Much hand wringing has been done in the past century about the “professionalization” of athletics on college campuses, how athletics is corrupting the academic mission of higher education and so forth. Indeed, many more programs compete in college athletics today than in the past and schools are still regularly making the jump to Division I status.
Ponder this: how many of the schools in the Division III level are public universities? how much of the jumping up to Division I has come from schools in the public sector? Why/how have the private schools largely been able to “opt” out of this “harmful arms race?” What does it tell us about the overwhelming support that State U gets for its athletic programs at the same time the same citizens are complaining about access to higher education? Is the DIII phenomenon almost exclusively private because economies of scale prevent these schools from having big time sports? Why are some private DIII schools considering creating a new Division IV, which would place even less emphasis on athletics and more on academics. Is there NO reason why there are differences between the government schools and private schools here?
Inquiring minds want to know.