The Rutgers Irresponsible Squandering of $$$ on Athletics

Bermuda BobAnalyst IISeptember 2, 2011

NEW YORK - MARCH 10:  The Rutgers Scarlet Knights mascot peforms during a break in play against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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In mid-August, Bloomberg issued a comprehensive report which examined the fact that Rutgers has spent more money on athletics than any other public institution in the six largest football conferences during the 2009-2010 fiscal year. More than 40 percent of the sports revenue came from student fees and the University’s General Fund.

This makes Rutgers the #1 subsidized athletic programme in the country, a dubious distinction at best, especially since the opening line of the Mission Statement of Rutgers is: 

“To provide services and programs that engage students in active learning...”

This has predictably left many outraged, especially since Rutgers has never won a single title in either football or basketball (men’s) since joining the Big East.

Rutgers has never really had much of a chance of competing in the Big East, and this report does nothing but prove what I, and many other alumni, have been saying for ages. 

It’s time for Rutgers to get real and realize that they need to be who they are, and not who they’d like to be.