The Mid-American Conference somehow attempts to keep up appearances, football-wise, in the shadows of Notre Dame and the B1G Ten (currently fourteen and likely to be sixteen.)  That means such follies as weeknight football in November (somehow the optics of empty seats in prime-time, and a few shivering students don't deter) or perhaps Black Friday day games, again for the television coverage, never mind that the students might be away working a few hours to meet the athletics fees.

And poor Eastern Michigan: so close to Ann Arbor, so often a crash-test dummy for Northern Illinois.

No more, recommends accounting professor Howard Bunsis. "It is a losing proposition. Always has been, and always will be. We hardly raise any money for football, and our attendance is the lowest in the country. Some of you believe that we are close to succeeding, if we just throw more money at the situation. This proposition is insane."  The opportunity cost of spending $52m on football is ...

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