In his Nov. 7 column, Scott Ostler makes a comparison between the penalty applied to the University of Kansas for recruiting violations and that imposed on the Dodgers in the Jay Howell incident.
It's a comparison between a nonprofit institution of higher learning and a professional sports franchise. Both were caught cheating and both involve athletes, but there the comparison ends.
The function of the first is to promote knowledge, the function of the second is to promote a profit for its owner.
It is a sad commentary on the university system in this country when it is viewed by many as a minor league for the NFL and the NBA.