I know what you are thinking — who is that man hugging Joakim? That is University of Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley. He is an important guy. The headman at one of the biggest and best athletic departments in the nation.
I have expressed my opinion that a well run athletics program can really help a college or university. We have seen this in a number of example including the case of George Mason.
A New York Times article from yesterday deals with the subject of athletic departmental budgets. However, the main point is that the “big-time” college football mentality has recently even “bled into smaller sports”.
The athletic budget for the University of Florida is nearly $100M. That is a ridiculously large number, but who can say that it is too much?