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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

After Kansas Loss To FCS Nicholls State In Season Opener, Law Prof Proposes Elimination Of Football Program

After Big 12 perennial cellar dweller Kansas lost to Nicholls State, a Football Championship Subdivision school, in its opening game of the 2018 season, Kansas Law Prof Corey Rayburn Yung proposed eliminating the football program:

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The Kansas football faithful were not amused:

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I have friends who teach at “Their” State university which resides in the Southeastern Conference. Not being natives, I’ve tried to explain that the citizens of the State each believe they each own a piece of that franchise and that its “just fine” if they want to “teach school” in the meantime. However, the university’s purpose is to field competitive Southeastern Conference athletic teams.

In retort to the professor’s suggestion, I believe “it appears you never played the game” would be appropriate. LOL.

Posted by: Tom N. | Sep 4, 2018 3:11:54 AM

Professor Yung's question might be equally pertinent for the rest of the "NCAA." The college sports industry--at every level--is the most corrupt institution in the United States, bar none. There is no serious argument for its continuation at this time.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Sep 4, 2018 8:48:58 AM

"The college sports industry--at every level--is the most corrupt institution in the United States, bar none"

The White House, FIFA, the New Jersey state government, and Hollywood neg your pardon

Posted by: Anon | Sep 4, 2018 11:22:56 AM

I agree with the prof re: the finances and injuries inherent in college football, but turnabout is fair play, too: since 2011 1L enrollment at Kansas Law has dropped 35%, the median tuition discount rose from $2,270 to $15,000 (and the percentage of students receiving discounts increased to nearly 9 in 10), and the total number of faculty and admins has increased. In sum there's almost no way the law school is running in the black. Physician, heal thyself.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Sep 4, 2018 1:56:11 PM

UN. maybe the numbers at Kansas Law worked out because they all took 25% pay cuts. And maybe a fat guy in a red suit will come down my chimney on Christmas Eve and leave keys to a brand new Porsche outside.

Posted by: PaulB | Sep 4, 2018 6:57:28 PM

That happens to you too, PaulB? We are a lucky pair. I just rub my magic JD and all the riches of the world are at my feet. /sarc

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Sep 5, 2018 7:05:38 AM

It's fair game to look at the costs of the football program. But then it's also fair to look at the drop in alumni contributions that will ensue if it's terminated.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Sep 5, 2018 10:04:30 AM

Illustrative of PM and Anon, I generally state the following based on my work background, "other than Washington, DC, the construction industry is the singularly most corrupt top to bottom than any other industry." I suspect, based on our experiences, that each can recount something similarly.

How many of you played collegiate football? My experience was generally positive and resulted in the closest friendships of my life.

Posted by: Tom N. | Sep 5, 2018 10:15:03 AM

That law professor will never be hired by Alabama.

Posted by: Woody | Sep 6, 2018 9:24:39 AM