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University of Akron.

Quote:Akron became the latest Division I school to cut athletic programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic when it announced Thursday it is eliminating its men's cross country, men's golf and women's tennis programs. The cuts, which also include job cuts and salary reductions for some Zips coaches, are collectively expected to reduce the university's financial support of the Akron athletic department by $4.4 million — a decrease of 23%.

The cuts are "being taken as part of the University's overall redesign to emerge from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that financially stabilizes the institution," the university said.

"These decisions are very difficult but they are important and necessary at this time," Akron Athletic Director Larry Williams said in a statement. "This action aligns us with our Mid-American Conference peers in the total number of sports and is part of the ongoing effort to redesign the University to ensure that UA continues to invest in high-demand, high-quality academic programs."

Where Is The Financial Bottom?
Toledo is moving all of their coaches to mandatory 4 day work weeks in their off-seasons, as well as trimming recruiting budgets and reviewing all schedules for games with too much of a travel burden. I'd be surprised if some of these schools play out of conference games in any sports coming soon. These are not the only cuts, just the ones I've heard from coaches and staff from the initial wave...more cuts will likely be announced once the budget submission deadline of tomorrow, May 15th, hits up here.

I know there are at least 4 colleges who have been forced to cut multiple millions, so if Athletics doesn't have a bill that size there will be a riot.
(05-14-2020 07:55 PM)UCGrad1992 Wrote: [ -> ]University of Akron.

Quote:Akron became the latest Division I school to cut athletic programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic when it announced Thursday it is eliminating its men's cross country, men's golf and women's tennis programs. The cuts, which also include job cuts and salary reductions for some Zips coaches, are collectively expected to reduce the university's financial support of the Akron athletic department by $4.4 million — a decrease of 23%.

The cuts are "being taken as part of the University's overall redesign to emerge from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that financially stabilizes the institution," the university said.

"These decisions are very difficult but they are important and necessary at this time," Akron Athletic Director Larry Williams said in a statement. "This action aligns us with our Mid-American Conference peers in the total number of sports and is part of the ongoing effort to redesign the University to ensure that UA continues to invest in high-demand, high-quality academic programs."

Where Is The Financial Bottom?

Akron has been such a badly mismanaged basket case for so long, I think this was more an instance of using the cover of COVID to do what was going to be inevitable under any circumstances. A lot of talk about the whole school ending up being merged into Kent.

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(05-15-2020 09:10 AM)Bearcat 1985 Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-14-2020 07:55 PM)UCGrad1992 Wrote: [ -> ]University of Akron.

Quote:Akron became the latest Division I school to cut athletic programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic when it announced Thursday it is eliminating its men's cross country, men's golf and women's tennis programs. The cuts, which also include job cuts and salary reductions for some Zips coaches, are collectively expected to reduce the university's financial support of the Akron athletic department by $4.4 million — a decrease of 23%.

The cuts are "being taken as part of the University's overall redesign to emerge from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that financially stabilizes the institution," the university said.

"These decisions are very difficult but they are important and necessary at this time," Akron Athletic Director Larry Williams said in a statement. "This action aligns us with our Mid-American Conference peers in the total number of sports and is part of the ongoing effort to redesign the University to ensure that UA continues to invest in high-demand, high-quality academic programs."

Where Is The Financial Bottom?

Akron has been such a badly mismanaged basket case for so long, I think this was more an instance of using the cover of COVID to do what was going to be inevitable under any circumstances. A lot of talk about the whole school ending up being merged into Kent.

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yup, another example of the famous quote "you find out who has been swimming naked when the tide goes out".
(05-15-2020 09:10 AM)Bearcat 1985 Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-14-2020 07:55 PM)UCGrad1992 Wrote: [ -> ]University of Akron.

Quote:Akron became the latest Division I school to cut athletic programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic when it announced Thursday it is eliminating its men's cross country, men's golf and women's tennis programs. The cuts, which also include job cuts and salary reductions for some Zips coaches, are collectively expected to reduce the university's financial support of the Akron athletic department by $4.4 million — a decrease of 23%.

The cuts are "being taken as part of the University's overall redesign to emerge from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that financially stabilizes the institution," the university said.

"These decisions are very difficult but they are important and necessary at this time," Akron Athletic Director Larry Williams said in a statement. "This action aligns us with our Mid-American Conference peers in the total number of sports and is part of the ongoing effort to redesign the University to ensure that UA continues to invest in high-demand, high-quality academic programs."

Where Is The Financial Bottom?

Akron has been such a badly mismanaged basket case for so long, I think this was more an instance of using the cover of COVID to do what was going to be inevitable under any circumstances. A lot of talk about the whole school ending up being merged into Kent.

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NEOMED kind of built that footprint, and I've been on the bandwagon for all of the secondary regional schools to do something similar for years as you know.
BGSU...

Quote:On Friday, Bowling Green State University announced that it has eliminated its baseball program, effective immediately.

BGSU Athletics said the action is being taken as part of a plan for a $2 million reduction to the operating budget of the intercollegiate athletics department. The move impacts 34 student-athletes and three coaches.

"This was a very difficult, but necessary, decision," Director of Athletics Bob Moosbrugger said. "As a baseball alumnus, my heart breaks for the families affected by this decision. We will ensure the student-athletes in the program have support during this challenging time. We will honor their scholarship agreements through graduation and, should they pursue their collegiate baseball career elsewhere, we will assist in the process of finding a new home."

"While we remain committed to supporting Division I athletics programs, we must do this in a financially sustainable approach," said BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers. "We have made the difficult decision to eliminate the baseball program due to financial constraints. This decision was not made lightly, and does not reflect the rich history of the program, including five Mid-American Conference championships and four NCAA regional appearances."

Additionally, BGSU announced the restructuring of the Department of Recreation and Wellness to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

It's Just Gettin' Started

Here's the current list of program cuts...

Old Dominion - Wrestling
Cincinnati - Men's Soccer
Florida International - Men's Track, 22 AD employees furloughed, AD Director Pete Garcia deferring salary for one year
Akron - Men's Cross Country, Men's Golf, Women's Tennis
Bowling Green - Baseball
(05-15-2020 10:02 AM)BearcatMan Wrote: [ -> ]NEOMED kind of built that footprint, and I've been on the bandwagon for all of the secondary regional schools to do something similar for years as you know.

None of them will agree to be merged into another. It will only happen if some form of new independent name-neutral umbrella university is formed for them to join. Which would be an instant AAC school.
(05-16-2020 06:35 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-15-2020 10:02 AM)BearcatMan Wrote: [ -> ]NEOMED kind of built that footprint, and I've been on the bandwagon for all of the secondary regional schools to do something similar for years as you know.

None of them will agree to be merged into another. It will only happen if some form of new independent name-neutral umbrella university is formed for them to join. Which would be an instant AAC school.

Yeah, itnwould have to come from the state, and the efficiency analyses the state had every University overtake a few years back was the first thing that piqued the interest of a lot of those who want regional educational consortiums (like myself). That was the first step...identifying regional redundancies or departments that could be absorbed/migrated to other campuses. Next is going to be whole colleges.
(05-16-2020 08:37 AM)BearcatMan Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 06:35 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-15-2020 10:02 AM)BearcatMan Wrote: [ -> ]NEOMED kind of built that footprint, and I've been on the bandwagon for all of the secondary regional schools to do something similar for years as you know.

None of them will agree to be merged into another. It will only happen if some form of new independent name-neutral umbrella university is formed for them to join. Which would be an instant AAC school.

Yeah, itnwould have to come from the state, and the efficiency analyses the state had every University overtake a few years back was the first thing that piqued the interest of a lot of those who want regional educational consortiums (like myself). That was the first step...identifying regional redundancies or departments that could be absorbed/migrated to other campuses. Next is going to be whole colleges.

I've gone even further when it comes to Ph.D programs. Establish a set number that Ohio should have: for example, 2 in history and philosophy, 4 in chemistry, 3 in Biology. And then go by the NRC evaluations (take state politics entirely out of it) to determine which ones get the ax. Focus funding on those programs that are nationally relevant or at least have the capability of becoming nationally relevant.
(05-16-2020 06:35 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-15-2020 10:02 AM)BearcatMan Wrote: [ -> ]NEOMED kind of built that footprint, and I've been on the bandwagon for all of the secondary regional schools to do something similar for years as you know.

None of them will agree to be merged into another. It will only happen if some form of new independent name-neutral umbrella university is formed for them to join. Which would be an instant AAC school.

Than let Akron go bankrupt. No state bailout whatsoever. Let nature take its course and correct the mistake of absorbing it into the state system in the first place. UT and Wright State too. Let it force OU and BGSE and Cleveland State into their proper roles in a rationale state system. No more empire building.

In a perfect world, the Univesity System of Ohio would have been given the mandate and political support to enact and manage such changes. That's not Ohio politics, however, so perhaps it will need to be done with the harsher and more abrupt hand of economics.
(05-16-2020 09:13 AM)Bearcat 1985 Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 06:35 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-15-2020 10:02 AM)BearcatMan Wrote: [ -> ]NEOMED kind of built that footprint, and I've been on the bandwagon for all of the secondary regional schools to do something similar for years as you know.

None of them will agree to be merged into another. It will only happen if some form of new independent name-neutral umbrella university is formed for them to join. Which would be an instant AAC school.

Than let Akron go bankrupt. No state bailout whatsoever. Let nature take its course and correct the mistake of absorbing it into the state system in the first place. UT and Wright State too. Let it force OU and BGSE and Cleveland State into their proper roles in a rationale state system. No more empire building.

In a perfect world, the Univesity System of Ohio would have been given the mandate and political support to enact and manage such changes. That's not Ohio politics, however, so perhaps it will need to be done with the harsher and more abrupt hand of economics.

it wouldn't be the university system of ohio. it would be the ohio state university system and my alma mater would be rebranded as ohio state university at Cincinnati (osuC) Bearcats. UC ain't exempt from slippery slopes.
(05-16-2020 09:38 AM)eroc Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 09:13 AM)Bearcat 1985 Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 06:35 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-15-2020 10:02 AM)BearcatMan Wrote: [ -> ]NEOMED kind of built that footprint, and I've been on the bandwagon for all of the secondary regional schools to do something similar for years as you know.

None of them will agree to be merged into another. It will only happen if some form of new independent name-neutral umbrella university is formed for them to join. Which would be an instant AAC school.

Than let Akron go bankrupt. No state bailout whatsoever. Let nature take its course and correct the mistake of absorbing it into the state system in the first place. UT and Wright State too. Let it force OU and BGSE and Cleveland State into their proper roles in a rationale state system. No more empire building.

In a perfect world, the Univesity System of Ohio would have been given the mandate and political support to enact and manage such changes. That's not Ohio politics, however, so perhaps it will need to be done with the harsher and more abrupt hand of economics.

it wouldn't be the university system of ohio. it would be the ohio state university system and my alma mater would be rebranded as ohio state university at Cincinnati (osuC) Bearcats. UC ain't exempt from slippery slopes.

I disagree. OSU has never shown any inclination that they want to take over other campuses. Club a few out of existence perhaps, but not absorb them. And why would they? Things are going pretty well for them right now. Why would they take on a bunch of fiscal basket cases (not UC, but UT, OU, Akron, WSU)? All headache with no benefit.

What they have wanted is a rational, California style system. No empire building. End redundant Ph.D programs that can't crack the top 100 in the NRC rankings. Acknowledgement of their flagship role (c'mon people, let's just admit to both the reality and the history). Probably a separate funding bill for themselves.

Now, if UC was a partner in this, it could fundamentally change UC's standing in the system in a good way. I've posted all the NRC doctoral program rankings for Ohio publics +Case. In most cases, UC is much closer to the highest ranked MAC school than it is to OSU or Case. That's because OSU isn't the one holding us back. It's all the other Ohio publics who feel they need doctoral programs in everything from History to Astrophysics and subsequently spreading state funding far too thin. Ono's dream (delusion) of co-flagship is never going to happen, but in a sane, rational, structured system, UC is the only choice to be the secondary comprehensive research university to OSU. The Texas A&M to their Austin. Establish that role, and we become much more attractive as an undergraduate college (and statewide, not just in SWO). Perhaps get a separate funding appropriation a'la OSU. We become more attractive from an academic perception standpoint to a P5 conference. And maybe we do more to move towards AAU membership than anything Ono's hollow boasting ever did.

The big bully in Columbus is not who's limiting UC. It's the pack of little wanna-be's nipping at our heals. Outside of the Cincinnati metro area, the Ohio system is essentially viewed as OSU and Miami and everybody else in one similar group. We know that's not the case, but that is the perception, and often perception means as much or more than reality. Get outside of Ohio, and nobody makes any differentiation academically between UC and BG. Wouldn't being the Texas A&M to OSU's UT be a preferable situation for rankings, student recruitment, faculty recruitment, P5 positioning, research competitiveness and so on and so on.
(05-16-2020 09:38 AM)eroc Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 09:13 AM)Bearcat 1985 Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 06:35 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-15-2020 10:02 AM)BearcatMan Wrote: [ -> ]NEOMED kind of built that footprint, and I've been on the bandwagon for all of the secondary regional schools to do something similar for years as you know.

None of them will agree to be merged into another. It will only happen if some form of new independent name-neutral umbrella university is formed for them to join. Which would be an instant AAC school.

Than let Akron go bankrupt. No state bailout whatsoever. Let nature take its course and correct the mistake of absorbing it into the state system in the first place. UT and Wright State too. Let it force OU and BGSE and Cleveland State into their proper roles in a rationale state system. No more empire building.

In a perfect world, the Univesity System of Ohio would have been given the mandate and political support to enact and manage such changes. That's not Ohio politics, however, so perhaps it will need to be done with the harsher and more abrupt hand of economics.

it wouldn't be the university system of ohio. it would be the ohio state university system and my alma mater would be rebranded as ohio state university at Cincinnati (osuC) Bearcats. UC ain't exempt from slippery slopes.

California has two systems- the University of California and California State. Arguably we could be the Cal State of those two models. Also for branding perhaps it could be like the State University of New York were Schools like Buffalo, Albany, Stony Brook, etc have kept their individual brand.
(05-16-2020 11:01 AM)CliftonAve Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 09:38 AM)eroc Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 09:13 AM)Bearcat 1985 Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 06:35 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-15-2020 10:02 AM)BearcatMan Wrote: [ -> ]NEOMED kind of built that footprint, and I've been on the bandwagon for all of the secondary regional schools to do something similar for years as you know.

None of them will agree to be merged into another. It will only happen if some form of new independent name-neutral umbrella university is formed for them to join. Which would be an instant AAC school.

Than let Akron go bankrupt. No state bailout whatsoever. Let nature take its course and correct the mistake of absorbing it into the state system in the first place. UT and Wright State too. Let it force OU and BGSE and Cleveland State into their proper roles in a rationale state system. No more empire building.

In a perfect world, the Univesity System of Ohio would have been given the mandate and political support to enact and manage such changes. That's not Ohio politics, however, so perhaps it will need to be done with the harsher and more abrupt hand of economics.

it wouldn't be the university system of ohio. it would be the ohio state university system and my alma mater would be rebranded as ohio state university at Cincinnati (osuC) Bearcats. UC ain't exempt from slippery slopes.

California has two systems- the University of California and California State. Arguably we could be the Cal State of those two models. Also for branding perhaps it could be like the State University of New York were Schools like Buffalo, Albany, Stony Brook, etc have kept their individual brand.

Ideally, I would see tiers, each with its own funding model, allowable levels of grad/professional programs and undergrad selectivity.

Tier 1: OSU (flagship international research university, which is essentially just recognizing the reality on the ground)
Tier 2: UC (comprehensive national research university with selective admissions)
Tier 3: OU, Miami, merged UT-BG and merged KSU-AU (essentially, the old "four corners" campuses" (state schools with varying levels of undergraduate selectivity and limited doctoral, professional and research programs)
Tier 4: WSU, YSU, Shawnee CSU (open admission schools with extremely limited grad programs serving regional needs)

Miami is really the only odd fit since it's turned itself into Chicago's safety school to keep its selectivity somewhat competitive with OSU. Maybe just turn it loose as a private school. It clearly doesn't care about serving as an Ohio public university, and Ohio seems to feel the same way about it since 9 out of 10 Ohio kids who have admission to both OSU and Miami choose OSU.
(05-16-2020 09:13 AM)Bearcat 1985 Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 06:35 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-15-2020 10:02 AM)BearcatMan Wrote: [ -> ]NEOMED kind of built that footprint, and I've been on the bandwagon for all of the secondary regional schools to do something similar for years as you know.

None of them will agree to be merged into another. It will only happen if some form of new independent name-neutral umbrella university is formed for them to join. Which would be an instant AAC school.

Than let Akron go bankrupt. No state bailout whatsoever. Let nature take its course and correct the mistake of absorbing it into the state system in the first place. UT and Wright State too. Let it force OU and BGSE and Cleveland State into their proper roles in a rationale state system. No more empire building.

In a perfect world, the Univesity System of Ohio would have been given the mandate and political support to enact and manage such changes. That's not Ohio politics, however, so perhaps it will need to be done with the harsher and more abrupt hand of economics.

Nobody's asking for a state bailout. Akron will make cuts and use its reserves as necessary to continue as a going educational concern and support its physical investments. What it wouldn't do is voluntarily give up its name, history, strengths, etc. to be absorbed into another regional U. If Tosu wants to keep getting bigger (IDKITD) and/or ease congestion on the main campus it would make the most sense in the population center of NE Ohio where a lot of its students (and fans) are from. Things are ripe for the picking during a major crisis like this.
03-puke
(05-16-2020 11:22 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 09:13 AM)Bearcat 1985 Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 06:35 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-15-2020 10:02 AM)BearcatMan Wrote: [ -> ]NEOMED kind of built that footprint, and I've been on the bandwagon for all of the secondary regional schools to do something similar for years as you know.

None of them will agree to be merged into another. It will only happen if some form of new independent name-neutral umbrella university is formed for them to join. Which would be an instant AAC school.

Than let Akron go bankrupt. No state bailout whatsoever. Let nature take its course and correct the mistake of absorbing it into the state system in the first place. UT and Wright State too. Let it force OU and BGSE and Cleveland State into their proper roles in a rationale state system. No more empire building.

In a perfect world, the Univesity System of Ohio would have been given the mandate and political support to enact and manage such changes. That's not Ohio politics, however, so perhaps it will need to be done with the harsher and more abrupt hand of economics.

Nobody's asking for a state bailout. Akron will make cuts and use its reserves as necessary to continue as a going educational concern and support its physical investments. What it wouldn't do is voluntarily give up its name, history, strengths, etc. to be absorbed into another regional U. If Tosu wants to keep getting bigger (IDKITD) and/or ease congestion on the main campus it would make the most sense in the population center of NE Ohio where a lot of its students (and fans) are from. Things are ripe for the picking during a major crisis like this.

Nope^ I don’t see in anyway in which acquiring Akron would boost Ohio State’s national or international perception which has been the main focus for the last couple of decades especially since 2010.
(05-16-2020 11:22 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 09:13 AM)Bearcat 1985 Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 06:35 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-15-2020 10:02 AM)BearcatMan Wrote: [ -> ]NEOMED kind of built that footprint, and I've been on the bandwagon for all of the secondary regional schools to do something similar for years as you know.

None of them will agree to be merged into another. It will only happen if some form of new independent name-neutral umbrella university is formed for them to join. Which would be an instant AAC school.

Than let Akron go bankrupt. No state bailout whatsoever. Let nature take its course and correct the mistake of absorbing it into the state system in the first place. UT and Wright State too. Let it force OU and BGSE and Cleveland State into their proper roles in a rationale state system. No more empire building.

In a perfect world, the Univesity System of Ohio would have been given the mandate and political support to enact and manage such changes. That's not Ohio politics, however, so perhaps it will need to be done with the harsher and more abrupt hand of economics.

Nobody's asking for a state bailout. Akron will make cuts and use its reserves as necessary to continue as a going educational concern and support its physical investments. What it wouldn't do is voluntarily give up its name, history, strengths, etc. to be absorbed into another regional U. If Tosu wants to keep getting bigger (IDKITD) and/or ease congestion on the main campus it would make the most sense in the population center of NE Ohio where a lot of its students (and fans) are from. Things are ripe for the picking during a major crisis like this.

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(05-16-2020 12:02 PM)natibeast21 Wrote: [ -> ]03-puke
(05-16-2020 11:22 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 09:13 AM)Bearcat 1985 Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 06:35 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-15-2020 10:02 AM)BearcatMan Wrote: [ -> ]NEOMED kind of built that footprint, and I've been on the bandwagon for all of the secondary regional schools to do something similar for years as you know.

None of them will agree to be merged into another. It will only happen if some form of new independent name-neutral umbrella university is formed for them to join. Which would be an instant AAC school.

Than let Akron go bankrupt. No state bailout whatsoever. Let nature take its course and correct the mistake of absorbing it into the state system in the first place. UT and Wright State too. Let it force OU and BGSE and Cleveland State into their proper roles in a rationale state system. No more empire building.

In a perfect world, the Univesity System of Ohio would have been given the mandate and political support to enact and manage such changes. That's not Ohio politics, however, so perhaps it will need to be done with the harsher and more abrupt hand of economics.

Nobody's asking for a state bailout. Akron will make cuts and use its reserves as necessary to continue as a going educational concern and support its physical investments. What it wouldn't do is voluntarily give up its name, history, strengths, etc. to be absorbed into another regional U. If Tosu wants to keep getting bigger (IDKITD) and/or ease congestion on the main campus it would make the most sense in the population center of NE Ohio where a lot of its students (and fans) are from. Things are ripe for the picking during a major crisis like this.

Nope^ I don’t see in anyway in which acquiring Akron would boost Ohio State’s national or international perception which has been the main focus for the last couple of decades especially since 2010.

OSU already has a branch campus in Mansfield. They have zero need or desire to take on Akron.
(05-16-2020 12:02 PM)natibeast21 Wrote: [ -> ]03-puke
(05-16-2020 11:22 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 09:13 AM)Bearcat 1985 Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-16-2020 06:35 AM)Ohio Poly Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-15-2020 10:02 AM)BearcatMan Wrote: [ -> ]NEOMED kind of built that footprint, and I've been on the bandwagon for all of the secondary regional schools to do something similar for years as you know.

None of them will agree to be merged into another. It will only happen if some form of new independent name-neutral umbrella university is formed for them to join. Which would be an instant AAC school.

Than let Akron go bankrupt. No state bailout whatsoever. Let nature take its course and correct the mistake of absorbing it into the state system in the first place. UT and Wright State too. Let it force OU and BGSE and Cleveland State into their proper roles in a rationale state system. No more empire building.

In a perfect world, the Univesity System of Ohio would have been given the mandate and political support to enact and manage such changes. That's not Ohio politics, however, so perhaps it will need to be done with the harsher and more abrupt hand of economics.

Nobody's asking for a state bailout. Akron will make cuts and use its reserves as necessary to continue as a going educational concern and support its physical investments. What it wouldn't do is voluntarily give up its name, history, strengths, etc. to be absorbed into another regional U. If Tosu wants to keep getting bigger (IDKITD) and/or ease congestion on the main campus it would make the most sense in the population center of NE Ohio where a lot of its students (and fans) are from. Things are ripe for the picking during a major crisis like this.

Nope^ I don’t see in anyway in which acquiring Akron would boost Ohio State’s national or international perception which has been the main focus for the last couple of decades especially since 2010.

In a few select areas it actually would, but that wasn't the point. State flagship university, largest metropolis in the state, a match made in heaven.
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