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April 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Coach Bennett leaves WSU

Stop paying insane salaries for coaches

Our schools are woefully short of money for many of their core functions — and yet they keep paying insane salaries for their sports coaches [“Bennett leaves WSU, accepts job at Virginia,” page one, March 31] while there is less and less money available for students and teaching staff.

When do we finally realize that the primary function of our schools is not to run a sports business, but to teach? It is a myth that school sports bring in money; when all costs are counted, most school sports are breaking even at best.

Let our institutions of higher learning, once the envy of the world, focus again on teaching, for which we need the best teachers, not grossly overpaid sports coaches.

— Wolfgang Mack, Seattle

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