We should smash the corrupting influence of athletics in our high schools, colleges and universities. Like students in the rest of the world, Americans should go to school for no other purpose than to learn.
Instead of caring whether a coach will stay (because he won't), kids and parents need to be asking questions more in line with the culture of today.
Despite having an empire that itself is devoid of independent scrutiny or oversight, the NCAA has failed to come up with any real modern solution.
Is there any other penalty for the NCAA to enforce against the Penn State football program but the so-called death penalty?
Maybe Mike McQueary would have gone to the NCAA Ombudsman's office, if there was one, instead of Coach Paterno, and law enforcement and courts could have apprehended, charged, convicted, and jailed Jerry Sandusky years ago.
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.