Way back when the Arizona State swimming and wrestling programs were cut a couple of years ago, I posted one of my very first blogs at SwimNetwork. I wish I could find a link to it because I do not have it saved anywhere. (I asked the SwimNetwork editor to help me track it down but he said it was probably lost in the transition away from WMG.) In it, I cut and pasted a whole bunch of comments from one of the articles at AZCentral where people were bashing non-revenue sports and pretty much confirming that there are a whole bunch of morons out there who think college sports should only consist of football, baseball and men's basketball... the ones that supposedly "make money." One guy even told us swimmers to go to the local pool and do belly flops without expecting a free government handout if we want to swim so badly.
In that blog post I made a prediction: that in 10 years the NCAA would stop pretending they care about athletic/academic ideals and allow non-revenue sports to die, they would trade traditional wrestling for WWE-style action, and that the big conferences would move on to even bigger revenue sports like NASCAR.
So, you have to imagine the terror I felt when I saw a picture of the car Michael Waltrip is racing next weekend:
Granted, this car was designed to celebrate his alma mater's football national championship last year, but still... does no one else fear that this could be the beginning of a really dangerous relationship?