First it was the debate, locker room versus library. Now, that title has shifted to academics versus athletics.
“honestly, do you care about that debate? Nah, not really.”
In an article released by TigerRag, LSU’s Athletics Director Scott Woodward addressed a fund transfer policy. In the article, Woodward said, “it’s something that’s very dangerous, when universities rely on recurring money, especially from an auxiliary like the athletic department.”
An LSU student said he sees both sides, putting him on the fence.
“I would understand why the athletics department is doing that if they’re using the money for athletics. But it would be nice if academically they’ll give us some money.”
The fund transfer policy was put in place under former Athletics Director, Joe Alleva. At the time, the agreement was to give academics $36,000,000. Since then, nearly $50,000,000 has been handed over. In a statement, Robert Munson, Senior Athletics Director of External Affairs said, “the transfer policy for this year remains unchanged, but it is being reevaluated.”
“If they are increasing it, that would be great. I don’t think they should decrease it or stop it.
As the topic continues to gain traction on social media, one LSU student said, academic funding should not fall on the revenue of athletics.
“I kind of wish some of the alumni, maybe the state itself kind of looked more at the academic side a little bit.”