Hardly had Alabama and Boise State settled in as co-champions of college football, did this new decade open with a veritable bombast of negativity about college sports. Coaches were fired for being abusive to players, coaches jumped contracts, money kept rolling into the fun and games, and even the Secretary of Education popped up to excoriate the whole business. The stink just continues to rise, but don't worry, college fans, nothing good will come out of all the complaints.
We can start with
College athletic departments always respond,
And booster buddies -- the coaches. Never have their excesses been more pinpointed. Besides the three highly-paid football coaches fired for physically mistreating their unpaid athletic workers, we had even more spectacular job jumping.
Coaches are seldom penalized and seldom criticize each other. But
The sorrow is that college sports have the capacity to soil almost anyone who is enticed by them.
But the truth is, sadly, that so many of these players are just sham students, being passed along. Don't waste your time with college sports, Mr. Secretary. American education has enough real problems ... and no boosters to pay the bills.