Quote Of The Day
“NCAA Division I schools prioritize football because it has the potential to bring in money to help finance itself and other programs and, in theory, making a bowl game is a means to that end. But as many [examples] demonstrate, that isn’t a universal truth. Many schools have struggled with bloated athletic budgets to the point that they’ve had to cut sports. The great irony of this is that the football players (up to 125 of them) at these same schools will be allowed under NCAA rules to receive gifts valued at up to $550 from the sponsors of their bowl games. On top of that, the schools themselves are permitted to give gifts of up to $400 to each football player, which means that it is acceptable for up to $118,750 in gifts to be given to a football team for making a postseason game … That max gift amount could cover about 14 percent of the expenses of a typical track and field and cross-country program at one of these institutions.”
– Runner’s World writer Nick Weldon writing about how 20% of the schools spending huge amounts on college football post-season bowls have made cuts to their men’s running programs.