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Saturday, January 17, 2009

We're No. 1

Posted By on Sat, Jan 17, 2009 at 10:09 AM

I may have missed this while on vacation. Even if it's old news, let's have another Hog Call for the report that the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville spends more on athletics -- as a percentage of all instructional spending -- than any other college in the United States.

I noticed this while catching up on my reading in the vital editorials of The Leader newspaper.

Yes, yes, we know that there is little organic relationship between the cost of the athletic empire on the mountain and instructional spending. The athletic costs are borne mostly but not altogether by the Razorback Foundation and Razorback philanthropy, while the taxpayers and students pay the instructional costs. But are the university’s values — our values as a state — not seriously out of line?

Our bliss in Razorback success might be worth the cost of ignorance, but what we have is the costliest mediocrity in America, in athletics as well as academics.

NOTE: You'll find another mediocre player, Arkansas State, ranked in the top third of the 119 Division I schools if you check the first link. Vanderbilt spends the least. Stanford, Duke and Northwestern are skimpy on sports spending, too. See a pattern?

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