Recently the University of Florida announced that they were planning to cut their Computer Science program. This is a travesty for education and the university, but this is not the point of this post.
Meanwhile, the athletic budget for the current year is $99 million, an increase of more than $2 million from last year. The increase alone would more than offset the savings supposedly gained by cutting computer science.
He then throws in, Now, I’m not saying that UF has chosen football over science, but with the headline and the above paragraph, that is exactly what everyone is reading. If you read the comments, he does state that the title might be unfair, but the title has not changed and the comment is unlikely to be read by most.
Here are the important facts that are glossed over:
- Athletics are the University of Florida are financed and run independently of the school by the University Athletic Association. It is funded by license revenue, tickets, and contributions.
- From 1990 to 2009, the athletic department contributed $48 million to the University.
- In 2010, the athletic department made $6.8 million in profit. Six million dollars was given to the University.
Don’t get me wrong, not all schools make money. Many large schools do so, but not all. While athletics are important, when they become a cost center for the school, the equation changes.
This isn’t that situation and anyone acting the role as “reporter” should make that clear.
There are real issues down in Florida that need to be addressed. Implying that people are spending money on athletics instead of education isn’t the way to fix things.