A Little Perspective on NCAA Sports and University Education

The University of Alabama at Birmingham announced that it would implement cuts to its athletics program. The largest cut is the entire football program. The rifle and bowling programs also experienced cuts.

This is a photo of the reaction:
© AP Photo/AL.com, Joe Songer UAB Prsident Ray Watts is led through an angry mob by Birmingham and UAB Police

© AP Photo/AL.com, Joe Songer UAB Prsident Ray Watts is led through an angry mob by Birmingham and UAB Police
I particularly like the man in the blue polo shirt. I suspect his lips aren’t pursed due to the bowling team cuts.

On 13 April, 2013, the University of Southern Maine cut its Music program down to one professor.

This is a photo of the reaction:
© The Free Press/usmfreepress.org, Music students protest cuts to music program.

© The Free Press/usmfreepress.org, Music students protest cuts to music program.
While not the size of UAB’s athletics program – the department was cut in half from two faculty to one, this cut affects students’ course of study, not their extra-curricular activities. Also note that UAB is not cutting the budget to the athletics program, rather they are eliminating some sports so that their resources may be allocated to the retained sports. These photos speak volumes regarding the emphasis placed on athletics versus education in the US university system, particularly in NCAA schools. Take a look at the students’ reactions, they too are culpable in this apparent bias towards NCAA athletics.

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