Rutgers Athletics Grow at Expense of Academics

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Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Rutgers University students and alumni talk about about the New Jersey state university's increased funding for its sports programs amid cuts in the school's academic budget. The 245-year-old university spent more money on athletics than any other public institution in the six biggest football conferences during the 2009-2010 fiscal year, based on data compiled by Bloomberg. More than 40 percent of sports revenue came from student fees and the university’s general fund. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who gained national prominence after cutting state aid to cities, towns and school districts by $1.3 billion last year, declined multiple requests to discuss the Rutgers sports funding. So did Rutgers President Richard McCormick, who is retiring from the top job in June 2012. (Source: Bloomberg)


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