Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I Hate College Sports

It's not just the corruption, or the vast scale of the corruption, or how invasive and pervasive, or even how everybody knows just how corrupt it is but still lets it happen, That's not why i hate college sports.

I hate college sports because everybody lets it happen because they just want their team to win. They're afraid if they do it right, if they do it the way it's supposed to be, they won't be able to compete and win.

It's the only reason I can think of. If people suspected there was academic corruption at just a small fraction of what goes on in collegiate sports, they'd call for a complete overhaul of the system.

What they don't realize is that corruption in sports almost guarantees corruption in academics. If a school admits an unqualified student so they can play sports, that's academic corruption. If a school "arranges" for athletes to pass their classes so they're eligible to play, that's academic corruption.

Go to your average college campus. Compare the facilities and budget they have for sports to the facilities and budget they have for the arts and letters. Compare the cost and age of the football stadium to the cost and age of the library. Worse than that, compare the number of people who go through the stadium to the number of people who go through the library. Now, tell me if you think corruption in sports doesn't lead to a corruption in academics.

You might say "it's boosters and donors who pay for the stadium", and that's probably true, but all that tells me is the people who support the school are more concerned with the football team then they are the academic life of the college.

If we allow the popularity of college sports to overshadow the academic life of the school, then we're contributing to the corruption, not only in sports, but corruption of the academic program as well. We shouldn't even be talking about the academic program vs. the sports program. Sports is an extra-curricular activity. It's supposed to be something you do in your spare time, with spare money, not become the life of the college.

I don't think you can repair college sports. Since the end of World War II, it's just gotten worse and worse and we're at the point now where the only way we can possibly change the trend is by shutting the whole thing down for a few years and starting over from scratch.

As a governing body, the NCAA is a joke. It should be shut down and it's members tried for misappropriation of public funds.

The American academy from Junior High all the way through Graduate school is rotten and corrupt and it's only going to get worse until we decide to put a stop to it and I can't think of a better place to start than with the most corrupt part of the whole system, and that's sports.

1 comment:

Bowcatz said...

Well, you know it's an "international incident" when a college football coach gets arrested.

Snicker. Snicker.