URI Says Nonprofit Drained Resources

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The president of the University of Rhode Island says the school's 26-year partnership with a sports nonprofit facing a police probe was a drain on university resources that could have been better spent elsewhere than on the ill-fated collaboration that faced financial difficulties from the start.

President David M. Dooley said in an interview with The Associated Press that URI was not as aggressive as it should have been in protecting the university's interests in its dealings with the Institute for International Sport.

The institute has its office on URI's campus and was allowed to use the school's payroll system to pay its executive director and founder Daniel E. Doyle Jr. Institute staff and Doyle were not university employees.

Dooley said URI was too tolerant of "behavior that was problematic" and said it was a mistake to let the institute use the school's payroll system.

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