Letters to the Editor

Not No. 1

January 5, 2010


To the editor:

Shame on you, Journal-World! The firing and hiring (in that order) of coaches for Kansas University’s mediocre football program is a more important story than the economy (No. 2) or KU’s historic hire of a new chancellor (No. 3)? The economy impacts most folks in Lawrence and Kansas. Dr. Gray-Little will guide the university’s primary mission, which is NOT athletic dominance.

Note that the face-saving buyout of former Coach Mangino cost the equivalent of 30 years of salary for full professors with 15 to 30 years of experience. Yes, I know that money comes from a different pot, but alumni contributions are an important part of KU’s academic endeavors, too. Such a profligate waste of resources is a sin and a shame by any accounting.


Brent Garner 8 years, 4 months ago

Obviously this LTE writer did not get the memo. Mr. Enos fails to understand that college athletics is a big business and requires big business like conduct. Afterall, what do we care whether or not these so-called student athletes can or ever will complete their degrees. Their sole function is to win games and gather glory for the school so that more and more money can be poured into the athletic department and associated entities. Education? What is that? Obviously living in the dark ages aren't you Mr. Enos? (Please note the attempt at sarcasm here.)

Richard Heckler 8 years, 4 months ago

If spending recklessly could buy good football teams why then why don't we hear more about UConn football? Perhaps big money cannot buy football success?

The new football coach said yes to a high dollar salary nothing more nothing less. Then again who wouldn't?

UConn had a decent basketball team.

KU has always had a good basketball program long before big time reckless spending took place.

Oklahoma University has had some history of having both good basketball and football programs which is probably what attracts coaches and players. The same for Texas.

Spending recklessly is no guarantee players will want to come to KU to play football. Neither will the high dollar suites. Neither will a high dollar Grid Iron Club. Suites and clubs are for high dollar local egos who wish not to fratinize with the fans.

anon1958 8 years, 4 months ago

Well the Journal World actually has their priorities in line with their readers by making KU sports the number one priority.

The abysmal editorial page is certainly never going to achieve any significance with the current intellectual resources of the staff. Anyone remember when the Journal World actually published much in the way of investigative reporting?

I think covering sports is about the best that the Journal World is capable of these days. Lucky for them the local population craves sports information the way Hollywood craves cocaine.

uconnfan45 8 years, 4 months ago

UConn football was on ESPN Saturday when they dominated SEC's South Carolina team. 28,000 of the 40,000 seats in UConn's new football stadium are season ticket holders and the majority of those seats come with contributions to the school

Athletic popularity brings money into state schools

UConn's men's basketball coach stated recently that more than $1 million comes to the university from the basketball program

I'm sure that bigger football schools get much more money from their athletic programs to help pay for non-athletic-related salaries, facilities and materials.

Without these money-drawing programs, the schools would be more of a financial burden on taxpayers and students or would have to get-by with less-qualified faculty.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 4 months ago

A more effective way of supporting the supported purpose of state universities (higher education) would be to raise the top rate on income taxes enough to generate however much money gets donated to athletic departments, and then use it for actual educational purposes rather than glitz and games.

But their isn't much ego gratification in that as getting a weightlifting facility or athletic field named after you.

labmonkey 8 years, 4 months ago

Just like bozo to suggest raising taxes....

JustNoticed 8 years, 4 months ago

Right, labmonkey. Forget raising taxes. Eat the rich.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 4 months ago

My point is that contributions to college athletic programs have nothing with supporting higher education.

mr_right_wing 8 years, 4 months ago

..you want more economic news? Subscribe to the Wall Street Journal. This is a local paper, and locally that was big news. Everybody fancies themselves an editor.

notajayhawk 8 years, 4 months ago

labmonkey (Anonymous) says…

"Just like bozo to suggest raising taxes…."

... on someone else.

notajayhawk 8 years, 4 months ago

The_Original_Bob (Anonymous) says…

"Uconn has had a successful program for several years now. They made a bowl this year as they have a few times this past decade."

They won their bowl game last year, too.

You might have heard of the coach of the team they beat.

Maybe if one of merrill's healthcare propaganda sites had a sports section ...

parrothead8 8 years, 4 months ago

merrill (Anonymous) says… If spending recklessly could buy good football teams why then why don't we hear more about UConn football? Perhaps big money cannot buy football success?

UConn football has only been full status Div. I-A for eight years now. During that time, they've gone to four bowls and won three of those. They've also won a Big East title. They've had the same head coach since 1999, and he currently makes $1.3M.

notajayhawk 8 years, 4 months ago

parrothead8 (Anonymous) says…

"UConn football has only been full status Div. I-A for eight years now."

Which they wouldn't be were it not for the big money - about $90M - they spent building a new football stadium, merrill.

(Oh, BTW - they can thank Lew for that.)

leedavid 8 years, 4 months ago

One just needs to look to University of Texas. They spend more money on their sports program than any other university. I think that is the way I read that on Fox News.com just a couple of days ago. The results are obvious, top programs in almost every sport and millions upon millions generated for the school.

Does anyone have a problem with the money KU sports brings in? Or is it just the spending that bothers us?

No one has a problem when money is spent for the Lied Center. Has it paid for itself? I don't know just asking. For the record, I like the Lied Center, just wished it brought in different shows.

misticj 8 years, 4 months ago

Paul I agree. what is the journal world doing articles about college stuff, unless its something really big like one the students found a way people can travel at the speed light I think the college newsletter take care of it.

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