... and it'll prove why I'm in grad school posting on message boards instead of working in college athletic departments
I applaud your approach of working on your degree and supporting your teams. I doubt that any of your instructors will ever teach you one thing they SHOULD teach in their sports management classes, and that's the hard life lessons of internal politics in athletic departments. They most likely will paint a rosy picture due, in part, to at least one of the following suggestions:
a) they don't know about the inner dirt
b) they know about the inner dirt but won't mention it because they still work for THE MAN and their jobs would be in jeopardy if they said anything
c) they're part of the inner dirt
Still, you'd think one of your classes would touch on topics like
how to stay honest in a rigged system
how to keep your nose clean
how to present your positive points of view without being seen as a dissenter or "not a team player"
Hang in there, Cinci, and keep your eyes open.