Football Takes All

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The SBCC men’s tennis team has just been snuffed out like a cigarette on the sidewalk by a pair of football cleats worn by ex-college football player, and new SBCC athletic director, Ryan Byrne. Look for other SBCC “minor” sports to be dropped in the near future. The smoke screen that Mr. Bryne has put up in his defense of 
suspending the program is that intercollegiate men’s tennis has 
”dwindling local interest.” Well, the same could be said of SBCC football when you look at their attendance figures. Recruiting violations, performance enhancing drugs, gambling, concussions, sky-rocketing expenses — they all follow present-day college football. The only winners are the big time college football programs who swoop down and snag the top JC players, and then make millions of dollars 
off them. If a player gets injured and can’t play any more, they throw them in a rubbish can full of beat-up and battered former players who 
can hardly walk and bend over. A fine educational institution like SBCC doesn’t need this second-hand smoke.


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Nick9597 (anonymous profile)
January 3, 2013 at 7:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Probably authored by one of those Eilings tennis players that are more interested in staff wage and retirement cuts so that they don't have to pay more or join a country club.

Stumbling_Distance (anonymous profile)
January 3, 2013 at 10:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe the author was one of the over 12,000 UCSB students who voted NO in bringing back gaucho football. Maybe the author is one of the former NFL football players who filed a lawsuit last year accusing the league of concealing information linking football-related injuries to long term brain damage. Maybe the author is from one of the families who were evicted from their apartments in order to make room for SBCC football players. Maybe the author is your regular "joe football fan" who is sick and tired of the monster that football has become. Outrageous salaries, ticket prices, parking and concession fees plus the extra cable company fees you have to pay just to watch a game on TV. Why should an educational institution like SBCC get involved in this "mess"?

itchyfoot (anonymous profile)
January 3, 2013 at 4:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm surprised to hear about this. SBCC has done pretty well at the regional and state levels in the past.

Is the rationale for having a college sports team primarily how much revenue they can bring in? Perhaps we should start dropping high school tennis too - I never see any crowds (paying or otherwise) watching their matches either.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
January 3, 2013 at 5:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How much revenue brought in vs how much money spent- all versus what is the role of an educational institution? To provide circuses?
None of this is to deny not only the fun but social and health aspects of team athletics. But at what expense? Maybe alumni can be boosters but in these times of rising tuitions- it seems almost obscene to be emphasizing sporting teams.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 3, 2013 at 6:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mens sana in corpore sano.

Oblati (anonymous profile)
January 3, 2013 at 8:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I hope the new SBCC president Lori Gaskin corrects this mistake.

An athletic program exists to help develop the whole person through competition, to stimulate a lasting attitude of discipline and sportsmanship and promote ethnic and cultural diversity.

Eliminating one sport over another violates equal opportunity for all student-athletes.

Tennis is under attack. First the City gives away the Los Positas Courts to a for-profit vendor and now the for profit athletic director violates the mission of college athletics. Ouch!!!

Georgy (anonymous profile)
January 4, 2013 at 8:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree with you Georgy. Looking back on my education, I'm glad I took (what I considered at the time to be) "irrelevant fluff" classes not related to my engineering major .... music, history, art, intramural sports. Those classes helped me become a better and more productive citizen (than I would have otherwise been).

As I get older, I'm more convinced than ever that education (even at the pre-school level) is a great investment and should include sports and curricula beyond "vocational" tracks. Besides discipline and sportsmanship, athletics also helps develop intangibles like teamwork and communications skills. These are skills sorely lackling in today's workplace and culture.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
January 4, 2013 at 10:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Tennis is a sport waning in popularity.. like baseball. Doesn't make them less worthy activities, just less popular for better or worse.
Though I do agree that " Besides discipline and sportsmanship, athletics also helps develop intangibles like teamwork and communications skills. These are skills sorely lackling in today's workplace and culture."

So does Debate Team and Theatre class too.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 4, 2013 at 11:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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