The Penn State case does not involve the core of what is rotten about big-time college football, but it may be sufficient to tumble the house of cards.
Sports Illustrated claims there is no way to pay athletes what research indicates they are worth. After all, college athletics doesn't generate a profit. The problem with this approach is that decision-makers in college sports don't have much of an incentive to generate profits.
Not one story goes by without calling Paterno 'Coach'. This tragedy is not about a 'Coach'. What some sportscasters, fans, and a small but violent flash mob of students fail to realize is that this story is not about sports.
After seeing he amounts of money that college football produces, it is not fair that the people who are the primary reason why the NCAA make that type of money -- the football players -- do not get paid.
Each year NCAA schools sign more and more international players to scholarships. Many of these players are role players, but some are key players for their teams.
It's 2020 and the look of athletic conferences throughout the NCAA has dramatically changed with the emergence of what is now being called the football Mega-Conferences.
The free market determines the price paid to colleges and conferences for televised games. If there are only four major conferences, there certainly is the possibility of something less than a free market.
College athletes will never be paid a salary to play for their school. There are far too many logistical, economic and legal hurdles that would have to disappear before paying students could even become a reality.
No available scholarship? No problem. Current player, Michael Andre Bradley, a 6'10" backup center, has decided to give up his scholarship so Drummond can join his team. Wait... what?
The fact that football and basketball student-athletes are mostly minorities, and therefore more likely than the population as a whole to be impoverished, is an indictment of the failure and lack of fairness of our educational system.
The University of Miami fiasco is only the latest in a series of contretemps that spread back over a century. While enforced amateurism is a post-World War II phenomenon, college athletics have been causing trouble on campus for much longer.
Kirk Schulz, the president of Kansas State University, is one of more than 50 college leaders who will travel to Indianapolis early next week for a high-level NCAA retreat.
Throughout the course of the NFL's lockout, fans took to labeling NFL players as greedy and overpaid. Such labels are unfair. Like any other urban legend, the myth that NFL athletes are overpaid can easily be refuted with basic research.
7 on 7's provide student-athletes with a chance to improve their skills, learn new techniques, and in some cases learn about the crucial next steps to have an opportunity to play college football and earn a degree.
If Ohio State is bigger than sports -- and teaching, research and service are the virtues it truly wishes to stand behind -- shouldn't their integrity be the thing they're worried about?
I hate what Tressel did. I hate that he lied. But even more, I hate that I put him in a position to break my heart so much. He should never have been there in the first place.