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Subject: We can compete at FBS mid-major recruting players who are excellent students

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Date Posted: 12:46:01 01/03/18 Wed
In reply to: Son of Eli 's message, "Northwestern- An Alternative Model to the Ivy League" on 10:30:06 12/30/17 Sat

Since Northwestern, Duke and Stanford have deep, long term ties to their respective Power 5 conferences, it is not practical nor important for the Ivies to use this as their model. As noted in other threads, the more practical solution is the mid-major FBS conference path that would include Army and Navy in a new "Ivy Plus" conference. If this were the case, our modifications to AI would not be that great.

While we would not have to directly compete with Stanford, Northwestern and Duke for Power 5 type athletes as a mid-major, you would be surprised how these three Power 5 schools are able to have the vast majority of their recruiting classes be excellent students who fit in very well taking tough classes. For example, at Stanford, students do not declare their major until their junior year. Of the 50 Stanford football players who are juniors and seniors, 31 football players or 62% are majoring in the sciences and only 19 football players in other liberal arts majors. It is a myth that these schools have to significantly modify their standards to recruit elite athletes. The vast majority of these athletes can be admitted into the Ivies.

Simply put, we can easily upgrade to mid-major FBS conference without meaningful compromise to our academic standards and maintain our rich academic heritage.

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Date Posted: 14:33:00 01/03/18 Wed

When I read some of the comments on this Board, I wonder how many of the posters actually have had responsible positions for a sustained period in a real business setting involving significant sums of money. I say that because anyone who thinks that paying a coach a $7 MILLION salary--which happens to be 6X the CEO's salary and will thus invert the entire org chart and reporting structure (see Penn State)--will not involve a "meaningful compromise" to the Ivies' standards, academic or otherwise, must work in an environment where money doesn't have its inevitable effect.

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