Academics once trumped football

It’s hard to believe, but at the end of 1961 Ohio State’s faculty voted to decline an invitation to play UCLA in the Rose Bowl (“When Studying Came Before Football,” The Wall Street Journal, Jan 11). They simply felt that that students were paying too much attention to football and not spending enough time on studying. Although Ohio State’s head coach disagreed with the faculty vote, he accepted their decision.

That would never happen today because football and basketball are cash cows for colleges and universities.  No administrator would back faculty that voted the same way as Ohio State did then. Academics takes a back seat to athletics, despite rhetoric to the contrary. That’s too bad because so many college stars graduate without having gained an education except on the playing field.

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