In this moment of good cheer, I don't want to be the grump who mashed a potato or two. But when I see a front page headline in my hometown paper describing a bowl victory by the Akron Zips as making history in Idaho, the only thing that quickly comes to mind is the school's shrinking history department. There, the playing field is considerably smaller in the new universe of Ohio's Polytechnic University .
I am told by a respectable campus source that the department faculty is now down to 16 from a level of 24 - a one -third decline. Deck the halls!
Can you imagine the shrieks if the football team fielded only nine players instead of 11? That would be historic.
I know it's blasphemous for a casual college football fan like me, or anyody else, to raise such rhetorical non-academic questions . Maybe that small group of businessmen will explain it in their next ad.