Faculty, Students Urge That EMU Drop Football


Here are the opening paragraphs of an article by Martin Slagter on the Michigan Live website:

“Howard Bunsis is keeping the heat on Eastern Michigan University, recommending the school drop Division I football and join the Horizon League.

“Bunsis, accounting professor and treasurer of the EMU-AAUP, suggested the university consider making the switch during Friday’s Board of Regents meeting, in the wake of HBO’s airing of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” last week, which shined an unpleasant national spotlight on the university’s funding of its athletic department.

“Bunsis pointed to the fact that EMU must subsidize 80 percent of its budget, or around $27 million of the $33.9 million it spent in 2014-15–-the highest percentage of any school in the Mid-American Conference–-according to data provided recently by USA Today.

“’Culturally and geographically, EMU football will simply never succeed from an attendance and financial standpoint,’ he said during his…

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