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Coaches Vote Republican

2009 September 2
by Skip Sauer

Steve Kornacki did the research, reported today in the WSJ. Not on votes, exactly, but on contributions to Federal Election Campaigns in the 2008 cycle. Kornacki states that 20 coaches are listed as having donated to Republican campaigns, versus 3 to the Democrats — a landslide for the GOP! Perhaps this is the counterpoint to the observation that college campuses are filled with liberal faculty. ;)

The explanations? Tom Osborne jokes that liberals would claim that coaches are Republicans because, as former players, “they got hit in the head too much.” Lou Holtz — who recently considered a run for office as a Republican — goes for the rugged individualism line, ironically blended with a bit of team collective spirit….

“You aren’t entitled to anything. You don’t inherit anything. You get what you earn—your position on the team,” Mr. Holtz said. “You’re treated like everybody else. You’re held accountable for your actions. You understand that your decisions affect other people on that team… There’s winners, there’s losers, and there’s competitiveness.”

As usual, I’m not exactly sure what Lou said, but he does have the gift of the gab. My own stab at humor comes from former Arizona coach Dick Tomey, one of the three contributors to Democrats. It turns out that while at Arizona, Tomey decided that his staff would make an effort to …. get his players registered to vote. Say what? Tomey could perhaps have used a lesson in the economics of rational ignorance. With less attention on the part of his staff and players to politics (with a marginal impact of zero), and more time devoted to the passing game, Arizona might have won another game or two, and Tomey might have kept his job!

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