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News Tip: Why Universities Stay in Big-Time Football

News Tip: Why Universities Stay in Big-Time Football

With college football rocked by scandals, why do self-respecting universities keep doing it?

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Charles Clotfelter
Professor of public policy, law and economics, Duke University
Clotfelter is the author of the new book, "Big-Time Sports in American Universities." More on Clotfelter at http://fds.duke.edu/db/Sanford/charles.clotfelter.

Previous op-eds written by Clotfelter on the subject include:
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/ncaa-violations-wont-stop-1115235.html
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/the-ncaa-bracket-ra...

Quote:
"Big-time college sports can generate tangible benefits for a university, but to understand why it's embraced on so many campuses and for so long, you need to look beyond the university's academic mission. Sports success is not just a means to an end. For those who govern universities, it is an end in itself.

"Rule-breaking in college sports is often viewed strictly in moral terms, as a reflection of defective character. But it would be a mistake to ignore the powerful influence of the universities themselves and the incentives they create by attaching such importance to athletic success."

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Contact: Keith Lawrence
Affiliation: News and Communications
Phone: (919) 681-8059

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Contact: Keith Lawrence
Affiliation: News and Communications
Phone: (919) 681-8059