11.1.09

SMALL BEGINNINGS. When bubbles pop, the culmination is often spectacular, as in AIG or Merrill Lynch or General Motors being acquired or liquidated. The first stirrings are sometimes nearly imperceptible, as in Western Washington University ending its football program.
Western Washington University announced Thursday that it will eliminate its football program, having found no other way to deal with a deficit in the athletics budget. The Associated Press reported that the move is being viewed as a blow to Division II football, which will now have only four teams in the West.
I wonder what happened to the fifth Division II team. Did it seek an upgrade to one of the higher divisions? If so, was that a "blow" to Division II, or a strategic repositioning for the university that did it?

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