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Found this interesting. Successful football season translates into 17% growth in overall applicants.
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I have read stuff on this subject on different occasions before and it all basically confirms the same thing - athletics matter to an institution. It's surprising that it's still so poorly misunderstood in the mainstream conscience.
That story also notes that they were surprised that higher SAT-scoring people could be swayed as well, but it's perplexing as to why. These applicants aren't robots, and advertising works. The blunt force marketing trauma that a machine like the UT athletic department can inflict on high school kids who watch tv and surf online is profound.
Speaking from experience, I can tell you that even nerds like an excuse to party.
I'll drink to that.
Isn't A&M spending $500,000,000 on renovating their stadium? How many scholarships is that, how many people working on new cancer therapeutics would it help, who and how many are donating that much money? I like college football, but I don't pretend that it's the best thing for the university. This idiot teaches at a school that is known internationally. Why? Because of their academics are some of the best, not their football team. No one would even care what he said if he wasn't at Harvard and at, let's say, Northern Southern Central Middle of No Where State Community College.
Lets face it, it's people like Chung who get the most out of it, other than becoming university president one day. He gets to pretend he's doing research. I can do that too, the girl sitting next to me at the laundry mat is hot. I made an observation, recorded the data and deduced a theory. The people who benefit are the football coaches, other athletes who play a sport no one cares about and higher end university officials. There is a reason why BSU's president has nearly doubled his salary since 2003 and trust me, it has nothing to do with academics. A friend of mine moved a shelf a couple years ago and found a pool of mercury on the floor. The local haz mat team was called and they detected an amount of mercury that was at least 3x the allowed level. There are sinks I couldn't use because it wouldn't deliver hot water or the water was red with rust. On the bright side, the BSU president got paid a lot more.
The State Board of Education has offered Bob Kustra a contract that pushes his salary to $336,410, more than double what he was paid when he was hired in 2003.
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This is not news. High D-I sports is marketing. Apps go up. Money comes in... but it goes mostly to sports, not academics.
That doesn't mean that people who are interested in sports don't give to academics, but they are separate decisions.
“Kansas may wind up number one in these polls, but that would be so unfair to Texas...” -- Len Elmore, 2/13/11
So, Perry's solution to Tezas' enrollment problem is to weaken its football program and take out its president.
When's he up for election again? I'll have to establish residency before then.
Unlike other colleges, the UT Administration is so overwhelmed with applications, that it feels little need for the attraction of football.
Rather than damaging the football program, Perry's UT agenda appears to attack funding for faculty members, a number of whom would like to see football de-emphasized at UT.
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