The New York Times has an interesting opinion piece up on Football and the NCAA. Yeah, I know, if you're like me you would never expect the fat old grey lady to say anything interesting about Football and the NCAA. Particularly on the opinion pages where the "talent" tends to believe that 80 scholarship athletes is excessive for a sport that generates millions of dollars to the university. Far better to offer (subsidized) athletic scholarships to women whose athletic talent consists of riding horses or playing ping pong err table tennis.
Link:Football and Swahili
I started reading the piece ready to strike out at the clearly ill-informed opinion of the writer when something startling happened. In fact, something as unprecedented as a law being struck down by the supreme court. Mid-way through I thought to myself, holy shit this guy stumbled upon a pretty fucking decent idea, and he backed it up with a line about college dance majors. After punching myself in the face to ensure I was not having some sort of nightmare that could only terminate in a Hobson's choice coyote moment with Nancy Pelosi laying on my right arm, I have decided that this is real.
So the question is, should football players be allowed to major in football? Given that a major college coach can make a cool 5 mill per year and even high school coaches can make over 100k, one could easily argue that football is a better major than say Architecture.