Originally Posted by Brutus
No it's not "intellectually dishonest" That is exactly how it came across. If that's not how you meant it, then you didn't make your point very clear.
Coaches are teachers, but they're teachers of athletics which is separate from academics. That's the whole point being made. Athletics and its revenue is separate from general education
And athletics have traditioanlly been considered an enriching educational experience that teaches lessons not possible in a classroom. Unless you're willing to argue that the Buckeye football program is a completely separate entity that is not a tangible part of OSU's educational mission, i.e. argue the student and the athlete are two discreet entities, then your point is pretty cloudy.
But lets be crystal clear-the point being made by some was that individuals are getting rich on the back of student athletes. I have yet to see the "individuals" named..i.e. faces put on these hideous humans. So far, we've seen proof that universities are using the revenue to enrich the educational experience of it's student athletes. Those jerks.
Do student athletes in Eugene need to train in a gazillion dollar football complex? Well, no, of course not. But revenue generated by the footall program does more than pay for better footballs. It lifts all student athletes across all sports-and again, I think all would concede that collegiate athletics have important educational benefits. But importantly football revenue lifts the educational experience non-athlete students by funding resources campus wide (such as libraries and student activity centers) and channeling millions of dollars into non-athletic scholarship funds that allow access to those who may not otherwise have access to a college eduction. It's disengenuous to suggest otherwise.