Before You Leave a Comment:
We appreciate your feedback and comments, even from those who have differing opinions. We respect the opinions of others and do not want to deny their due space if they wish to comment, but of course a certain level of respect should be maintained. This is not a bathroom wall in the river dorms; we don’t need any more graffiti. Please refrain from inappropriate language, blind thoughtless attacks, and repetitive arguments.
Below are a couple of additional pieces of information that you should know:
1. There is no opposition to any athletes or student athletes. Our opposition is against any institution that lures athletes into a program, veils them as “student-athletes,” and then proceeds to exploit them as unpaid professionals, ignoring any academic commitment above making these athletes meet the bare-minimum standards to be eligible to play.
2. This argument is not just about football and basketball or even big time college athletics. It is about the University’s failure to unequivocally make academics and the education of its students its number one priority.
3. Athletics departments generally don’t make money, Rutgers never has. Only a handful of athletics programs make money each year and most do not do so consistently. What makes Rutgers think that it can all of a sudden break into this small circle among 118 other Division-IA schools? Of course you have to spend money to make money. $300 million and still in the red? What financial genius is running this operation?
4. Student athletes really do exist. They have existed at Rutgers since the first football game in 1869 against Princeton. They still do exist on campus, participating in track, rugby, swimming, crew, etc. The difference is that they are real students. They participate the same way a student would join a musical ensemble or a publication and in many cases they are some of the busiest students on campus. This is because they have real majors and course loads like Chemistry, Political Science, and Economics, unlike the vast majority of D-I football and basketball players who all too often are enrolled in the easiest programs possible in order to simply keep them eligible to play. Yes, there are a very small handful of football and basketball players that manage time to be real students, but these exceptional ones are an increasing rarity.
5. We don’t want Rutgers to be an Ivy-league school. We want Rutgers to be one of the best public universities in the nation. All too often money stands in between students and high quality education. It is public universities like Rutgers that have a chance to offer the best possible education to New Jersey students at an affordable cost in comparison to other schools.
6. The current spike in college applications is a national trend simply because more people are applying to colleges right now. Almost every school in the nation currently receives all-time high numbers of applicants and this trend will decline in the coming year.