The Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on Athletics produced a Report on Varsity Athletics that is simply must reading for anyone interested in the role of athletics at Williams. Thanks to Professor Michael MacDonald, chair of the committee, for providing me a copy. (The College really ought to post this somewhere on its website, along with the reports of other such committees.)

The Report was released on May 3, 2002. You can read a Record news article, by our own Mike Needham ’04, here. I have also blogged about related topics in the past.

I am still in the process of reading the report, but, at a first pass, it seems extremely well-done. So far, I have one empirical question: If Williams eliminated “tips,” how well/poorly would our sports teams do? That is, how much do tips matter?

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