George F. Will: Modern college football is impervious to reform

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  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 6:26 p.m.

    Let's treat colleges more like businesses in this matter. They should spin off their sports teams and let them die or survive on their own merits.

    The corruption caused by this strange marriage has been corrupting high school sports for decades. High school athletes get special privileges and adoration. Academic champions are barely an afterthought. The Utah High School Activities Association has several pages of rules controlling the sports eligibility of students whose parents transfer them from school to school in search of perceived athletic advantages. How often has any school scheduled a pep assembly to encourage their debate team?

    College sports is big business, make no mistake. It should not be teamed with academic altruism. Colleges can teach all the athletic virtues students can stand with intramural competition.

    A bull dog should not be matched with an eagle.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    Until college football adopts the Ivy League attitude toward sports there will be corruption of the academic mission of universities along with corruption of individuals. Money corrupts and big money corrupts proportionally. The Penn State debacle is just the latest example of a university trying to protect its reputation, read income stream, at the expense of common decency.

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    Eliminating College Football? That will never happen. For one thing it is the farm system for Pro Football. And Pro Football is one of the biggest industries in America today. I really hope that Mr. Will is not seriously suggesting that. I know he is a baseball guy at heart. The answer to title 9 is the athelete gets a portion of the revenue they help create. If womens field hockey suddenly has 100,000 fans attending a match then let them benefit. Let's face reality. College football players are semi-pro and should benefit beyond just tuition, books and dorm. They help generate huge revenue, not only for the university, but many American businesses like ESPN and NIKE. The idea of amateur athletics is long gone at this level. And, like Mr. Will pointed out, they do put their future on the line with possible career ending injuries. Then maybe they could use a college education.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 7:53 a.m.

    George Will is absolutely correct. Modern big time college football should be abolished once and for all.

    Whereas college football used to be about teaching young men the values of dedication, discipline, and sacrifice, modern college football is all about greed, selfishness, and winning at any cost.

    One need only watch a few minutes of this so-called sport on television to see just how far it has fallen. The players and coaches seek to run up the score in the most unsportsmanlike fashion possible, and they taunt the other team at every opportunity.

    What is worse is that millions of impressionable youth immitate the actions of the players. Nothing but harm can come from immitating the modern tatoo-covered player who flaunts his hip hop party lifestyle.

    If modern college football will not reform itself and return to its roots, it must be eliminated. No institution of higher learning that has any respect for its mission can continue to wallow in the mud with this corrupt athletic charade.