Letters to the Editor

Letter: A losing game

December 10, 2013

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To the editor:

Where is the Kansas University leadership today?

Just as former football players are now suing programs for brain damage, KU is hiring a couple of additional high-dollar experts to again help transform the sorry football program after yet another losing season (“Weis hires O-coordinator,” Dec. 8 Journal-World). They want to spend more money on an activity that is guaranteed to harm player-students (while ensuring six- and seven-digit salaries for those involved in managing this slaughter).

They continue to disregard the scientific evidence that demonstrates that regardless of advances in player protection, the brute physical contact of this sport will result in traumatic brain injury (alongside a host of other physical ailments).

They are also indifferent to the economics: Over the past decade, KU has sunk millions into this losing program with meager results at best. The bottom line is that college football has now become antithetical to both academic pursuits and student well-being. KU’s chancellor ought to pronounce that the university will no longer be an accessory to this violence and demand the termination of the university football program.

Comments

Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 8 months ago

College football has been around for 130 years. I enjoy watching both college and pro football. I have no problems with legal hits. No one gets to that level of play without both getting hit and giving a few hits along the way. Of course there are many facets to sports, but it is possible to watch and admire the athletisim and coordination of the players, when a quaterback and wide receiver are in total sync or a receiver and defender and matched evenly. Watching a runner find or make a hole to go though to get that first down and reaching out, out, out to get the ball into the end zone. How about goal line stands that have been awesome? How can you not love football?

"Walter Camp, known as the "Father of American Football", is credited with changing the game from a variation of rugby into a unique sport. Camp, who was a rugby coach, decided to come up with a new set of rules to create a game that was completely different. Camp is responsible for pioneering the play from scrimmage with initially uncontested possession for the team starting with the ball (earlier games featured a rugby scrum where possession was contested) and was also the one who decided that teams should have 4 downs to advance the ball ten yards. Camp was responsible for the eleven-man team.[EBSCOhost 1] Camp also had a hand in popularizing the game. He published numerous articles in publications such as Collier's Weekly and Harper's Weekly, and he chose the first College Football All-America Team."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_football

Walter Camp

Walter Camp by Frankie8

Matthew Herbert 1 year, 8 months ago

At least our opponents are safe- I'm not sure we hit a single one of them all season

Beator 1 year, 8 months ago

The fix is simple for football. Eliminate the battering rams on their heads. The current sophisticated helmets have evolved into a better tool for battering than protecting.

I suggest going back to the Jim Thorpe type leather helmets. These highly protective helmets will not induce players to use their noggins as weapons. They will instinctively protect their heads, instead of thinking their heads are protected and use them as battering rams.

John Graham 1 year, 8 months ago

Remember football also provides scholarships to students that otherwise might not be able to afford college. Most football players obviously go on to other careers that might not have been possible without those scholarships.

Robert Rauktis 1 year, 8 months ago

So…how do they afford the new uniforms and battering rams (see above) every week? They have to be at least as expensive as the assistant AD's and the how-to-hike-the-ball coach. Too bad rugby isn't appreciated, but Camp must've anticipated beer required breaks in the action.

Bob Smith 1 year, 8 months ago

Football is to education as bullfighting is to agriculture.

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