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Is college football program worth it?

John A. Fry, president of Drexel University in Philadelphia, thinks more colleges should reconsider whether it’s worth keeping their football programs – or, in the case of Wichita State University, whether it’s worth adding one. “A NCAA study last year found that only 20 of the nearly 130 university athletic programs in the top-flight Football Bowl Subdivision enjoyed a positive operating margin,” he wrote in a Wall Street Journal commentary last week. “The average loss was $17.6 million.” Drexel hasn’t fielded a team since 1973, which Fry said provides a strategic advantage. “Our student athletes in other sports win conference championships.... But we focus entirely and exclusively on our mission: delivering a high-quality education for all students,” he wrote. “More universities should feel welcome to join us.” – Phillip Brownlee