This is a very interesting article.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, and UW Administration has obviously been reading the Dawgman message boards.
It's kind of assumed: Big-money boosters will, from time to time, try to influence the direction of their favorite college teams, however discreetly. But when Ed Hansen — lawyer, multimillionaire, University of Washington alumnus and former three-term Everett mayor — wrote UW President Mark Emmert six weeks ago, he abandoned all sense of delicacy.
It is followed up with an Op-Ed piece that President Emmert wrote for the Times on collegiate sports in general.
Americans' passion for sports is far from unique. Many nations share our love of athletic competition. What is unique about America is the extent to which we have linked sports to our universities. Only in America are intercollegiate athletics a national obsession.