate because something just became known (whatever it is).
    5. At the end of the day, nothing here seems unusual or perplexing from an HR/investigative perspective.