July 26, 2021
These seismic shifts shake to our core,
Student-athletes to profit,
The Big-12 probably no more.
Transfer's become an open door,
Damaged hinges taken off it,
Now with advantages galore.
You better straddle this thin line
Where unstable forces rub fault
In places where light doesn't shine.
Lamenting what is left behind
Means missing all which should be sought
During a time to redesign.
As academics get in place
To bemoan what they say is lost,
They'll cite more than a knowledge base
That liberal arts doth embrace,
Bits of opportunity cost
And what's critical in a race.
We act as if money taints us,
Dilutes what we must deliver,
Tars us with a giant paintbrush,
While we still scorn what constrains us,
Reduce us to just a sliver.
God forbid, a cash flow makes us.
All the skills that school accounts for -
Grit, patience, and humility -
Run aside the completed score
Built from a supportive structure
That expands one's ability
To play just a little bit more.