What is it about a high profile athletic program that makes it more deserving of the state-of-the-art practice facilities and various other resources costing tens of millions of dollars when tenure and non-tenure track teaching positions are being cut across the board, schools in areas like the humanities are long starved for space and resources, and other courses of studies at BYU are cut altogether? And if the energy and resources put into the BYU football program aren't justified on the basis of the program being an effective missionary tool, on what basis are they justified?

 

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Marc Bohn graduated from BYU, and received a JD from George Washington University. He focuses on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), export controls and economic sanctions, and other international trade and policy issues. He also blogs at timesandseasons.org.