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    New York Times: "How Big-Time Sports Ate College Life"

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    The backlash against the present collegiate sports landscape continues to pick up momentum. The NYTimes takes some pretty big swings at the pernicious influence of college sports on their universities. A few facts from the article (its long but well worth reading):

    - between 1985 and 2010, average salaries at public universities rose 32 percent for full professors, 90 percent for presidents and 650 percent for football coaches.

    - the 10 highest-spending athletic departments spent a median of $98 million in 2009, compared with $69 million just four years earlier. Spending on high-profile sports grew at double to triple the pace of that on academics. For example, Big Ten colleges, including Penn State, spent a median of $111,620 per athlete on athletics and $18,406 per student on academics.

    - only about half of big-time programs end up in the black; many others have to draw from student fees or the general fund to cover expenses.

    - “Here is evidence that suggests that when your football team does well, grades suffer,” said Dr. Waddell, who compared transcripts of over 29,700 students from 1999 to 2007 against Oregon’s win-loss record. For every three games won, grade-point average for men dropped 0.02, widening the G.P.A. gender gap by 9 percent. Women’s grades didn’t suffer. In a separate survey of 183 students, the success of the Ducks also seemed to cause slacking off: students reported studying less (24 percent of men, 9 percent of women), consuming more alcohol (28 percent, 20 percent) and partying more (47 percent, 28 percent).

    - Library patrons at universities with teams in the [NCAA] tournament viewed 6 percent fewer articles a day as long as their team was in contention. When a team won an upset or close game, article access fell 19 percent the day after the victory. Neither dip was made up later with increased downloads.

    - In the last 10 years, the number of college football and basketball games on ESPN channels rose to 1,320 from 491. This doesn’t include games shown by competitors: the Big 10 Network, Fox, CBS/Turner, Versus and NBC.

    - Universities are increasingly canceling school before big games. Even Boston College bowed, canceling afternoon classes because the football game against Florida State was on ESPN at 8 p.m

    - When Kirk Kluver, assistant dean for admissions at Nebraska’s College of Law, set up his information table at recruiting fairs last year, a student in Minnesota let him know he would “check out Nebraska now that you are part of the Big 10.” He got the same reaction in Arizona. Mr. Kluver said applications last fall were up 20 percent, while law school applications nationally fell 10 percent.

    - “We no longer determine at what time we will play our games, because they are scheduled by TV executives,” - Duke Officials


    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/ed...e.html?_r=1&hp
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    I read that article earlier this morning. Pretty interesting.

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    I got a good laugh out of the Duke Official's comment. Duke's TV contract may force it to play at certain times, but Duke will usually play at the best times possible because they are Duke. When the Lobos are in such a contract, the Lobos are forced to go up against the Sham-Wow commercial. I *wish* the TV networks forced us to play on national TV at the times Duke plays. But I guess every school wants to control its own games, even when not having control means it still gets the best TV times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigolobo View Post
    - “Here is evidence that suggests that when your football team does well, grades suffer,” said Dr. Waddell, who compared transcripts of over 29,700 students from 1999 to 2007 against Oregon’s win-loss record. For every three games won, grade-point average for men dropped 0.02, widening the G.P.A. gender gap by 9 percent. Women’s grades didn’t suffer. In a separate survey of 183 students, the success of the Ducks also seemed to cause slacking off: students reported studying less (24 percent of men, 9 percent of women), consuming more alcohol (28 percent, 20 percent) and partying more (47 percent, 28 percent).
    If we would have kept Locks a while longer, UNM would be in the Ivy League.






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