Even a million is a rounding error.$500k punitive on 145K damages is a big ratio and it means the jury most probably saw the injustice in how he was treated. Until you read the filing you will not know how many supporters he had. you are comparing changes to a fight song to condoning preferential treatment to athletes. This hurts the athletes much more than the school. I will ask you again; how much are you willing to to condone at Auburn.
Auburn can kill the degree. We have lots of degrees that have very low grad rates. Lesbian Studies? Take students, even athletes, out of degree programs and you can quickly defund an entire college.
Tech should probably kill the management degree. Since athletes typically enroll in that vs engineering. (Being fascetious).
TBH, I can only tell you what goes on in my school (Business). I have no special insight into Liberal Arts, Forestry or any other.