Shawn Heilbron, Stony Brook University's athletic director, certainly has a grand vision for the football program ["Stony Brook's transformer," Sports, Aug. 30]. But the rush to create a football powerhouse bears closer scrutiny.

A bigger stadium, more elaborate practice facilities and a larger, higher-paid coaching staff all seem to benefit Heilbron more than the students, teaching faculty, surrounding community or taxpayers.

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Even if his vision is made a reality, he might go on to a more prestigious job at a bigger university, and we might be stuck with higher taxes and student loan debt. No matter how the funds are raised, the ongoing fixed expenses will undoubtably be shouldered by county and state residents.

The article about Nassau Community College's past and likely future football success offers a stark counterpoint to SBU's extravagant plans ["Nassau CC has talent to go far," Sports, Aug. 30]. NCC seems to have built, on an admittedly smaller scale, a marvelous football program at minimal cost.

Building big should sometimes be tempered by a stringent cost-benefit analysis.

Bob Schneider, West Babylon