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Nov. 4, 1997

Fan support improves with win

As a Baylor alumnus, I have noticed something has been missing from Baylor football for a longtime -- spirit. My hat goes off to the Class of 2001 for renewing that 'Good Ole' Baylor spirit. I certainly hope to see them tear down more goalposts while they are at Baylor. I do not remember a more exciting football game than the one I witnessed on Saturday. The fans were in it and so was the team. I certainly hope that this is a new era of Baylor football -- congratulations, Coach Roberts.

Chris Loeffler

Class of '97

Goalpost documents spirit

I am of the Class of '72. I have never been prouder of the Baylor Bears than I was this last Saturday. It was amazing to see the student body and the alumni excited enough over a 2-6 team to tear down the goalposts. The idea of carrying the prize to the SUB was brilliant! The subsequent signing of the post by anyone who wanted to be a part of Baylor history was inspiring. I would strongly suggest that the administration consider replacing the stadium goal post with the one that was removed from the stadium, WITHOUT removing the signatures. I think one could easily predict a sell-out of the remaining home games. I know that I would be there.

Eddie Lunn

Class of'72

Athletics in different arena

I would like to point out the faulty reasoning used by the Lariat staff in their editorial 'Athletics, academics should receive equal university emphasis.'

The Lariat erroneously claims that one bad season could drive fans and money away to support their argument. If this were true, then the athletic department would not have sold a record number of season tickets for this football season in the wake of last year's disappointing 4-7 campaign. In fact, not only have season ticket sales increased, but the athletic department is also reaping the financial rewards of merchandise sales of the recently unveiled Baylor logo. A financially solid athletic program will weather the storm of one bad season, and besides, membership in the Big 12 conference virtually ensures a profit regardless of on-the-field performance (the possibility of Baylor losing membership in the conference is a moot point).

In addition, the editorial questioned whether increasing spending on academic programs would provide a more secure form of revenue than athletics by way of increased national recognition. This might seem plausible, but the editors fail to give any explanation of where this revenue would come from. It seems illogical that any revenue generated from national recognition would be more secure than revenue generated from an increase in gate receipts, advertising, media contracts, or merchandise sales that occur when the university invests in athletics.

Sean Urich

Political Science '98

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