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Drafted by Dan Coonan

Athletics can and should play a pivotal role in any effort to position Santa Clara University among the nation's elite Catholic universities. Athletics has been inextricably linked with elite higher education for centuries, originating at Oxford and Cambridge, and with Catholic and Jesuit higher education specifically for well over a hundred years. While any discussion of the identity of the nation's elite Catholic schools is bound to generate extensive and passionate debate, certainly Georgetown, Notre Dame and Boston College for a variety of reasons each merit mention in that illustrious group, and it is no accident, I would submit, that each fields an aggressive and vibrant athletics program.

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