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Will Winning Football Games Make a University Stronger Academically?


Replies to: Will Winning Football Games Make a University Stronger Academically?

  • Gator88NEGator88NE Registered User Posts: 6,215 Senior Member
    edited September 2014
    An interesting report on "The Sports Imperative in America’s Research Universities".

    Our perspective here is to neither celebrate nor muckrake the intercollegiate athletic enterprise but rather to understand the organization and operation of intercollegiate sports and assess their likely value for institutions with superior records of research and academic performance.
    Instead, the media show the sports programs, the student-athletes, the coaches, the stadium expansions, the errors of commission and omission in sports management. This is the return on investment in college sports. While there is some benefit in terms of student recruitment and alumni interest that may lead to fund-raising opportunities, these do not justify the expense. The attention, the image, the media, and the university brand promotion provide the best justification for whatever investment in sports the university must make.
  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan Registered User Posts: 11,754 Senior Member

    You also need spectators for big time sports.

    Other countries may not care to watch college students (usually not the best athletes in a sport) play that much. In Latin America, several soccer clubs started as college teams but then spun off and professionalized. Something like the NCAA is strange and unique. College sports clubs in other countries usually had to make the choice to either go big time and join a professional league or stay small.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,077 Forum Champion
    edited September 2014
    The combination of big time sports and higher education is quite strange -- that combo does not exist in any country except the U.S.

    So what? We are the education leaders. Everyone wants to go to school here. We don't need to follow other countries' examples.

    Sports and education have become part of our culture....and we're not changing.

  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan Registered User Posts: 11,754 Senior Member
    LOL. Personally, I like the diversity. I like the fact that there are schools like CalTech/WashU/UChicago where sports aren't emphasized and there are schools (of all sorts) where it is. More choices for everyone to find a school that is a good fit for them.
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