I thought this subject was worthy of it’s own topic, so I started one.
Didn’t want to bog down the BIG TEN expansion topic with it.
I will pick up an mjg post about academics playing an important role in the selection of new BIG TEN schools…
[quote="mjg, post:362, topic:769"]For those that still think this is all about football revenue, think again.
[quote] Among the myths growing in the information vacuum is that this is an athletic issue – all about the TV revenue, right? The reality, Swarbrick said, is that this is being driven much more by the academic side of campus at most schools than by the athletic side. Presidents and chancellors see this as a rare opportunity to change their educational neighborhood and better their universities in the process.
“If there’s anything about this I think is widely misunderstood, it’s the extent to which academic decisions are influencing this,” Swarbrick said. “They sort of underline the very discussion here in a way the general sports fan can’t really appreciate.” [/quote][/quote]
Don’t believe a word of this! I think it is just “image” nice-nice talk. Academics play a part BUT is a small part compared to the MONEY
I just don’t believe Domers in general.
How many times does it have to be said? Money for academic research dwarfs athletic money. It is about the money… for both academics and athletics
It has to be said a lot, IaoDan, because you don’t seem to understand.
Are they talking about expanding the CIC? NO !!! They are talking about expanding the BIG TEN.
I never heard it mentioned, “the CIC wants to add more members to increase research dollars. Lets see which highly acreditted university has a sports program.”
That’s because we are reading the sports pages. But, in fact, I mentioned in this thread that I heard a rumor about the CIC adding more members – Pitt and Carnegie Mellon. Only Pitt would be competing athletically. I realize that what I heard is a rumor and likely wishful thinking from some Pittsburghers. But it is still out there.
Here’s the good word from an economics professor…
He (delany) also has said that academics are a top priority, emphasizing AAU membership as a requirement for Big Ten membership....
…“Of course they’re going to say that,” Smith College economics professor Andrew Zimbalist said of the Big Ten’s repeated emphasis on academics. "What are they going to say? ‘We’re going to prostitute ourselves?’ " If the Big Ten truly valued academics, it would not pick Nebraska, Zimbalist said. He notes the school’s academics aren’t on par with those of Michigan, Illinois and other Big Ten schools.
“What’s happened over the decades, more so in the last two, commercial value has trumped academic value, and that’s decidedly wrong,” he said.