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11-09-2011, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by MayDay View Post
Sure. Debates over proper compensation for graduate and postdoctoral researchers are valid, and often had.

But research, even applied research funded by government grants or corporate funding, is intellectual work, and therefore falls under the purview of a university. Football is not.

Sports are fine, in and of themselves, but they are by definition extracurricular activities. Things done in addition to the basic functions of a university. They are not essential, and certainly not the main purpose and reason for a university's existence, even though it seems like that in some places.
Going to Universities isn't all about "learning" by way of textbooks and research papers. Sports offers a lot in terms of learning life. You're focused on the high end programs in both Football and Basketball.... which probably includes under 100 colleges combined for both Sports...which is a small percentage when it comes to the overall picture.

The athletes that rake in the millions to the Colleges are taken care of ... They attend great schools for free.... what they choose to do with that education is up to them.

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