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At this point, with the N.C.A.A. addicted to its multibillion-dollar television contracts, reemphasizing the collegiate part of the N.C.A.A. Tournament is the equivalent of Hugh Hefner reemphasizing virginity.
As long as football allows tackling and blocking, youre never going to stop the best football players from tapping into their darkest real or imagined memories. You can stop the bounties, you can unfairly criminalize a good kid for unveiling his rage two minutes early, but you cant stop the barbaric violence. The game dies without it.
A community college football program that services 70-80 kids a year on a $110,000 annual budget had been marked for death. The efforts of a Silicon Valley executive helped to save it.
The people who believe theres a kernel of integrity in NCAA-mandated shamateurism, the people reluctant to accept what television and its money and fame have done to college athletics, need programs like The U.
There should be no surprise that protecting Joe Paterno, Penn State, Happy Valley and Linebacker U profit-generating institutions at the core of big-time college athletics amateur myth appears to have taken precedence over the protection of children.
It should come as no surprise that in 2011, even with big-time college athletics grotesquely sick with corruption incubated by the lie of amateurism, no major media outlet will mount a serious, consistent call for an overhaul of NCAA rules. We owe our existence to the exploitation of shamateur football and basketball players. We must support the lie.