[quote author=Pounder link=board=acc&thread=1089753506&start=1#0 date=1089756253]Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard have better things to do than upgrade their sports.
The actual Navy, Army, Air Force, etc. do have better things to do than upgrade their sports (yes, there actually are some.) The U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy probably do have better things to do than upgrade their sports, but they already been upgrading sports anyway. How do you explain Army and Navy getting rid of their old coaches and hiring new ones?? This is a very expensive proposition for these academies. It would have been more cost efficient to simply let the old coaches' contracts expire rather than buy them out. This did not happen at all. It would have made more sense, from a $$'s perspective, for Air Force to have football independent and put all the other sports in the Big West. But this is just my opinion.
Actually, if I recall correctly, we're a couple handfuls of years into a 30-year plan to merge the armed services. That doesn't necessarily affect the academies, for all I know (cadets, et al, will probably have to specialize anyway), and politics will dictate whether the final few steps are taken, but the point is to keep it cheaper. It's easier to push college football as a tax-supported tourism inducement in Alabama than it is nationwide.
This 30 yr plan to merge the armed services will flop. Each branch of the armed forces is very different from each other with the exception of the Navy and the Coast Guard. I suppose those two could be merged, but that's it. Trying to merge all of the armed forces would be like trying to merge all of the fraternities and the sororities into a one huge fraternity and one huge sorority. Won't work. As for national taxes, they've actually been decreasing. (Just like state colleges get support from their alums, military academies get support from their alums too. And some of that support goes right to sports. Therefore, national taxes do not have to be increased for Navy or Army to upgrade their basketball programs.) It's state taxes that have jumped considerably in recent years. (I've got a lot more to say on this subject, but I'll save it for another post on another board.)