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Univeristy athletics a pittance


In response to the author’s assertion in last week’s guest column entitled “Cleaning up after U. athletics” that athletic spending is destroying academic prestige at the University, I have two words — completely absurd.

If real research had been initiated, the author would note the millions upon millions of dollars the state of New Jersey cut from the University’s budget over the past few decades. Schools that have supposedly passed us by, like University of Connecticut and Clemson University, have ample state support and also spend exponentially more on athletics than the University does. In fact, if one would compare the University’s athletic department budget against the average Big Ten Conference school, ours is a pittance. Lastly, if you take a peek at the U.S. News college rankings back in the 1980s, when state funding in New Jersey was much higher, our rating was much higher up. Coincidence? I think not.

So in conclusion, I’d advise the author and other faculty that take his stance to open their minds a bit more and move outside of that all-too-familiar “Rutgers athletics is ruining our school” box.


James M. deLyon is a Closter, N.J., resident.

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