Many foreigners find the level of US college athletics surprising but having grown up in this country I was shocked to find out European universities, for the most part, do not play each other in any sport, not even soccer. Where's the fun in that?
My next university trip will be to the University of Rochester, not a football powerhouse and in the same Division III wannabe-ivy league as the University of Chicago. Chicago used to be a football powerhouse, part of the Big Ten and had the first Heisman trophy winner, Jay Berwanger, in 1935. But then the new president Robert Maynard Hutchins who has been claimed to say "Whenever I feel like exercising, I lie down until that feeling goes away," eliminated the athletic programs and focused the university on academics. Only in the past few decades have they even had Division III teams.
With all this traveling, I won't be going to FOCS. But don't worry, I have lined up a special guest blogger to bring us all the gossip from the conference.