Disclaimer: I’m not writing this as a professor at Butler. I’m writing it as an ALUM of Butler.
Here we go – WSJ posted a story today on the miracle of tiny Butler University making it from obscurity to the final four. First of all, we’ve been here. For a long time. Over 150 years. But, I am thankful that WSJ FINALLY is giving Butler some props in the press. Despite our fantastic winning streak AND the academic success of our players, we’re finally getting some love although we were NEVER the favorite in ANY of the games I watched.
Also, Cornell making it to near the end was impressive as well. Here’s why: because they don’t have any basketball scholarships. All their students basically walk on to play. It’s a school where dare I say…academics come first…?
Someone said if they did brackets on academic success via players’ GPAs, Butler would have already won the tournament. I say – props to both Butler and other schools that understand what’s the MOST IMPORTANT thing about college – EDUCATION. Not basketball. Not football. Yes, they’re nice, they give us someone to root for, but honestly, at the end of the day, I want as an alum for my colleagues of Butler to get a championship education more than anything else. If we can do that as an institution, we’ve already won.
Oh, yeah, and GO DAWGS!