4.1.17

MINNESOTA DEFENESTRATES ANOTHER COACH.

A number of University of Minnesota (motto: ten thousand ways to surrender the Axe) football players behaved badly at a party, in ways that Student Affairs thought they could punish, although people who live by normal legal rules were less sure, and the football players threatened to sit out a bowl game.  Thus did the university administration cave, the team play the bowl game (beating Washington State), and now the head football coach, Tracy Claeys, is out.

It prompts Margaret "University Diaries" Soltan to suggest that there is, sort of, a market test at work.

ICK FACTOR ---> INSTITUTIONAL FINANCIAL COLLAPSE.

Yes, there's a lot of money going into money-sucking athletics departments that might be better spent on the core functions of the university, particularly in the presence of stingy state legislatures and young people burdened with student loans.

And athletics at Minnesota have long looked from afar like a dumpster fire.

I suspect, though, that pressure from the boosters for regime change varies in proportion to the years the Axe has remained in Madison.

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