Study: Colleges and universities siphoning big money away from academics to pay for college athletics

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  • CBAX Provo, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    Lets be honest

    You 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.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    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?

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 10:39 a.m.

    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.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 10:44 p.m.

    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 fill quotas.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 17, 2013 3:18 p.m.

    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.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    No way. Really? Wow that is so shocking. I bet that no one else thought this happens!