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Northern Illinois vs. Army preview: The fog of war

September 2, 2011  |  By Benjamin Miraski

There has been a lot of discussion about how to fix college athletics. When Division I split into the haves and have-nots, the Ivy League, perhaps the last bastion of goodness in college sports -- at least until Tommy Amaker decided to ruin Harvard -- took its ball and went to play elsewhere.

That is despite having some of the oldest and most successful teams in the way back history of the sport. They didn't want the taint of everything that sours the athletic experience on them.

Sure, they will send their college basketball champion to the NCAA tournament. But there will not be a conference tournament -- no need to grab that money. And there will not be postseason football. No bowl games, no playoffs. Once the season is over, its over.

Now the Ivy League is somewhat lucky. The member schools aren't trying to prop up a state school with lack of funding using a sports program with too much money in its coffers. They are living off of endowments and donations from alumni that could probably pay the salaries for all of the coaches in the SEC several times over, and still pay for the new chemistry lab.

But while the Ivy League turned and ran, two schools stayed that might need to be the model for fixing what is wrong with the college sports world today - Army and Navy.

Read the remainder of this preview, including the five things to watch tonight, over at Hustle Belt.


Posted September 2, 2011 6:30 PM

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