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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1993 - Sports. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 17, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19121/show/18991.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1993 - Sports. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19121/show/18991

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Transcript Bill Carr, the new Ath letic Director for the University of Houston, built a reputation for dealing with problems. When he took the job in April, allegations of impropriety were swirling around the football coach, a new basketball coach had just been hired, and the athletic department was comingunder heavy fire for lack of student and alumni interest and low rates of graduation for its athletes. Carr's problem solving abilities would be well tested here. Carr, who prided himself onbeing agood listener, didn't run away from Florida's problems. "I stayed in Florida until the problem was resolved," said Carr. "Just before I left we received notice that our probation was lifted." Steve Hatchell, the new commissioner of the Southwest Conference, had known Carr for many years. "There is nothing you can throw up at him that he doesn't have experience with," said Hatchell. "He's a decision maker. This is a perfect fit." of other major learning institutions being in the entertainment business, but Carr felt that the program had something to offer the university. "We have a vital role in enhancing the quality of the students experince, not just the student-athletes, but the students and the faculty and staff. A well- run athletic department can provide incredible dimension to a university's life, in terms of pride, emotional identification, public image, fund-raising, all of those things," he said. "It's not why the university is here. But we can be a major able state. Carr's decision to hire new football coach Kim Helton might have helped the situation. "Kim Helton is a strong personality, a very take-charge guy I think that that's what the program needs," said Carr. "He will demand, if you will, that the level of expectations be raised and I think that is something all of us in the athletic program has to get used to. We have to more as administrators, coaches, student-athletes and our boosters and alumni." Carr was willing to do the work and the hand-shak- Problem-Solving Ability New Athletic Director Bill Carr inherits many problems The athletic director's position was left vacant after Rudy Davolos left for New Mexico State University in November 1992. Carr worked as athletic director at Florida from 1979-1986 while the Gators were placed on probation for football violations. * i L > r ^kJ^ ^ "There aren'tmanyprob- lems we haven't dealt with," Carr said. "I want the football program, and all our others run with integrity and class. Emphasizing that point, there was a stack of bookmarks on his desk with a new slogan, Cougar Pride-Character, Commitment, Class. The new slogan could have been applied to just about all aspects of the renewed athletic department. The commitment to student-athletes, the operation of the athletic department, and the image that Cougar athletics would present to the general public. "We have to be the kind of people who display those qualities," said Carr. "We have to be worthy of that investment, by the students who pay their stu- dentservicefeedollars,byalumni and boosters with their purchase of season tickets and donations, we have to earn that. It's not a birthright." There were many critics of our athletic department, and part of what's going on. We're going to be close to the student body, and be worthy for the support of the students." Carr already pointed out two of the departments greatest challenges, revenue and graduation rates. He was working hard on the former, having sponsored several fund-raising events with alumni, boosters and staff, as well as important people in the community. Graduation rates, though, would take time. "Our graduation rate, should be no less than 70 percent in any sport. Our target is 100 percent, but we can't be satisfied with 20 percent, that's just atrocious. It won't stay at that level." "We want to recruit students who can graduate. They have to be capable of getting it done. We have to be more selective, but its just going to take time." The whole department, as well as the university community, had to work hard to return the program to a respect ing, necessary to get the athletic department moving. Carr seemed to be happy to try to work out the problems. "There was three reasons I wanted to come to the University of Houston. One was the city of Houston. Two was the gift from the Moores, which will make that (new athletic) facility a given-the money is in the bank. The third reason was that Dr. Pickering is a good man who supports athletics." Carr worked on cementing relationships needed to make the connections that would allow the athletic department be self-sufficient and provide support to the university. "There are great resources available to us in Houston. We're surrounded by people, and expertise, energy and by money. All those things are necessary to move our program ahead. We just have to put it all together." -Michael Edwards 172%%% Sports Bill Carr 173