Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Swords to Ploughshares

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Six years ago, Michael Sorrell made a decision that threatened his reputation and maybe his job.

His tenure as president of Paul Quinn College started in 2007 and, shortly thereafter, he opted to cut football in an effort to save money.

The response on campus was not pleasant.

“Predictably, we had folks who were, I guess, the reaction was loud,” Sorrell says.

This was in football-nuts Dallas, only seven miles from the heart of the city. Sorrell was not anti-sports, either. He played basketball and loved football. He just felt the sport was “something economically we could not justify.”

Sorrell made an offer to the angry defenders of the sport: Raise $2 million to save football, and he would match it.

“To date,” Sorrell says, “no one has raised a dollar.”

They plowed the football field, and put up an organic farm. Via @zunguzungu via @pankisseskafka and @noeljackson.

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  1. I love that they left remnants of the football field and had the foresight to keep the sprinkler system. My only suggestion would be to put the scoreboard to use to measure the field’s food output somehow. Or maybe change the “Home” score to read “Brain Injuries” with a zero (of course) under it.

    mattintoledo

    December 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm


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