Yet another American university – this time it’s Temple – is up against the CAB (Cock And Balls) problem.

In response to its president’s decision to build a football stadium, a local writer slowly, painstakingly, in the manner of a kindergarten teacher, explains why it’s total madness…

Temple has nowhere near enough money to compete in the big leagues.

In fact (let’s put this as simply and slowly as we can…): State taxpayers already hugely subsidize the money-hemorrhaging program, and the stadium will add another hundred million of debt.

At best, Temple would play six or seven [poorly attended] home games a year at the new stadium — even if it doubled as a track-and-field site, you’d still end up with a hulking facility (and, probably, parking lots) that go unused the vast majority of the year.


So how do we account for the president’s absolute conviction a new stadium will be great, great, GREAT?

Well, it’s like answering the question Why does the University of Nevada Las Vegas president think a billion dollar stadium will be equally great?

It seems clear to UD that these men are thinking not with their big head, but with their little head.

UD proposes a clause in the president’s contract mandating, upon a majority vote of the faculty senate, a regime of Depo-Provera.

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5 Responses to ““[T]he University of Akron built an on-campus stadium a few years ago and found, contrary to expectations, that it’s not necessarily true that if you build it, they will come.””

  1. Mr Punch Says:

    I suspect that part of the problem here is that Temple naturally compares itself to Penn State and Pitt, rather than, say, Wayne State and Illinois-Chicago.

  2. JND Says:

    John Hiatt foretold all of this in 1997.

    “I’m just so easily led when the little head does the thinkin’.”

  3. Polish Peter Says:

    Mr Punch is right. Temple is using the wrong comparanda and has grandiose visions of monumentality. I’m sorry to see my father’s alma mater making such a boneheaded choice.

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    JND: Good song. Thanks for sending.

  5. Link Love | Grumpy Rumblings (of the formerly untenured) Says:

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