OPINION: Blindside by the Blind Temple Board of Trustees

The 2013 Homecoming game of Temple's football program at Lincoln Financial Field. Higher attendance than normal because of the Homecoming.

The 2013 Homecoming game of Temple’s football program at Lincoln Financial Field. Higher attendance than normal because of the Homecoming.

This is my rare attempt at an editorial. Opinions on this hyperlocal story that I will not cover for any news organization in the Philadelphia area are my own.

I don’t think it’d be widely disputed that $3 million in college athletics is a drop in the bucket.

It’s a calamity that that’s reality. But… it’s reality.

If $3 million, out of a total $44 million budget, could save the jobs of nine college coaches and the pride of 150 student-athletes, wouldn’t college officials try to find some way to create a more balanced budget and save the livelihoods of all affected?

Nah, apparently not.

Sometimes, tough decisions need to be made. And the folks at my alma mater, Temple University, made the decision to cut seven sports programs, affecting those 150 student-athletes and nine full-time employees.

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