Story and By Ken Krayeske • 2:00 PM EST
In trying to convince himself of the narcissistic myth that the grass is greener in Illinois, outgoing UConn President Michael Hogan wrote the UConn community a perfunctory e-mail Wednesday morning, May 12 informing us that he is leaving us.
Boo hoo. I feel an academic duty to deconstruct and translate:
Hogan: I write to you today to let you know that I’ve decided to accept an appointment as president of the University of Illinois. My resignation will become effective June 30 and I’ll assume my new position in Illinois in July.
Translation: Later swamp yankees. Hogan has gotten a promotion, as the University of Illinois is an institution twice or more the size of UConn. The land of Lincoln may be one of the few places in America more corrupt than Husky Nation. Hogan will fit in perfectly there.
Hogan sent out this comminque at 9:42 a.m., Wednesday, May 12. Too bad that many of us learned of his resignation Tuesday night from online news reports.
In fact, word of Hogan’s departure took many Nutmeggers by surprise, including Governor M. Jodi Rell, according to some news reports.
Had Hogan broken the news to the UConn community yesterday afternoon, his words might have sounded sincere. But now, his hollow note is damage control.
Hogan: This was a very unexpected development in my life, and was not an easy decision to make.
Translation: the BS meter goes a little crazy here. Not sure if the University of Illinois recruited him or he reached out to them.
But he has known about this for some time. Given his “move on” job history, perhaps he has been dreaming of leaving since the minute he stepped on campus.
He had to apply to Illinois secretly because he had to pretend he liked it here to keep the peace. If he said he was job-hunting, the legislature would never have approved the cash for the hospital.