Posted by Big Ron on June 12, 21 at 16:12:14:
In Reply to: Re: Yes, I think he does. My long long rant posted by Ajo Devil on June 12, 21 at 15:19:19:
You have to remember that your list of schools has long histories to develop both an academic and a sports reputations. And whatever balance has been achieved at each of the schools has not produced a sports dynasty during the last 20 years.
I'm talking about when ASU was very young. Academics and sports were competing for the school's sole. The heads of the growing number of colleges within the university had no intention of competing or co-existing with athletics*. There was a strong push to kill the Jock School and the Party School images. So where are we today? Even Anderson uses the term mediocre and the fraternity system has been killed off. The Sun Angel Foundation has been reeled in and is now controlled as part of the athletic department. Crow set his goals on 100,000 students and then worldwide internet education distribution. Sports is not a part of that DNA, its a revenue stream. Nobody gets passionate about a revenue stream.
* One person recounted on how he was waiting to see G. Homer Durham for a scheduled meeting. Frank Kush walked into the office and was immediately welcomed by the school president leaving academic administrators sitting in the lobby. Whatever Kush wanted better have been important because it created more enemies within the ASU academic community.
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