26 football players graduating. Not overall 'student athletes'. I can
only anticipate the comments to come. Congratulations to all the
graduates everywhere. Alex Smith's words were inspirational. And the
weather was great for the occasion.
‘You’re here to play football but the first thing you’ve got
to do is get your degree,’And this is what is wrong with our
colleges and universities. They are not there to play football, they are there
to get an education, with football paying the way. Since that is not the
case,it is time to acknowledge what few want to admit. It is time to abolish
sports from universities and colleges. With tuition rising out of control at
most universities, spending money on sports is not acceptable any more.
Students should not graduate with ten of thousands in debt. Tax payers should
not be expected to fund sporting programs. Some will say, but the U of U
football program pays for itself. OK, but does the U of U swim team pay for
itself? How about the soccer team? What about all the women's sports?
The net effect is a cost to the system and it is time to put the real reason
first, educating students. Abolish the rest.
So before someone toots their horn about 26 'Pac 12' football kids
graduating let me say this...Congratulations and...I'm pretty sure their diplomas say University of Utah, not Pac 12, on
What an amazing accomplishment by these players and to rank in the upper third
of the Pac-12 for graduation is just phenomenal. Coach Whitt and the entire
staff cement the guiding principles for a lifetime of success in the hearts and
minds of their players from the time they are recruited. Well done,
Utah...well done indeed!
Congratulations to these "student athletes!" They got what colleges a
supposed to do, provide them with an education and a degree upon completion.If the concern is that their physical skills have not been used to the
maximum number of years/games to benefit a school's football program, or
they are insufficiently experienced for a career in the pro football business,
then our focus on education is very, very badly twisted.But, I
won't even get started about how football coaches get paid more than the
people teaching students to become physicians to save lives, and how twisted
that is.Again, congratulations to the students/graduates. There are
much more important things in life than running around in tight costumes chasing
people with a ball and pushing people around. Even those "real world"
activities may not pay as much.
DN Subscriber, How many stadiums are full of people watching "people
teaching students to become physicians"?
Proud of these athletes and students and all their hard work.Just as
nice as being affiliated as brothers in the prestigious Pac 12 from an athletic
standpoint, its equally nice to be side by side in academic endeavors. Well
done to allProud uteProud Pac 12 memberGO UTES!
DN,Are the 26 football players the only student athletes that graduated
ekute,Dirk Facer, big time Utah fan, wrote the article. And he
clearly says that the football program sends 26 to graduation, with on
insinuation that those are the only student athletes to graduate. I think
you're just a little hyper sensitive to anything from the DN, even from a
faithful ute writer am I right?
@MarkHow many of these kids would have graduated from college if we
had "abolished sports" at the University of Utah?This is
what student athletics is for; to provide another avenue for people to be able
to go to college and get a degree. They were recruited to Utah to play football
so yes, they are there to play football, that's what got them there. But
the first priority is to get a degree. Other students are recruited to Utah (and
other schools) for their strong academics. They are also encouraged to get a
degree.The path you take to get to school doesn't matter, what
matters is what you do when you get there and Kyle Whittingham and the entire
athletic department at the U has done a great job of helping kids realize what
is most important in their lives.Congrats to all of this year's
graduates from Utah and other schools as well!
A hearty congratulations to each of these young men, and all other UofU
student-athletes who graduated this year. I'm confident the
lessons you learned both on and off the field will aid you in you future
Mark from Montana,Not one wit of Utah tax payer money goes to fund
college sports at the U from the football team to the swim team. None of them
get tax payer money. The $253 million state appropriation goes entirely to
education. And the $3.2 billion budget at the U does not belong to the State of
Utah so the small amount (ESPN reports it is $3 million) that the U gives the
athletic department is also not tax payer money. Hope that clears it up.
Mark from Montana, Big time Universities, like Utah, bring in
revenue through sports. You abolish sports and the university will LOSE money!
Sports do not make tuition more expensive. It may be a different
case at smaller schools, but not for schools like BYU & Utah.
to further clarify,Even though women's soccer probably
doesn't generate any revenue, the entire athletic department as a whole
does. Where a sport like women's soccer loses money, football &
basketball easily covers the difference. So, football & basketball pay for
the athletic department rather than the tax payers & students.
Sports Are GreatSalt Lake City, UT"And he clearly says
that the football program sends 26 to graduation, with on insinuation that those
are the only student athletes to graduate."An
"insinuation?" LOL! Where did you find an "insinuation" to
support your wishful conclusion? The Basketball team had only one senior but
the gymnastics team had seniors graduate with honors in the Pac-12. I
don't know about athletes from other sports. Maybe you should relax a bit
and just accept that the article was about the football team.
To not just these wonderful football players, but to the entire class of 2014!
Congrats and best of luck! Go Utes! Make us proud!
Perspective,I am the one telling gdog to relax just a little bit
since it clearly was about the football team. I had a typo I meant to write
"with no insinuation that those" and instead I wrote "on"
However before that I clearly state the article says the football team(as
opposed to all student athletes. Just calm down non-perspective, you'll be
ok. Even with my typo, since "on insinuation" doesn't make sense I
would have thought common sense would have helped most people know it was a typo
of some sort. Try the common sense next time before choosing to get riled up.
Sports Are Great,Yes, you are right. Although I enjoy reading and
commenting on articles on this site, as a Ute fan I am hyper-sensitive to what I
perceive as a bias. So right away I noticed the titles stating 26 football
players and 64 student athletes. I believe that you cheer for the happy valley
boys. Do you see leaning towards negativity for the Utes and fluff for the