Prof.: Division I Football Killing Service Academies

Bruce Fleming is a current English professor at the United States Naval Academy who has taught at Annapolis for 23 years. This week he authored a provocative NEW YORK TIMES op-ed titled, “The Academies’ March Toward Mediocrity.

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In the piece, Fleming cites Division I football as a prime reason for an alleged downfall of the service academies, noting, “the academy’s former pursuit of excellence seems to have been pushed aside by the all-consuming desire to beat Notre Dame at football.”

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While Fleming doesn’t cite Division I athletics as the only reason for the “academies’ march toward mediocrity,“he gives specific examples as to why high profile sports is impugning the mission of those institutions. Read more…