MU's embarrassing football spending spree
The Kansas City Star
The University of Missouri certainly is not the only school in the nation to go totally overboard in spending to expand its football stadium and football program.
But at a time when the state legislature is grossly underfunding educational programs at MU, school officials have announced a grand building program for the sports department.
With the help of the anonymous donors on Kansas City Sports Trust, MU is going to expand its football stadium by a few thousand seats, build a new weight room for the Tiger players and spend tens of millions of dollars doing it.
(UPDATE: See my blog post on what do the donors for KC Sports Trust really want?)
Sure, private donors are supposed to pay for all of these these sports-related improvements, not taxpayers.
But that doesn’t let MU off the hook. Or other football-crazy schools, either.
The dollars spent on football can’t be spent on education.
Wow, what irony: The MU system is in an educational bind, having to cut tens of millions of dollars from is core function for the coming year.
And for all MU fans, this KU alum doesn’t much support this spending either in Lawrence.
The MU development shows the misplaced priorities of groups such as the Kansas City Sports Trust, a mysterious organization that reportedly gave $30 million to these improvements.
Seriously: If you are a member of that group, why would you want to remain anonymous?