Helen S wrote:I do realize that the huge amount of TV money floating around for football and basketball has changed things, but pre big TV, the football programs did not make money and there were still "big time" track programs.
The big programs always made money, but TV has just made it bigger, and remember there was no Title IX sucking up millions 40 years ago. I guess it also depends on your definition of "big-time". To be more precise, if there were no BCS/AQ-conference college football and all the money it brings to their athletic departments, I don't think state governments would make their taxpayers fund $4-5 million track budgets (the going rate at schools like Oregon, Arkansas, Texas A&M, etc.) at a time when many state universities are laying off faculty and staff to make ends meet.