Should be clear which phase we're now in.
College football played on a national stage potentially provides an important branding opportunity for a University, and it was worth pursing. But it didn't work out for us, and at this stage we're doing little but reinforcing our image as a 2nd rate university.
It's time to direct those resources into other areas that might be of more benefit. Our own state legislature has clearly defined us as a 2nd tier institution behind UF and FSU - why not redirect our top-tier coach's salary to lobbyists or other forces necessary to raise our profile and funding in our own state? Or to raise the profile of another of our research programs to international prominence? These things would have direct benefits for all of us.
Again, a nationally competitive football team was a worthy goal. But we didn't make it. Maybe one day we'll have a chance to try again, but not for the foreseeable future. So for now let's cut it back to a small program in a small conference and direct our energies elsewhere.
Edited by EduBull, 01 September 2013 - 10:19 AM.