Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Question That Must Be Asked

I'm sure that everyone reading this is more than familiar with the BS going on in college sports (Football) involving expansion including but not limited to: The Longhorn Network, Texas A&M fleeing the Big XII (the conference that has ten schools, not the one that actually has 12) for the SEC, the threat of a lawsuit to delay such a defection led by former Whitewater Special Prosecutor, and current Baylor president Ken Starr, and the overall doom and gloom "Superconference" conjecture coming from talking head radio hosts/newspaper columnists in every corner of the country. There is one Fundamental question that must be asked with all of this expansion crap that has been happening recently:

Oops.. Wrong question.  
The real question that must be asked is: When will the NCAA stop this masquerade of amateurism and call a spade a spade? 
If the Olympics have proven anything, they have proven that amateurism has been and always will be a joke. It baffles me that the NCAA isn't able to recognize something that they have known in Europe decades ago. It is no longer about education for these kids, that's for non-revenue sports and Division III. Major college athletic departments in the age of the BCS are pro sports clubs minus the benefits to the athletes.

It's gotten to the point where I don't care anymore if Reggie Bush's parents got a house, or if Nevin Shapiro paid for a few kids to bang prostitutes, because the NCAA has created a situation in which there is so much incentive to cheat, and if you're not cheating, you're losing. It is very similar to the steroid era in baseball when great players like Barry Bonds juiced so that they could keep up with good players who were putting up massive numbers because they had some chemical help, or any sprinter who saw how incredible steroids made Ben Johnson.

The problem: There is no equitable solution. Other than raising minimum admissions standards, (which schools have found ways to get around,) there is no way that the NCAA can fix things without exponentially increasing the size of their investigation/enforcement staff and doing constant audits on every single school, which is simply not feasible, so we will likely see BS like this until major college football schools break off from the NCAA and form a competitor to the NFL.


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