Probably true, and that’s better than nothing, but doesn’t change the bigger and more important point that football for Butler is expensive, low-level, and embarrassing. I always hear this, but it doesn’t make sense. If you replace the 100 guys on the team with 60 females and 40 males (butler’s male-female ratio), the ratio of butler’s 4800 students goes from 60-40 to 61-39. It’s not material. And no non-football player male chooses Butler because it has a crappy football team. (On the other hand, being better at basketball might help, but the important point is that there are more efficient ways to change the gender ratio, surely, than adding a percent through a low level football program.) Implying Butler can’t find 100 tuition paying students with credentials comparable to the football team is...I mean c’mon. See point above. The football team does not materially change the gender ratio. If that’s the goal, there are far more efficient ways to do that. Not if you replaced it with some other sport. Several Big East teams have men’s swimming, for instance, and this is a Big East sponsored sport. Does anyone come to homecoming to watch the football game? No one that I know. The non-football Big East schools have homecoming weekends and I’m sure they do some things well and probably attract a comparable number of people. Copy the best of it.