Ringers, Rogues and The Future of College Sports

This has been a bad year for intercollegiate athletics what with the Penn State scandal and the unpleasant glare of publicity that has reflected onto big-time, big money sports.  In today’s commentary section of The John William Pope Center for Higher Education, I write about the ringers and rogues who help maintain the Knute Rockne All American fiction of college sports.

The interests of the academic and athletic programs in most Division I and many Division II schools are not aligned.  I propose a legislative solution: a “firewall” that separates the two:

What is needed to save intercollegiate athletics is a Glass-Steagall Act for universities… It gets universities out of the sports entertainment business—a very good idea.

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