Nine wise men

Before you get all interested in Andy Staples’ piece on what nine college presidents, including our beloved Michael Adams, are looking for in college football’s brave new postseason, make sure you read this first.

In short, three out of four Division I presidents (122 of whom were among the respondents) believe that their colleagues as a group are not in control of intercollegiate athletics. But two-thirds of them believe that the scandals that rocked the NCAA in 2011 — from Ohio State to Penn State to Miami to North Carolina — could not happen on their campus.

Seven out of 10 Division I presidents believe that “colleges and universities spend way too much on their intercollegiate programs.” But only 34.2 percent of them believe that their own institution spends way too much.

These guys sound as clueless as voters talking about Congress – it’s always the other guy’s representative who’s got things going to hell in a hand basket.  Except these are the people who are supposedly in charge themselves.  And how cynical is this?

In fact, significant change may not exist, which brings up the most dispiriting finding of the survey. When presented with the statement, “The NCAA’s reform proposals for college athletics are likely to achieve meaningful success,” 68 percent of the Division I presidents who said they approved the reforms disagreed.

If the presidents think that their fixes aren’t going to fix anything, aren’t they wasting everyone’s time?

Enjoy your playoff, fellas.


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9 responses to “Nine wise men

  1. Chopdawg

    I will, thanks.

    I’ll enjoy it even more if it’s a meaningful playoff, meaning at least 8 teams participate.


  2. Scorpio Jones, III

    So these shmagegees (yeah, I know) spend too much of their respective university’s money on athletics….huh. So does anybody know how much President Adams spent on athletics at Georgia….say last year?

    Oh….wait, there are the campus cops who do such meaningful work policing scooter activity…guess them boys really make good money.

    None of this surprises me, I have read Gordon Gee.


  3. Cojones

    Oh, no. I just had a flash of Mel at The Last Supper.


  4. wnc dawg

    Ha. This reminds me of a survey my sister (a drug rep) told me about: 90% of Drs believed colleagues were influenced by pharmaceutical company swag, but only 10% of Drs thought they were individually impacted.

    That’s rather perfect.


  5. Mayor of Dawgtown

    I wonder how Mike Adams voted given his self-induced Harrick problem?


  6. AusDawg85

    And in related news, a group of professors from D1 schools are campaigning Congress to have CFB fall under an anti-trust exemption, so universities could then “control and cap” the salaries of coaches.

    Elsewhere, tenure and run-away inflation of the cost of education continue to be preserved.

    Pot meets kettle….


  7. Enjoy your playoff, fellas.

    Will do.


  8. Chadwick

    Good grief, is there a bigger group of morons, outside of DC, in control of the golden goose? These guys and girls could not fucking run a lemonade stand. Traditional college football, as I watched and loved since 1971, is on death row.