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Wall Street Journal: Why College Football should be banned
Posted by volfan30 on 5/6 at 2:52 pm
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In more than 20 years I've spent studying the issue, I have yet to hear a convincing argument that college football has anything do with what is presumably the primary purpose of higher education: academics.

That's because college football has no academic purpose. Which is why it needs to be banned. A radical solution, yes. But necessary in today's times.





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Posted by TN Bhoy on 5/6 at 2:53 pm to volfan30
Wall Street Journal hates LSU


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Posted by Bottom9 on 5/6 at 2:58 pm to volfan30



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Posted by ProjectP2294 on 5/6 at 3:00 pm to volfan30
Buzz Bissinger is fricking douche. No one would know who the frick he is without football.


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Posted by The Boat on 5/6 at 3:03 pm to volfan30
I will ban him from life.


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Posted by GeauxTigersLee on 5/6 at 3:07 pm to volfan30
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has anything do with what is presumably the primary purpose of higher education: academics.
guess we should ban all sports and support the math club.

Sounds like someone who wasn't able to make the team in high school and has been bitter since.



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Posted by usc6158 on 5/6 at 3:09 pm to volfan30
Bissinger is a great writer. Too bad he's such a tool


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Posted by diddydirtyAubie on 5/6 at 3:09 pm to volfan30
So this guy would rather have guys not go to college at all rather than have guys play football and have a shitty major?

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Posted by Gmorgan4982 on 5/6 at 3:37 pm to volfan30
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the primary purpose of higher education: academics.
The real primary purpose of higher education: $$$$$$$$$$$$$



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Posted by Zamoro10 on 5/6 at 3:41 pm to volfan30
Malcolm Gladwell has joined the chorus and they will be debating that college football should be banned.

How different are dogfighting and football?

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Posted by ohiovol on 5/6 at 3:42 pm to volfan30
If college football were to be banned, that would leave one real money making sport in schools, and that's a sport where a lot of schools actually lose money. Does anyone think that if college football ever goes away (due to head injuries/other issues), that many universities may just say frick it to college sports altogether?


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Posted by Zamoro10 on 5/6 at 3:43 pm to ohiovol
Banning football would be one way to end Title IX...well, all sports on a college campus.


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Posted by SlowFlowPro on 5/6 at 3:43 pm to ohiovol
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that many universities may just say frick it to college sports altogether?

i think that is the end goal for this niche



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Posted by Tiger1242 on 5/6 at 3:44 pm to ohiovol
Without college football, many schools, including LSU, are a lot less successful academically, bc nobody wants to go there


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Posted by ohiovol on 5/6 at 3:45 pm to volfan30
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The average student gets nothing from football programs that remain sacrosanct despite tuition increases.


Ask the average student at a major school if they want those football programs to go away.



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Posted by bobbyray21 on 5/6 at 3:45 pm to Zamoro10
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Malcolm Gladwell has joined the chorus and they will be debating that college football should be banned.

How different are dogfighting and football?


Gladwell is a smart man who will present a reasoned opinion. You may disagree with his arguments, but they won't be silly, they won't be unsupported, and they won't be nonsense. I'm not sure I've ever heard Gladwell say something that I would characterize as abjectly stupid.



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Posted by bobbyray21 on 5/6 at 3:47 pm to ohiovol
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If college football were to be banned, that would leave one real money making sport in schools, and that's a sport where a lot of schools actually lose money. Does anyone think that if college football ever goes away (due to head injuries/other issues), that many universities may just say frick it to college sports altogether?


Their hand would be forced. You've got Title IX on one hand, and then you've got no cash flow on the other. So, yeah, they might just say "frick it, we'll have intramural sports".



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Posted by ohiovol on 5/6 at 3:48 pm to bobbyray21
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Their hand would be forced. You've got Title IX on one hand, and then you've got no cash flow on the other. So, yeah, they might just say "frick it, we'll have intramural sports".


Agreed. Why would schools that lose money on basketball bother keeping women's field hockey afloat? Seems easier to cut all those scholarships and to not waste money on facilities, coaches, and other expenses.



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