:: Friday, April 28, 2006 ::
Current Thoughts On The NCAA's Ban
The "consensus procedure" that the BoT has been persuing is merely a means to continue the status quo for as long as possible. Once the Chief is retired, he can never be brought back, and so the BoT has a vested interest in delaying that decision for as long as possible. This is why the BoT is so threatened by the NCAA’s actions: now, instead of some uppity students, an outside authority is calling the Chief (and the Board that refuses to retire him) wrong. The NCAA’s actions highlight the university’s “hostile and abusive” mascot like never before, casting the university in a poorer light.
This, combined with the negative consequences to the athletics teams that don’t make money put the BoT in a harder bind. Either they “do the right thing,” retire the Chief, and support the real student athletes who aren’t just profit-makers for the university, or they keep the Chief, screw over the sports teams that don’t rake in the dough, and cultivate local support at the expense of our national and international academic reputation.
(Cross-posted in comments at Illinipundit)
:: The Squire 3:19 PM :: email this post :: ::