Thursday, February 01, 2007

Hut, Hike, and Hibbing

So the powerhouse Hibbing Community College football team is suspended due to academic and behavioral problems of the players? When I saw this story, I remember being surprised that college athletics would be so competitive at that level that you would have to bring in ringers. Then I saw this quote from the Minneapolis Star Tribune story:

Provost Ken Simberg said he has no idea when -- or if -- football will be reinstated. Instead, Hibbing plans to use the $50,000 to $60,000 now spent on football for recruiting other students to improve diversity on the northern Minnesota campus.

Or this quote from the Hibbing Daily Tribune:
During his address, Sertich noted that one of the concerns is an unintended consequence of suspending the football program.

“Hibbing Community College has enjoyed greater diversity, racial and ethnic diversity as a result of its athletic programming — again, clearly football is at the top of that list,” said Sertich. “So, it is also a concern to us today that we hear what the effects and plans might be so we don’t lose one important strong attribute of the college, while we are looking at all aspects of any given program.”

So it is an affirmative action program in addition to (or instead of) being an athletic program. Interesting.

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