I am an ardent Vols fans…always have been, but…….not to be a wet blanket on a site about athletics, I would much rather see Tennessee become a top-ranked university for ACADEMIC reasons any day than have championship athletic teams. Tennessee needs to be thought of nationally the way that Virginia and North Carolina are regarded.
Come on, we all know that college athletics are totally corrupt, that the “student athlete” is a total joke. Look at the miserable lack of emphasis on scholarship among athletes. Look at the repeated problems with athletes, from bar room brawls to rape to theft, etc. etc. ad nauseum. College athletes should be either paid a salary as semi-professionals or held to strict academic standards (and I don't mean being allowed to take trumped-up courses whose only purpose is to keep them at school).
I would much prefer Tennessee be known as a GREAT national University.
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