College Football In Collapse
Lost in all of the discussion about LeBron, but critically important, was the fact that college football is virtually imploding on itself. Last week, the BCS stripped the USC Trojans of their 2004 national title. This came, of course, the week after the Ohio State program self-destructed with the resignation of Coach Jim Tressell and the announcement that star quarterback Terrelle Pryor would not return for his senior year. As if that weren't enough, last years' National Champion Auburn Tigers remained under investigation for possible violations, and the NCAA called in current USC frontman Lane Kiffin to discuss possible major violations under his watch when he was the head coach at Tennessee.
Make no mistake about it --- USC and Ohio State are two of the premier programs in college football --- and two programs that were thought to be basically doing it right. If they are cheating, who is not? The practical effect of all of this for college football fans is that you basically have to go through the season rooting for your team or teams (and against your rivals), and then just hope against hope when the season is over that there is not another shoe which is about to drop. The whole thing becomes more and more unseemly each year, and ultimately will reduce enthusiasm for the game. Wake up call to the NCAA: Is anybody home?