The situation back in the late '80s / early '90s was very similar to the one now. The state of Iowa was under a budget crunch, and funding was tight for the universities. Marvelous Marv's solution (with the governor's blessing) was essentially to make Iowa a one-university state.
Like weR138 said, I hope ISU has a BCS conference position locked up before the next governor is sworn in, because (assuming the polls hold) the battle on the academic side is going to be brutal enough. ISU doesn't need to be fighting wars on two fronts...
Yes, AD budget reduction is superficial compared to what the low-life Pomerantz did under the watch of Branstad.
Originally Posted by weR138
I don't know brother; I guess alums are gonna have to pay attention and speak up for our school...
Soon the ISU community may need to worry more about the devaluation of their degrees, not their football tickets.
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