Monday, January 21, 2008

out of their depth, and why?

Norman Chad is dissing the New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders' men's basketball team for being 0-20. Mean spirited? No, actually I think Chad has a point: he says their troubles are "self-inflicted" because they decided to go to the big time in college sports.

And it points out another problem - the idea of universities seeking exposure by playing big-time sports. At some point, this begins to put the cart before the horse. I mean, isn't NJIT's strength the fact that it offers a rigorous education for would-be engineers and the like? Would NJIT's ability to hang tough in a basketball game with Army or to actually win a game against the likes of Lehigh or Texas Pan-American make any difference in that?

Reminds me of the quote from the president of the University of Oklahoma, who once famously said "We want to build a university our football team can be proud of."

Athletics are great for a school. But not everybody needs to be Division One. I went to tons of basketball games at lower division schools and the atmosphere was great. It didn't matter that it wasn't North Carolina or UCLA or Indiana on the court.

1 Comments:

Anonymous That one guy said...

You're right on - just like this past year. Everyone was used to Notre Dame's success... then they play Division I teams and... Oh wait...

12:12 AM  

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