College football has lost its conscience

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 5, 2011 - 10:24 PM

When the stakes are high, and there is a feeling of entitlement, big-time programs -- Ohio State is today's headline -- push the rules out of the picture.

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drekonjaJun. 4, 11 9:52 PM

Simple solution: make them minor leagues for the NFL. They can get paid, trade jerseys for tattoos, and do whatever it is they want to do, without embarrassing their school. Schools can go back to being schools, and the big business of college football can operate as an actual business- including paying it's employees.

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hammarhead1Jun. 4, 1110:29 PM

I've already quit watching.

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jasperu2Jun. 4, 1110:43 PM

Please !!..Would the local fat cats spend whatever it takes to deliver a national championship to the Golden Gophers.... I would even settle for a 500 season....

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bleachotakuJun. 4, 1110:53 PM

great article. At the very least they need to simplify the rules. I actually kind of like the idea of turning it into the minor league of professional football.

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checkthefactJun. 4, 1111:05 PM

Phil, please check your facts. The SC Reggie Bush situation was not about a Booster. Its what the School should have known. it was a kid felon gang member who had known Reggie in High School. He approached Reggies step Dad to put together a marketing company to sign Reggie when he left SC. It was Michael michaels and indian casino owner that was the money man. He was part of the sports agency that they were creating. This had nothing to do with boosters buying houses, giving cash or any thing else. They wanted Reggie to leave school early and sign with them. The NCAA said SC should have known what was going on in San Diego. The NCAA is a very inconsistent organization with different rules for different schools.

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goaliepowerJun. 4, 1111:20 PM

in response to Jasperu2. I don't know if we got the kind of money in this state to pull that off! I was hoping they would flood the stadium and let the gopher hockey team play there! However that program too is a flickering star as oppose to the shining beacon is used to be.

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gregoryjackJun. 5, 11 1:01 AM

Not surprised at all - If you ever get a chance, watch the ESPN special on the SMU Mustangs. Here is a link to some general info: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=wilson/101209_pony_excess&sportCat=ncf

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bleach61Jun. 5, 11 2:39 AM

Give all of NCAA Division I football the death penalty, like SMU got. It's simply out of hand. A century ago, the United States president, Theodore Roosevelt, nearly killed college football for good because it was such a rogue thing -- unchecked violence, players freelancing from one team to another -- that it undermined the core function of higher education. Wouldn't mind seeing the ghost of T.R. come back today with his Big Stick and do some whomping on these guys.

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subhumanJun. 5, 11 7:00 AM

I never understood the college football popularity. It is not that much fun to watch. Occasionaly there is a good game but the high school teams are more exciting. There is more dynamics and the plays do not seem as orchestrated. No wonder the fantasy football leagues, the office pools and the beer sales are so popular with football.

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BurntsideJun. 5, 11 7:24 AM

Make college football unrestricted and semi-pro? That's the wrong direction. Instead, make it college sports. How? 1. Make freshman ineligible. Students must be there as students first. 2. Make scholarships for five years. 3. Attach each scholarship to an individual student-athlete. If that S-A leaves the program, the remainder of his scholarship must be awarded to a worthy non-athlete for the remainder of the five years. These simple steps will get colleges to recruit S-As who are there to be in college, not those who infest college football with their ambition to be individual stars in order to make it to the NFL as quickly as possible. You'd see better citizens in college football, too, as schools would screen better knowing that their finite number of scholarships are all needed on the field.

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