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Moore’s bill for college boosters could be more about helping his career than student athletes.

by Jazmynne Williams

A bill that could lighten the responsibilities for college booster clubs is up for discussion again, and Republican House Speaker Tim Moore could become its greatest benefactor. 

Following the late September announcement that Interim UNC System President Bill Roper would be stepping down from his position at the end of June 2020, rumors about who would become the next president have flown. Of the rumors, one name seems to generate more conversation than others: NC House Speaker Tim Moore. 

Moore has denied interest in the position, but members of the UNC Board of Governors, such as former Chair Harry Smith, said that they believe Moore wants the job.

Within the last few weeks, S144, a bill that has been stripped and replaced with new language reignited conversations about student athlete tuition. Under this bill, UNC System schools would have the option of providing in-state tuition for out-of-state athletes. Though S144 appears to be concerned with the well-being of college athletes, college boosters tasked with raising scholarship money for student athletes are its biggest proponents. This group of boosters happens to have significant overlap with the university trustees and BOG system governors who decide who gets jobs as chancellors or system president.

Within the UNC System, booster clubs at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, and East Carolina University would likely reap the most benefit from this bill as student athletes at these schools compete in more competitive conferences, garnering more money and attention.

With persistent rumors of Tim Moore interest in a university job, the timing of this move backed by the same university boosters that award university leadership contracts seems more than coincidental.

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