I caught this clip on ESPN's SportsCenter after watching my Texas Longhorns win a big one at home.
University of Connecticut men's basketball coach, Jim Calhoun, get's pretty worked up when his worth as a public employee in our current economy is questioned. It turned into 2 minutes that Oliver Stone would be proud of.
I thought it the responses that he had to the reporter (Ken Krayeske, a freelance journalist and political activist) painted an interesting picture on the business and politics involved in college athletics.
The tribal element to sports--especially college sports--is nearly palpable. I think the question that this clip raises is, in an economy like ours right now, should we question the worth of a man that coaches a dozen 18-22 year old young men to play a sport? That said, what is the worth that college athletics (which hardly arguably is pure entertainment) brings to it's institution? What about when that institution is owned by the state? And what about when that state institution competes against private institutions?
It's pure business.