Interest money

USC is burning its Pac-12 lore for cash. Good riddance

For the editor: I read Glenn Kramon’s essay, “Football at Stanford? Maybe not,” with interest because I too watched the USC-Stanford game on September 10 with a sense of displacement. Like him, I – a USC graduate – found myself cheering on the other team, Stanford.

Indeed, unlike Kramon, I object to the growing professionalism of college athletes. I admire Stanford for holding the line on transfers and keeping the competition in perspective. I’m especially upset by the decision of USC and UCLA to leave the Pac-12 conference, abandoning century-old traditions like the USC-Stanford rivalry.

If the NFL needs a minor league system to recruit players, let them pay. Do not encourage academic institutions to subsidize one of the most profitable companies.

Only a few universities balance the costs of their sports programs. Most get involved in scandals and compromise ethics and activities that are far removed from the intellectual goals of their schools.

I’ve communicated my displeasure to my alma mater, who doesn’t seem to care. So that makes my time away from university less painful.

Glen Mowrer, Santa Barbara

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For the editor: The commercialization of college football was inevitable. Football players, unlike academic talent, were recruited for years by universities only interested in how much power they could display on the gridiron.

And why? Because college football is big business. Thus, it is in no way unreasonable to compensate the people who do the work.

And yet, it is possible that universities like Stanford simply operate on the basis of their academic offerings.

Kramon thinks high schoolers would be less interested in going to a college without a football team. Is this why UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine have to fight the candidates with a stick? Caltech also appears to be successful in recruiting students.

My alma mater, Bryn Mawr College, doesn’t have a football team either.

Erica Hahn, Monrovia

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For the editor: Kramon is right on target. Money’s influence has polluted all sports, and its effect on the college level is particularly disgusting.

Why is it accepted that Major League Baseball draws most of its players from its minor league system, which is a business, while the NFL, NBA and WNBA use collegiate athletics as minor leagues at no apparent cost to them ?

These professional leagues should be prohibited from recruiting from colleges and be required to recruit their new players from non-collegiate pro or semi-pro minor leagues.

Stu Bernstein, Santa Monica