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UW: Time to separate football, higher education?

Letter by Pat A. Richmond, Tacoma on Jan. 14, 2014 at 2:18 pm with No Comments »
January 14, 2014 2:59 pm

Re: “Salaries of UW assistants top $3 million” (TNT, 1-14).

University of Washington football coaches are hired at exorbitant salaries to teach young men a sport with sometimes serious medical consequences, especially in later life. Now consideration is given to a “stipend” for players beyond “scholarship”: Pay the players to risk injuries that can afflict them for life.

Perhaps the time has come for the football program to separate from tax-supported higher education, especially since the old argument is that the football program pays for itself.

With extravagant salaries and “stipends,” college football has become the minor league for the pro teams and should not be part of public higher education.

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