If, dear reader, you feel misinformed regarding the facts of the Benoit Wesly affair, boggled by Podolefsky non-renewal or troubled by the burgeoning boondoggle that threatens the search for the next UCM President, you are most certainly not alone.

It has been suggested that certain individuals within the university community share a common interest and have unduly influenced the recent actions and, indeed, the very composition of the UCM Board of Governors.

We set out to see if there could be any truth to this notion and should report that, at this point, the results are inconclusive.

However, through the course of research, an interesting group of individuals emerged; a group that neatly fell into a line that traced a path from UCM Non-Employee Greg Hassler, directly to UCM Board of Governors President Dick Phillips.

Is this series of relationships meaningful or mere coincidence? You be the judge… 


Greg Hassler

Part-Owner (one of four initial members) of D & H Media, LLC

AM radio attacker of Ronnie Podolefsky and Aaron Podolefsky

An obvious and unequivical Non-Employee of the University of Central Missouri

Married to Carol Hassler

On-Air Personality for the Central Sports Radio Network

After the jump, we Connect the Dots!



Shawn Jones

Associate Athletics Director, External Operations whose duties include the “…awarding of broadcast rights…”

Affilliate Relations Director/Sales Director for the University of Central Missouri Sports Network

The Voice of the Central Sports Radio Network

Host of the KMOS-TV program Sportspage, the producer of which, the aptly named Mr. James Sales, is concurrently employed by KOKO radio

Organizer of the UCM Athletics Auction which, in Shawn’s estimation, has “…has netted $750,000 for UCM Athletics in its eight year history*

*At the 2009 festivities, one could bid in hopes of winning one of five items offered by the single most generous donors of auction items, Ed and Kathy Baker.

For example, last year, some lucky bidder was tempted by this scintillating evening…

Catalog#: 32

Dinner for Eight on October 2, 2009

Enjoy a wonderful dinner at the home of Jerry and Vici Hughes, on Friday evening October 2, 2009.

Dinner for eight will be prepared by the Executive Chef of Churchill’s Restaurant in Columbia.

You will be served by the professional staff of Churchill’s.

You and your friends will be joined for dinner by UCM Board of Governors member Ed Baker and his wife Kathy,

UCM Athletic Director Jerry Hughes and his wife Vici, and Coach Kim and Melissa Anderson.

Cocktail hour begins at 6pm. Enjoy good company and great food.

Courtesy of: Ed & Kathy Baker

As chilling as that event sounds, we morbidly digress…

So, to whom did Shawn award the rights to broadcast UCM Sports?

Carol Hassler

Part-Owner (one of four initial members) of D & H Media, LLC

Married to Greg Hassler

Board of Directors of the UCM Alumni Association

As it happens, Carol sits on the Alumni Board with…

John Culp

Board of Directors of the UCM Alumni Association

UCM Athletics Program Development & Retention Coodinator

What Culp’s professional responsibilities actually entail is anyone’s guess, but clearly he develops and retains someone or something on behalf of the UCM Athletic Department.

Alongside Culp in the Athletic Department Staff Directory, one finds a young man with a familiar name…

John Hicklin

UCM Athletics Academic Advisor

Son of UCM Board of Governors member Walter “Walt” Hicklin

John Hicklin and John Culp both report to UCM’s version of  “King Carl Peterson…”

Jerry Hughes

UCM Athletics Director

Infamously NOT the UCM Vice President of University Advancement

Married to Vici Hughes, who was appointed UCM Director of Alumni Relations and Development in 2004, and shown the door, er reassigned, by UCM President Podolefsky in 2006.