I’m a college sports fan who thinks that major universities are bullying small colleges and HBCUs who are also NCAA members.

Each weekend during the football and basketball seasons we have to watch the horrendous scores of major NCAA powerhouses crushing small colleges and universities on the football fields and basketball arenas. This weekend, Sept. 21, for example, Miami U. beat Savannah State 77-7, Florida state beat Bethune-Cookman 54-6 and Louisville beat Florida International 77-0. How can a coach from these defeated colleges and their counterparts recruit a high school prospect when he’s looking at the same scores we are viewing. Nevertheless, on occasions we may get the chance to see a small college Appalachian State (David) slay a powerhouse Michigan (Goliath) several years ago or Coppin State U. defeat South Carolina U. in the NCAA basketball tournament in the 1990s. Some people will say that the powerhouses are doing the small colleges and universities a favor by paying them lucrative fees that can be used to fund their athletic departments. That may be true; however, the fees from the games do not put most athletic programs in the financially stable status.

One solution that could be considered is matching funds provided by the NCAA for each football and basketball game scheduled. Let’s remember the powerhouse universities football teams subsidize a major portion of their athletic departments’ budgets annually. We know that the NCAA makes millions of dollars each year and the matching funds could help get the smaller schools out of a budget deficit. The small colleges and HBCUs’ alumni from these small institutions of higher learning are embarrassed, laughed at and ridiculed by co-workers and peers on a weekly basis during the fall and spring months of the year. The NCAA should appoint a committee to see how this form of bullying can be stopped.

Larry Harcum


Larry Harcum

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