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Jun. 16, 2013 @ 09:55 PM

MU professor underestimates role of sports

A recent letter in The Herald-Dispatch by a Marshall University professor made me wonder about the faculty at Marshall.

The letter attacks a piece written by Chuck Landon that points out the importance of the university's athletic programs to the community.

"We Are Marshall," which tells the inspiring story of an entire community overcoming a tragedy, and the athletic departments, have brought national recognition to the university and revenue to the community.

I wonder how much the trips, books and other points mentioned in the letter have done to promote the university or add revenue to the area coffers?

Bet I know what the local business community feels about the money generated by Marshall's athletic programs.

Going online, in five minutes, I was able to learn that the average male Marshall professor makes over $76,000 per year. I bet the writer of the letter makes more than that. When he whined about rarely being able to attend games because he was not able to afford them, it made me wonder what he did with all his money.

J.P. Smith

South Point, Ohio

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