College football: Corruption, hypocrisy, hurt

  • Article by: George Will , Washington Post
  • Updated: September 19, 2013 - 1:17 PM

College football has returned, with its attendant physical and financial mayhem.

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johnhloydSep. 18, 13 8:59 PM

Woe is us..... We will certainly reap what we sow...

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FrankLSep. 18, 13 9:04 PM

No go back to tackling like we used to, with your head up leading with your face mask. Many of the tackles today would have called spearing 30 years ago. That's why there are so many concussions today. There's a subculture that has developed in hurting the opposition instead of simply tackling. The sad fact is that attitude ends up backfiring on the tackler.

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jastkeSep. 18, 13 9:34 PM

From the article: "But only in football is long-term injury the result not of accidents but of the game played properly, meaning within the rules." No, not only in football. Ever hear of a sport called boxing? That's a sport in which the rules enable a participant to win by purposely inflicting a concussion on his opponent.

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kleinerpSep. 19, 13 6:21 AM

The NCAA is a total joke.

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elind56Sep. 19, 13 7:03 AM

For better or worse, it's pretty clear now that the game of football is headed for big changes and the end result may or may not be something that fans of the game (as it is played today) will be willing to pay to attend or to take time out from other activities to watch on TV.

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FrankLSep. 19, 13 7:55 AM

The only change that will matter is to purge the idea that you are out there to hurt your opponent. A good example of this was a high school football game where the linebacker speared the quarterback in the knee, knocking him out of the game forever. Official didn't see it so no penalty. What was the coach's response. The next day he had a picture on facebook showing the hit as it happened and congratulating the player for taking out the QB. The player was rewarded with a DI scholarship. That attitude is what will eventually kill football.

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west336Sep. 19, 13 9:23 AM

The NCAA needs to do SOMETHING about how it makes money off of students (STUDENTS!). It is so messed up when the head honcho of College Town USA is the head coach of a football or basketball team! It is the players who make the game exciting (and it is exciting, and the game will never go away because of head injuries) and they should be compensated in ways other than scholarships. Or instead of compensating the school or its Administration, set up a fund for the city in which a school resides so that city kids who live in that region can grow up and afford a college education -- a much better use of those funds than giving it to the uber-rich, and which pays dividends exponentially.

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jdlellis1Sep. 19, 13 5:44 PM

Allow me the latitude to expand a bit on Mr. Will's commentary with a slightly different perspective. In summary, this is exactly why "no" public money for stadiums!

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jspringer24Sep. 23, 13 9:28 AM

Football is the sport of all sports. Football is where people can take out there anger and frustration on the other team with it being legal. The whole object of football is to come out and hit the other team harder. If you get a great hit on the opposing team, you get congratulated, but if that player is hurt, the focus goes to him to make sure he is going to be fine. I have played football for six years. I know how it feels to get a big hit, and I know how it feels to see someone go down hurt and not knowing if they will be fine. Football causes concussions and other severe injuries, but that is part the risk of playing the game. Rules are being added to hopefully prevent concussions from happening, but they do not help. There is always going to be the risk of getting a concussion. According to Cari Nierenberg, a researcher and reporter for webMD news, concussions have nearly doubled since new rules regarding hits to the head have been added. Personally, I believe that coaches and players should not get paid millions of dollar to play the sport they love. They should be able to make a good living off of it, but not be able to throw around money without caring. Playing the game should be enough for them wanting to go out everyday for the game they love..

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