Originally Posted by JMT
Don't care how much you love sports, or how much/why you think your particular geography is more prone to fanatacism. If the lesson imparted by your state's institution of higher learning is that 11 wins trumps all, then you deserve what eventually befalls you. There's no honor among thieves and once you've thrown your lot in with them, you've become one too.
Sounds noble and all, but that's not how the SEC works. If Arkansas fires Petrino they could potentially fall back into Mississippi/Vanderbilt territory. Their AD would be fired within 2 years when the wins go down.
College athletics (at the higher levels for football/basketball) are basically pro leagues with lowly-paid "student-athletes" that do the servant work. Billion-dollar TV deals, 8 figure annual paychecks to schools for just being in a conference, coaches getting paid 3/4 million a year while his starting LB can't even afford a nice pair of sneakers without the help of "others". And those booster "contributions" dry up real fast when the team sucks.