Q: Why did President Eisgruber decide to discontinue Sprint Football?
A: You can read his rationale here: http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S46/04/01G94/index.xml?section=topstories. He points to three main reasons: a concern for player safety, a lack of competitiveness and the changing composition of the Collegiate Sprint Football League.
Q: Well, if it is unsafe, isn’t that a good reason to stop playing?
A: Sprint Football is no more dangerous than the heavyweight sport, probably less so. Notice that President Eisgruber did not say Sprint Football is unsafe but that he is concerned about “the safety of the sport as currently constituted at Princeton…” (emphasis added). In a letter to Sprint alumni, President Eisgruber clarified this point, “…our inadequate number or participants can lead to too many players having to play while fatigued or in unfamiliar positions, thus increasing the risk of serious injury.”
Q: OK, if there are not enough players to play safely, isn’t that a good reason to stop playing?
A: Perhaps, but this problem is easily solved by the addition of a few Sprint Football admission slots.
Q: The team has lost 106 straight league games. Isn’t it time to give up?
Q: But doesn’t the Princeton Athletic department strive for excellence in its mission statement?
A: Yes, and that is precisely why the team should get the support it needs to succeed. Again, if the team received admission slots like the other 36 varsity sports at Princeton it would be as competitive at the other varsity sports.
Collegiate Sprint Football League
Q: President Eisgruber refers to “…changes that have taken place in the league…” What changes?
A: Army, Navy, Penn, Cornell and Princeton have been in this small league for decades. Beginning in 2008, new schools joined the league, which now includes Mansfield University, Post University, Franklin Pierce University and Chestnut Hill College.
Q: Why does this matter?
A: We don’t know. Other Princeton teams play in leagues other than the Ivy League. This is a question that is best asked of President Eisgruber.
Q: If it solves the team’s problems, why not add admission slots?
A: We don’t know. Every other varsity team relies on admission slots to be competitive. President Eisgruber states without explanation that it was not possible to provide admission spots to Sprint Football.
Q: Wait a minute, every other team gets admission slots? Why should Sprint Football be treated differently?
A: This is another question for President Eisgruber.
Q: Did Princeton previously provide admission slots to Sprint Football?
A: The team received admission slots up until the late 1990s and it is no coincidence that the team has not won a league game in 17 years.
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