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JOHN BRUMMETT: Poor state? Psshaw!

By John Brummett

This article was published December 7, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

The University of Arkansas was in the process of being played like a cheap fiddle. It was offering a reported $50 million over seven years to make Gus Malzahn the fourth-highest or fifth-highest-paid coach of a college football team.

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KnuckleBall says... December 7, 2017 at 12:58 p.m.

I agree John, there was a report a couple of years ago about the poorest states in the nation. Five of them were in the South and all members of the SEC and those had the 5 highest paid football coaches in the nation. Yes, Arkansas was one of them.

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GeneralMac says... December 7, 2017 at 1:32 p.m.

..........."all members of the SEC "........
and those members of the SEC were savvy enough to get a lucrative TV deal ( SEC NETWORK ) that brings a lot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to member schools.

Them old southern boys from the SEC schools plucked a golden pear !

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TravisBickle says... December 7, 2017 at 2:03 p.m.

WOW, Brummett wrote a column that makes a little bit of sense. I think I'll buy a lottery ticket tonight.

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Shearload says... December 7, 2017 at 3:34 p.m.

Just crunched some numbers I found on the U of A website. Of entering freshmen in 2017, only 47% are from Arkansas. U of A is popular with Texas students (29% of freshmen) and those from other border states because it offers substantial cuts in out-of-state tuition and has lower academic requirements than major colleges in their own states.

So our tax money, for the most part, goes to educate out-of-state students with pretty average ACT scores.

This may help explain why the student section doesn't fill up for the Fayetteville games.

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Delta123 says... December 7, 2017 at 3:43 p.m.

Shearload, you are aware that students have to pay tuition to attend the University of Arkansas, right? LOTS and LOTS of tuition. I don't think our tax dollars, "for the most part", are used to educate out of state students.

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Shearload says... December 7, 2017 at 4:31 p.m.

In-state tuition at Fayetteville is a little over $9,000. Out-of-state tuition is about double that. But U of A waives most of the out-of-state charge for students from selected states; they pay a little over $10,000. Selected states mostly border Arkansas, but at least one (Illinois) does not.

For comparison, a decent private college in Arkansas, with no taxpayer support, charges over $25,000 per year (From the Lyon College website).

So, yes, taxpayers subsidize tuition for students attending state schools. That is, and always has been, the basic purpose of state schools. However, the subsidy is normally limited to state residents. Taxpayers would normally object to subsidizing tuition for non-residents. But Arkansas taxpayers apparently don't mind.

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Shearload says... December 7, 2017 at 4:50 p.m.

Left off the last paragraph above.

Since most entering freshman at U of A are not Arkansas residents and do not pay out-of-state tuition, the majority of taxpayer funds are spent to subsidize tuition for non-residents.

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davidscherreysbcglobalnet says... December 8, 2017 at 2:50 p.m.

The mainstream media has embarrassed itself once again after it was caught pushing ‘Trump-Russia’ fake news. This time, both CNN and CBS fell for inaccurate reports alleging a WikiLeaks email was sent to Donald Trump Jr.
It caps off a week of huge reporting blunders on the Russia probe after ABC Newsmischaracterized Michael Flynn's planned testimony and Reuters and Bloomberg misreported the target of a Mueller subpoena of Deutsche Bank..Every week several Fake news stories.

Go Hogs!

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