Lets be honestYou can't be a proponent of women's sports
AND be opposed to black holes that money is dumped down. Before you
get all up in arms about it, at least football and basketball pay back some of
what they cost.
Public colleges and universities are part of that "black hole" that we
dump money down, mostly because people who think they're smart tell us we
must.Any halfway decent money manager could probably cut their
budgets 25% and still get the same number of graduates and the same quality of
education.Wouldn't it be fun to tie the professors'
salaries to some type of proficiency test for graduates?
Lots of us enjoy college extramural sports, myself included, but the situation
has really gotten out of hand and I think it's likely that the best thing
is to divorce extramural sports from universities and begin allowing players to
be compensated in normal ways. Continuing to proclaim the ideal of
NCAA amateurism starts to look farcical when coaches get multimillion dollar
salaries while players are barred from getting most forms of compensation for
their work.Continuing to proclaim the ideal of NCAA scholarship
starts to look farcical when funds and administrator attention are diverted from
academics to athletics and players have extensive shepherding and all too often
shadier forms of 'help' to try to keep them from flunking out and keep
graduation rates up.If you search the web for 'headbrick
SMBC' you will find some incisive commentary on the situation.
Let's don't end the story here: how much of the athletic budget is
being spent to stay in good graces with Washington, DC and Title IX. You
remember how there used to be men's teams in a number of sports that are do
not exist at a university, or are funded as a "club". In their place are
women's sports that are played to audiences of mostly empty seats. (There
are rare exceptions, of course.) A thorough investigation will uncover a number
of schools and sports programs that have offered full ride scholarships to
female student/athletes whose skill levels were hardly high school level just to
And we have people thinking we need more funding. We have too many spenders in
education.Are there any reasons why three schools can't share
one football field, or other facilities? Rice stadium could be used by some
high schools too. Hmm? Why not? There are so many possibilities that can be
used, if we would just get out of the box.
No way. Really? Wow that is so shocking. I bet that no one else thought this