Kristi Dosh's column about how sports are the best internships is her latest attempt to curry favor with NCAA athletic departments across the nation. While I'm cross-checking some of her assertions, I wanted to highlight a paragraph that gave me quite the chuckle:
A friend who works in college athletics recently told me about a trip he took to visit a Division I football practice. He described the lavish breakfast buffet set up for the players (which included a carving station – we’re not talking about the powdered eggs and dry cereal you get at the local hotel breakfast buffet), the indoor practice facility to protect players from the heat, the world-class weightlifting equipment and the smoothie bar where athletes could get some refreshment between workouts. Tough life, huh? And this wasn’t even at what I would consider a top Division I football program. This athletic department isn’t even on the self-sustaining list.
(The link above appeared in her original text.)
Where she uses this as an argument that football players are pampered, I see this as an argument that this particular athletic department really is taking advantage of its situation. All Division I athletic departments SHOULD BE self-sustainable, especially if it providing these kind of benefits in an attempt to lure football recruits to campus. Taking away a year's worth of football-player pampering may not balance a huge budget deficit. But it would help cover travel costs for another athletic program or two.
When I start hearing about how these poor athletic departments just can't break even, I'm going to start asking which ones can provide me with a steak quiche.