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This must be a joke.
Look at UT's campus on Google Earth. Look at the physical footprint made by football alone, much less the Athletic Department as a whole. Dave Hart thinks football needs even more room?! Take half of Stokely's land, turn that into football fields even though he admits parking and housing are huge priorities, and then renovate a dorm that will be 50% athletes. Wow. In other words, PRACTICE fields are more important than parking and housing, despite the fact that we have a brand new football building and a massive stadium.
Dave Hart is proposing that a parcel of land larger than the Hill be devoted to football, a university activity in which 120 students participate. Compare this to the Hill, which is the home of math, geology, psychology, biology, geography, BCMB, every engineering department, chemistry, physics, astronomy, etc. That's right...the football team uses more land than the academic core of the university. Does the football team really need an even BIGGER chunk of a very space-limited campus?
UT has a pipe dream of becoming a top 25 public university. When you devote fully half of physical space on your campus to athletics, a sizeable portion to football alone, how can they sit there and wonder why we continue to drop below our "peer institutions" in academic rankings?
Another example is tennis. Look at the map, and look at the space taken up by the Goodfriend Tennis Stadium and six outdoor courts. Compare that to the six outdoor courts available to students who aren't on the tennis team. What are there, 30 scholarship tennis players? There's 30,000 other students. But the 30 tennis team members have as much physical space as their 30,000 classmates combined.
30,000 students have a junker of an indoor swimming pool. But the land right beside it is used for a brand new, much nicer pool for 30 scholarship swimmers.
UT isn't even attempting to be a respected academic institution. The university functions as nothing more than a necessary evil in existence only so the athletic department can pretend that their athletes are students as well.
A look at the APR will confirm that many of our "student-athletes" are students in name only, and the people actually going to class, teaching, and doing research are just in the way of another field in which to practice losing to Nick Saban by 31. Again.
Let's just tear down the library. I heard Pat Summitt would like a bigger office.
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