Tina K. Russell

August 13, 2008

College sports excess

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Tina Russell @ 3:00 pm

Editorial – Football Fantasy at Rutgers – Editorial – NYTimes.com
Ever since Rutgers, New Jersey’s largest state university, began its campaign several years ago to become a big-time football power, bad things have happened. Less-glamorous sports teams — tennis, swimming and fencing among them — were downgraded to intramural status to save on the budget, and more and more money has gone to football rather than academics.

This single-minded, ask-no-questions push for football stardom has now reached a crisis, brought to a head by a report in The Star-Ledger of Newark that a campaign to raise $30 million in private contributions for a $102 million, 14,000-seat expansion of the university’s football stadium is on the rocks. Only $2 million has been pledged so far, and Rutgers already has committed itself to borrowing $72 million, leaving it millions short.

Replace Rutgers with the University of Oregon, football with basketball, and rich donors with taxpayers and the editorial still works.

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