With the very sad news about Junior Seau fresh in everybody's mind, a lot of people (who have not mastered the google) are asking me for the articles Scipio wrote on this stuff.
They are here:
Malcolm Gladwell, much the impetus for some of the articles above, is back at it and will do a live debate on May 8th arguing for why college football should be banned.
Slate: What do you think is the single most compelling reason to abolish college football? Corruption? Head injury? Lost focus on academics?
Malcolm Gladwell: The factor that I think will be decisive is the head-injury issue. Colleges are going to get sued, and they will have to decide whether they can afford their legal exposure. That said, the issue ought to be how big-time college sports subverts the academic mission of university education.
I also found this article about a Tim Brown radio interview very interesting too.