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Every time I read of some tail wagging the dog university decision about sports, I've thought about this scene in "Horse Feathers". Unfortunately, I could never remember the scene word for word so I rented it from Netflix and have now transcribed it for posterity. Just think - even as far back as 1932 colleges had the whole point of sports programs bass ackwards.

Prof. Quincy Adams Wagstaff: And I say to you gentlemen that this college is a failure. The trouble is we're neglecting football for education.

Professors: (in unison) Exactly. The professor is right.

Prof. Quincy Adams Wagstaff: Oh, I'm right, am I? Well, I'm not right, I'm wrong. I just said that to test you. Now I know where I'm at. I'm dealing with a couple of snakes. What I meant to say is that there's *too* much football and not *enough* education.

Professors: (in unison) That's what I think.

Prof. Quincy Adams Wagstaff: Oh, you do, do you? Well, you're wrong again. If there was a snake here, I'd apologize. Where would this college be without football? Have we got a stadium?

Professors: (in unison) Yes.

Prof. Quincy Adams Wagstaff: Have we got a college?

Professors: (in unison) Yes.

Prof. Quincy Adams Wagstaff: Well, we can't support both. Tomorrow we start tearing down the college.
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