We've come a long way baby, and it all ain't good. . .
In 1961, a battle was raging at Ohio State between the world of academics and Sports, especially football. The Faculty Council had great concerns that OSU was becoming just a "football school" under Woody Hayes, which was hurting academics. Some felt that The Rose Bowl and its Tournament was becoming too commercial. So on November 28, 1961, The Faculty Council met and down voted The Rose Bowl invitation extended to OSU. It was a bitter decision for Woody, OSU players, its fans and football.
The Council made a statement to the effect "we hope this decision will vastly improve the university's reputation as an academic institution, first for services in a Cold War political economy."
So The Buckeyes stayed home and here is the quirk--if they had gone to The Rose Bowl and soundly beaten a UCLA team that they'd already beaten earlier in the year, they would have ended up undefeated and more than likely would been crowned national champs.*
So much for all of that. The paradigm has shifted mates. Money DRIVES IT ALL!
* (Information came from Bucknuts.) [Post edited by CincyPirate at 01/12/2021 9:19PM]