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.