The difference

Dear Editor:

Regarding University Football Coaches, I would like to clarify. High Schools produce potential college football players. Those high school coaches also teach courses as they introduce these youngsters to the game. Those who do well, earn college/university scholarships to continue to play football. Once in college, those kids spend the season getting knocked around, many get hurt and require surgery, many suffer from concussions — all to make the school look good but more importantly to make the coaching staff successful in the eyes of their fans. That coaching staff is simply serving as educators to those who desire a future in the game of football — those players hope to be drafted into a high-paying career in football.

Well, compare that to the students in Engineering, Science, Business, etc. Their professors are there to prepare them with the tools to succeed in the business world and many, many of those students earn 4-5 times or more than those professors who taught and prepared them for their future. So, why in the world would a coaching staff at a university be paid millions of dollars simply to coach — they don’t even teach a subject.

There is a difference between college football and professional football — college football is part of an educational institution. Professional football is a private enterprise, just like any other “business” and as long as folks are willing to pay those high ticket prices, they are free to spend that money any way the owners so desire. That is the difference. I find it immoral that monies earned for the university/college through the weekly sacrifice of those young players should go to “inflated” salaries for those “teaching” football instead of the general fund of the institution to lower tuition costs for all students. Again, I ask why are they more valuable than the rest of the university professors?

Patty Tillerson

This story was posted on January 30, 2014.