just curious, how do you view this as any different than what we have today? while the BCS has had 10 different champs in 13 years, the names are all the same:
Miami, tOSU, USC-w, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, FSU...
it's not like today's setup is allowing new schools to break into the championship ranks.
just playing devil's advocate, i don't necessarily agree or disagree with your point, i just find it interesting.
"This no more resembles that than something unlike something else resembles that." - Loosely quoting PHNC
If we go down this path, the participating schools in the NCAA will have dug their own graves.
"I love it when you guys try to write off a Frank Beamer team -- no one is going to win this conference without Virginia Tech having some sort of say in it." - David Cutcliffe
One question...is it money well spent? With how many colleges losing money on athletics and what not or at least deep in debt, is it worth it? I realize that some of that money wouldn't be given to them if there was no athletics but how much 'worse' off would schools be if they concentrated on academics?
I've seen studies both ways that it helps a school and that it doesn't so...the studies seem to be inconclusive.
My question though is when did the mission of a University become to have or sponsor sports programs? As I read about kids who have no business being at a university (or even have a HS diploma) I have to wonder if the love/lust for money and fame is overshadowing what the true meaning of a higher education is about? Have I become Charlie Brown searching for the true meaning of Christmas? I don't know.
I've lived all over the world and the only place I have seen people think about how important a sports team is to a university is the US. My european friends are completely baffled. They don't see the connection between the two and don't really care about it. Then again, they have sports academies as minor leagues for their sports.
Cast off the shoes and follow the gourd!
In term of intercollegiate competition, you have to keep in mind that competition between schools is a part of the American culture. Look at high school competition. Is that really any different than competition between colleges? What about competition between middle schools? Heck even the community rec leagues will assign participants to certain teams based on where they live or what elementary school they attend. How is that any different than 2 colleges agreeing to compete against each other? If intercollegiate athletic competition should go away because the mission of the school is to educate its students, then shouldn't that apply to high school and middle school competition too? It would surprise you how some people take high school and middle school athletic competition as "seriously" as some people take intercollegiate athletic competition. Granted the amount of money flowing is not the same, but some (maybe most) high schools depend on the revenue from football and basketball to help pay for the other sports they sponsor. I do not believe middle schools are as depended on earning revenue from sports, although I had to pay $10 in order to attend a middle school basketball game.
nah....I'm talking about "legit" money from their grant-in-aid...not illegal stuff. Meal money when all meals are taken care of. Book money well above the cost of books, if they buy any books to begin with (guessing lots of books are avail. through academic support channels). Housing monies well above the cost of housing. Per diems when traveling to road games, per diems for bowls. These dudes get fairly substantial (at least by average college student standards) cash in hand on a very regular basis.
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The per deims they get when they travel and even play at home also add up.
Here's a CT article from a couple years ago written by a VT football player: