RUTGERS IS SET FREE FROM COMMERCIALIZED DIV IA ATHLETICS
will not excuse. We will not equivocate. We will not retreat
a single step. And we will be heard.
Whitford, award-winning West Wing actor and Wesleyan University
whole idea of 'brand' and the way it's being manipulated is permeating
everything. It's a perverting
force. I'll sit in Board meetings at Wesleyan, which is a place
I love, and I'll hear the word 'brand' -- 'What's our brand?'
We're a f---ing university, not a tube of toothpaste."
April 23, 2015
L. Barchi, president, Rutgers
our brand next to Michigan's brand on a million TV sets is something
I couldn't possibly buy in terms of marketing."
June 10, 2013
felt like we were getting a combination [college] president and
[corporate] CEO in one person!"
Brown, alumnus of Livingston College, Rutgers, CEO Motorola Solutions,
donor of $2.5 million for 7,656 square foot Recruiting Lounge
at "High Point Solutions Stadium," Chair of Rutgers
Board of Governors," Chair of Presidential Search Committee.
Source : NJBiz ("All Business. All New Jersey"), January
triumph of the Barchi Brown Ltd marketing campaign for the "RU
brand." U.S. News lists Rutgers among America's top
200 universities for 2017!
From an RU boosters
cares about USNWR as long as Rivals ranks us in the top 20 in
Q: do Div IA college
football and basketball franchises have to be a "branding"
operation to "market the institution"?
A: No. There are other,
far nobler reasons for spending the money it takes to get a winning
franchise. Consider the shining success of Baylor University
in Texas, a Christian school that focuses entirely on the spiritual
or transcendent value of Div IA athletics.
Consider, for instance,
Ian McCaw, the Director of Athletics whose vision led Baylor
to a dominant place in the world of high national rankings and
post-season bowl games.
goal is to glorify God through our athletic department."
Ian McCaw, as quoted in Sports Illustrated
the Baylor University athletics department site
Ian McCaw's leadership, Baylor's athletic department has achieved
extraordinary academic and athletic success.
Baylor has enjoyed the most competitively successful period in
the history of its intercollegiate athletics program. During
that span, Baylor has captured four national team championships
and 56 Big 12 Conference championships.
reached bowl games in five consecutive years for the first time
in school history and won the 2011 Alamo Bowl, 2012 Holiday Bowl
and 2013 and 2014 Big 12 championships. In addition, Robert Griffin
became the school's first-ever Heisman Trophy winner.
have thrived in the classroom as Baylor finished first or second
in the Big 12 in graduation success rate in six of the last eight
years and recorded their highest cumulative grade point average
on record during 2013-14 at 3.23.
Athletics enjoyed extraordinary academic and athletic success,
the department has made dramatic strides administratively. An
outgrowth of its five-year strategic plan was the creation and
successful completion of the Victory with Integrity development
campaign. Since 2003, Baylor Athletics has raised more than $390
million toward capital projects and student-athlete scholarships."
learn from Baylor?
Possibly. We know that
Scarlet R boosters are fond of trumpeting their pride in the
school's "APR" listing and the superb academic performance
of its "student-athletes," especially football and
basketball players. We know that "Victory with Integrity"
is a motto to which they would not hesitate to subscribe with
a straight face. We know that they would take the $390 million
raised by Baylor to pursue athletics success as evidence the
$500 million Rutgers has poured out so far has been spent in
a good cause. We are certain that a conference championship and
a Heisman Trophy winner would give Scarlet R boosters the impression
that they had died and gone to Heaven.
Perhaps they are right.
After all, Ian McCaw, the man responsible for the "Baylor
miracle," did tell Sports Illustrated that the purpose of the Baylor athletics
program was to glorify God. If President Barchi and the Scarlet
R boosters on the BOG and in the State Legislature could be persuaded
to glorify God in the same way, He might listen. God did, after
all, reward the Baylor athletics program with outstanding success.
For those who'd like
to further explore the possibility of Baylor as a model for Rutgers,
here is a link to the Fort Worth Star-Telegraph, a Texas
newspaper that covers its athletics program:
"Victory with Integrity": the
"The college that has a sports program
for any other reason than an educational reason is soon going
to lose control of the program.
the college goes in for sports as a part of a program of public
entertainment and public relations, then the public will dictate
the kind of entertainment it wants.
If the reason is
fund-raising, then the fund-raisers and the potential donors
will dictate the program.
Whatever the reason
may be, the college has lost control, including the control of
those parts of its education policy which are
related, such as admissions."
of Rutgers University
From the RU1000 archives (1996)
Pro & Con: the "Standard"
a successful "big time" athletic program gives the
university valuable national exposure that it wouldn't get otherwise.
is the "Everybody
school without a football team is in serious danger of deteriorating
into a university."
Betwick Preseason Forecast
alumnus has kindly sent us the 2016 Big Ten preseason sheet issued
by the British oddsmaker Betwick. We're happy to share it.
at Washington (L)
vs Howard (W)
vs New Mexico (W)
vs Iowa (L)
at Ohio State (L)
vs Michigan (L)
vs Illinois (L)
at Minnesota (L)
vs Indiana (L)
at Michigan State (L)
vs Penn State (L)
at Maryland (W)
interview with Senator Les Resniak
Jersey State Senator Les Resniak recently sent a memo to Rutgers
boosters who, like himself, are
thrilled to see Rutgers in the Big Ten athletics conference.
His message listed the important advantages Rutgers has gained
by being in the Big Ten. Unfortunately, each of his claims was
based on false logic.
we're happy to report that Senator Resniak is a stand-up guy.
Shortly after sending out his memo, he met with
ARR for interview in which he explained his claims for "Big
Ten advantages." Click here to read a transcript of the
damage to car windshield, Denton, TX. While damage was being
repaired, UNT applied urgently for membership in Big Ten.
got to have big-time facilities if we're going to hire the players
that will make us big time so we can get the TV commercials that
make a school great!"
State Senator Les Resniak.
is "Mark Emetic" Mark Emmert?)
in Anti-Sports-Corruption History
The Drake Group's
Losing at a Dollar a Second: Rutgers University
"Of all the schools that
have tried to use intercollegiate athletics to advance the universitys
name recognition and mission, none have done so more vigorously
and expensively than Rutgers University.
At last report, the schools spending on sports exceeds
revenue by over $36 million annually. That is the equivalent
of a dollar a second during every minute, hour, day, week and
month of the year. . . .
Rutgers is the only one of
the nine colleges founded during the colonial era not in the
top 50 in the Forbes Best Colleges list. Perhaps rather
than concentrating on athletics, it should behave like the other
eight colonial schools, none a big-time athletic power, and concentrate
on using the prestige derived from its colonial heritage to build
Uncovers the Clue!
An update for
fans & boosters
NFL player can expect to suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy,
a degenerative disease that leads to memory
loss, impaired judgment, depression, and dementia.
Football players are
also four times more likely both to die from ALS and to develop
An NFL player can expect
to live twenty years less that the average American male. By
that measure, each season costs an NFL player about six years
of his life. Football fans, in other words, must ignore the fact
that we are watching men kill themselves."
Rich, "The Super Bowl: The Horror & the Glory,"
The New York Review (5 March 2015), p. 54.
asks prominent neuroscientist Robert L. Barchi:
about college football?"
Carl Kirschner, AD
for the Ages
the framed plaque given to Dean Carl Kirschner by the Rutgers
Athletics Department in recognition of services provided to the
athletics program. Kirschner, well known as a Rutgers athletics
supporter, was for many years permitted to travel to away games
on the same airplane as the football team.
Rutgers Dean Carl Kirschner (right), seen here in intimate colloquy
with former Athletic Director "Bob" Mulcahy.
many other services to the Athletics Department, Kirschner won
signal recognition for admitting to Rutgers one Damaso Munoz, a football recruit
whose credentials included a substantial number of credits purchased
for $399 at "University
a storefront operation specializing in preparing candidates for
admission to universities with Div IA athletics programs.
first served as interim athletic director when AD "Bob"
Mulcahy was fired in connection with questionable financial manipulations.More
recently, serving as interim AD after "Tim" Pernetti
was fired in connection with a national scandal involving basketball
coach Mike Rice, Kirschner played a major role in the hiring
of basketball coach Eddie Jordan, a proud Rutgers alumnus who,
as it happens, never graduated from the university, a fact that
somehow eluded Carl
Kirshner's amazing "due diligence" committee:
Rutgers 1000 mourns
the passing of two loyal alumni supporters
Rudolph S. Rasin,
Rutgers College '53
1930 - 2014
Rutgers College, '55
1933 - 2014
A=. . . and gentlemen in
England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed
they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap
whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon
Saint Crispin's day.
--Shakespeare, Henry the
"Big Ten" is a BIG mistake
guesses what these names
"At division IA schools, 'amateur'
is to 'athletics' what 'electric' is to 'chair'."
Mary Sue Coleman
RUTGERS OUT OF THE "BIG TEN"