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Commentary: Someone needs to save college football from itself

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  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Sept. 13, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    The "elite" football teams want to become that semi pro Football league.

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    Sept. 12, 2013 4:21 p.m.

    I agree college football has lots of problems and it will only get worse, unless there is DRASTIC change. But, I don't believe every program does these things that are bad for the university and players. I believe there are programs/coaches/administrators with honor and integrity who will help turn their players into men.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Sept. 12, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    So glad to see someone besides me saying this. The NFL and the NBA have gotten away with theft for way too long by using college sports as their farm system.

    Universities only hurt themselves in the long run by allowing themselves to be used in this way. I believe the majority of college football players would still choose to come to school on scholarship over "going pro" right out of high school, but the players who are there just for the future payday tend to be the bad apples in college, and purging them from the college ranks is a win-win for them and for collegiate sports.

    Some schools will fight this tooth and nail, as they tend to be magnets for talent at any cost. Tough. The level of play overall will drop, but competition and passion for college football will actually increase with a semi-pro option.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    I don't expect football players to be any different from the population

    People do bad things. Football players are people.

    Football programs exist to make money, and winning makes money.

    I don't care that football players may make bad decisions more than I care about a non-football player making bad decisions.

    Go utes! Onward and upward!

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    Sept. 12, 2013 3:39 p.m.

    Agreed, at this rate we will lose the greatest sport on earth in under 20 years.