Post by sarasota on Dec 12, 2019 22:20:34 GMT -5
HC is perhaps unique in the universe of college athletics......a very small religious liberal arts college that has won national championships in two major sports and a major bowl participant in a third major sport, but due to profound changes in college athletics and in Society in the last 60+ years, is finding it increasingly difficult to succeed in Div 1 athletics. The major causes are, first, the mushrooming number of colleges intent on upgrading their athletic programs thereby becoming competitive with HC, second, more selective admissions standards than most of HC's athletic opponents, and third, the growing secularity of US Society. The major resources HC has to solve this problem are a healthy size endowment per student, above average academic reputation, above average physical athletic facilities, and healthy alumni financial support. What are we getting for this obsession with Div 1? HC has no sports identity with the 17 yr olds in the U.S. who would apply to HC. There is no interest in HC sports among HC's students except in the varsity team a student happens to play on. There is no interest among the Worcester public as our empty arena/stadia attest. There is no perfect solution to this problem. And it's made doubly hard because college are held captive to a gargantuan monopoly called the NCAA that enforces cookie-cutter rules that make it impossible for colleges to solve their often unique problems. Then there is the annual $7 Million bribe we have to pay sports scholarship athletes to play at HC. I believe the goal of becoming successful in Div 1 is a chimera. The changes HC would have to make to achieve this goal have not been faced up to and if faced up to would not be supported by all HC's constituencies.....except one, the old alums like me who remember the glory sports days. Fortunately for HC we will die off. HC's current Div 1 program is like a tumor that will continue to drain resources away from more productive areas. It's throwing our whole institution out of balance.