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
Q: do Div IA college
football and basketball franchises have to be a "branding"
operation to "market the institution"?
A: No. There are other,
more exalted 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
Baylor University athletics department site
"Under Ian McCaw's leadership,
Baylor's athletic department has achieved extraordinary academic
and athletic success.
Since 2003, 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
Baylor football 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.
Student-athletes 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.
While Baylor 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
many Scarlet R boosters take great pride in the school's stellar
"APR" record and the
superb academic performance of its student-athletes, especially
its football and basketball players. We know that "Victory
with Integrity" is a motto to which all publicly subscribe.
We know that the $390 million raised by Baylor to pursue athletics
success shows that the $500 million Rutgers has spent so far
has been wisely invested. We are certain that a conference championship
and a Heisman Trophy winner would give Scarlet R boosters a sense
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 through Div IA
athletics, He might listen. He did, after all, grant the Baylor
athletics program outstanding success.
For those who'd like
to further explore the possibility of Baylor as an example for
Rutgers, here is a link to the Fort Worth Star-Telegraph,
a local newspaper that follows 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
IA athletics are the incurable disease of American higher education."
Betwick Preseason Forecast
A Rutgers alumnus
sent us from England the 2016 Big Ten preseason sheet issued by the British oddsmaker
Betwick. Their template version of the Rutgers football schedule
-- projected outcomes only, with odds to be listed as the season
develops --is as follows.
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)
do not gamble on American college football. We know very little
about gambling on college sports. But this sheet did prompt us
to ask: if the British oddsmakers turned out to be right, would
the Rutgers BOG conclude that it had now done enough damage to
Rutgers, refund the $500 million wasted on professionalized athletics
since 1994, and agree to spend their next $500 million on restoring
Rutgers to the ranks of genuinely distinguished institutions
of higher learning?
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"