Two contrasting quotes from another have/have-not article on college athletics:
… Regarding fiscal decisions in athletics, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said universities would be best served by sticking to their own missions.
“I think the point here is that each institution has its own place in higher education, and to that extent, it has its own resources, its own areas of interest and emphasis,” Slive said. “One would hope that their focus would be on that as much as trying to be like other institutions.”
I’d settle for hoping that some people would remember what decade they’re living in.
… The escalation of coaching salaries was also a Knight Commission focus. Some reformers want to turn the athletic clock back to the 1950s — or at least the late 1970s — when there were no coaches making million-dollar salaries.
“If you go back several decades, it was quite common that coaches in many instances were considered members of the faculty and their salaries were comparable to other salaries within the university,” said Kirwan, a former president at Ohio State. “…That was true with Woody Hayes’ salary. That was an era that we feel there was a more appropriate balance.”
I keep thinking folks like Kirwan simply have a problem understanding basic economic theory. Then I read quotes like that and realize they have issues that are deeper-seated. Although that makes me wonder even more how these folks ever occupied positions of authority in the first place.