Posted by DesertJazz on 8/14/2020, 10:33 am, in reply to "Re: southland"
I went to a school that was D3 in everything but my sport (fencing) where only D1 was available. I haven't looked it up, but I'd be willing to bet there are as many, if not way more schools in D2 and D3 levels. |
The big thing with at least my D3 school, is we cared way more about research and science than we did about football. Our biggest rivalry game actually used to fill Browns stadium through the 70's, but then we merged with the two schools. (Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology made one long Case Western Reserve University name) I know we have a nearly 2 billion dollar endowment fund, a medical school, and three hospitals on campus that could easily handle testing all of those athletes. The big thing honestly though is the level of caring about football on campus was nothing like my friends who went to bigger state schools. Except for our 'nerd bowl' game versus Carnegie Melon (rivals) we didn't care. I can easily see schools like that being relatively okay with throwing in the towel from the admin point of view.
Compare that to A&M, UT, Alabama, etc. that live and die by those game days... I guess I can see their obsession.
I think the stone is rolling down the hill, but something drastic is going to have to happen to get anymore of those conferences to cancel. As of right now I think the rest of those schools will be playing. Just like UIL is going to keep playing unless there's something drastic. They've already made certain that one kid won't shut down a program. Must be an 'outbreak' before they want programs shut down as a whole. With their adjustments of exposure definitions in the past few weeks they're going to keep going until it blows up in all of our faces.