News that LSU’s football program will prevent the university’s financial collapse is encouraging and embarrassing all at once.
The school will get $36 million over the next five years from the Athletic Department to offset some of the draconian budget cuts imposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and state legislators.
But what does it say about our priorities when the football team is better off than its university?
Sure, this is wonderful for LSU students. The school survives, barely.
But what about all the college students in Louisiana who attend schools without profitable football programs? Their budgets have also been slashed.(Jindal has cut funding to higher education by almost half a billion dollars.) Classes cancelled, faculty laid off, maintenance postponed. Where do they turn for help?
While we celebrate LSU’s good fortune, let’s at least take a moment to consider the tens of thousands of students — and future students — across the state who deserve a decent education far more than they need a winning football team.
If we’ve reached a point where the only way our universities survive is on the success of our football programs, what do we really have to brag about?
As much as I love LSU football, shouldn’t our state’s flagship university be a great school with a football team — and not the other way around?
- The Real Heartbreak of LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu Saga (bobmannblog.com)