Cal Poly trying to rid Moriarty’s name from football scoreboard

September 1, 2014
Al Moriarty

Al Moriarty

A bankruptcy judge may soon decide whether the scoreboard at Cal Poly’s football stadium will display the name of a convicted felon at upcoming home games. [Tribune]

The university recently filed a motion in bankruptcy court requesting that a judge give the school permission to remove “Moriarty Enterprises” from the football scoreboard. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Sept. 19, which is one day before Cal Poly’s first home football game of the 2014 season.

Former owner of Moriarty Enterprises, Al Moriarty, pleaded guilty last month to seven felonies stemming from a Ponzi scheme he committed. Moriarty’s investors are believed to have lost about $22 million as a result of the scheme.

In 2009, Moriarty paid $625,000 for the naming rights to Cal Poly’s then-new video scoreboard. Since Moriarty later filed for bankruptcy, the naming rights were transferred to a bankruptcy trustee.

Prior to the home opener, Cal Poly would like to replace Moriarty’s name with “#Cal Poly” or “Go Cal Poly,” court documents indicate.


16 Comments

  1. obispan says:

    “#calpoly”, I don’t get it. “Pound Cal Poly” like New Mexico State did Thursday night? Is this some internets thing?

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  2. SuperDave says:

    “Given the caliber of team players on said field, this Court rules the naming rights to the score board, and all future student/player referrals go directly to Ilan Funke-Bilu.”

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    • obispan says:

      I would love to see Ilan’s name up there in place of Moriarty’s. Especially when visiting fans look up and say “What the Funke?”.

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  3. Jon Tatro says:

    You can t predict the person you are doing business with are douchebags but you would think the same morality clause signed by the athletes would be signed by the donors giving them a free out when this type of thing happens. Where are Cal Poly’sattorneys?

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  4. Perspicacious says:

    Hey, wait a minute. Why are they trying to take the name of a criminal off the scoreboard at a stadium played in by criminals? It REALLY fits the place now.

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  5. smiley says:

    Leave Moriarty on the scoreboard but change from Mustangs to Embezzelers

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  6. atasbette says:

    Cal Poly should just return the $625,000 and take off the name. (maybe someone has already said this?) But Cal Poly would never want to give back the money. And that money may help the many folks who were taken by Moriarty.

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    • achillesheal says:

      That’s the remedy that the bankruptcy trustee is seeking. The president of calpoly wrote an article in the tribune about why they don’t believe that is feasible or the correct judgement.

      625k divided by 20 thousand students – they’ll only have to raise fees $30-$40/student to bail themselves out of getting into bed with criminals. Given the thousands of dollars in increases per year, that’s just a drop in the bucket. Of course, the tragedy is that money won’t go directly to administrators pay.

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      • hijinks says:

        Or, rather than charging it to the kids, could get rid of about 4 overpaid administrators who allowed this scam to happen on their watch, and would thus save all the give-back in one year, and be able to REDUCE kids fees in subsequent years.

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        • achillesheal says:

          I think you have a better chance of meeting Jesus Christ than seeing that happen.

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        • wineguyjc says:

          Someone said it here. A field represented by criminals, where criminals play. The recent football team players weren’t the first students and proud alumni from Cal Poly to get busted or get publicly displayed as criminals – Scott Peterson, Corey Pearce, Officer McDow, Officer Limon, that guy who worked at the City of SLO Utilities Department that lied to unsuspecting residents to pay for services he was paid to do for the City. The baseball player who got busted for felony manslaughter in Hawaii a few years back. That Monn character in Paso Robles who just got busted for molesting a child. I wonder if all these characters took an ethics class from the local Cal Poly professor that doubles as a city councilmember.

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        • obispan says:

          You would only need to get rid of two. And after only one year you’d be putting that back into education in perpetuity.

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  7. achillesheal says:

    “In this era.of corporate crime and personal greed, who can you trust”, oh how I miss those commercials from big al.

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  8. Rawhide says:

    Ponzi scheme criminals Kelly Gearhart and Al Moriarty two peas in a pod.

    Wondering were Ex-Correctional Officer Kelly Gearhart is today?

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  9. tomsquawk says:

    the naming rights are ad space and have value. the BK judge will sell them tot he highest bidder for the benefit of the victims.

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