In any case, the MAC plans to go through with the legislation. Most MAC universities place high value on their athletic programs, and Ohio University President Roderick McDavis said he thinks athletics provides intangible benefits to a campus.
“I think there’s a certain esprit de corps that athletics helps to create on a campus,” Mr. McDavis said. “I think it’s a rallying point for students and for alumni as it relates to different athletic events that occur. I think it helps to promote the university.”