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Subject: Re: Northwestern- An Alternative Model to the Ivy League

Son of Eli
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Date Posted: 20:07:25 12/30/17 Sat
In reply to: Son of Eli 's message, "Re: Northwestern- An Alternative Model to the Ivy League" on 14:08:22 12/30/17 Sat

The wrong direction is playing in front of 90% empty stadiums in a state of irrelevancy. The right direction is avoiding that while still having a top 10 rated academic institution with high athlete graduation rates. Stanford, Duke and Northwestern are heading in the right direction. The Ivy League is the one heading in the wrong direction and has been for the last 70 years.

It's a question of balance. Stanford, Duke, Northwestern and many other schools have found a way to balance nationally competive sports programs with top notch academics. The Ivy League chose a far more radical path, especially in regards to football. A path that no other Division I league has choosen to follow. Of course it sounds good to say to oneself that we are purer, but saying it doesn't make it so.

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Boston Lion
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Date Posted: 23:21:49 12/30/17 Sat

I agree that it is a question of balance. So, what kind of balance is demonstrated by the dementedly obscene financial arrangements, Penn State-type perversions, and other warping of priorities that result from an over-emphasis on this stuff. The spectrum has places like MIT and the NESCAC schools at one end, and the Penn States of the world at the other. The question is which end has more merit.

The fact that the Ivies are the only Div 1 conference to take this path doesn't prove that it's wrong. There are plenty of cases where the less popular course turns out to be the right one. More people watch schlock on TV and drive crappy cars. Doesn't make those choices the better ones.

Finally, we're mostly talking about only fball and bball. The
Ivies do fine enough at many of the other sports.

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