A school either is or it isn’t.

Alabama is.

Notre Dame is.

Ohio State is.

Michigan is.

Texas is.

Missouri thinks it is but is not, Minnesota was but is no longer, Wisconsin just discovered what the meaning of is is.

Those opening lines hit pavement 16 years ago this month as part of one of the most enjoyable stories Rankman ever penned in 34 years at the Los Angeles Times.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.