College football is a mess

Published 10:39 am Monday, September 26, 2011

Daily Herald editorial

The problem with the top level of college football is that there is too much money and greed and no single entity is in charge.

We place the blame on a misguided 1985 Supreme Court ruling that removed the NCAA from governing TV rights of the games. The NCAA had attempted to spread TV attention and, thus, the money around. Some schools didn’t like that and sued. The ruling left the conferences and schools in control. And that explains why university presidents seem to talk out both sides of their mouths.

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On one hand, they expound the importance of integrity, honesty and academics, but stab their fellow presidents in the back by abandoning conferences or by courting schools from other conferences.

The ruling also explains why college football cannot seem to solve any of its problems regarding a sensible way to determine a national championship. And it explains why the NCAA has a hard time getting top football programs to obey the rules.

With no solution in sight, it seems college football will continue to hurtle toward megaconferences without a sense of geography and fan interest.

We can’t help but wonder — facetiously, of course — if a solution will come about by all the conferences someday merging into one giant conference. Then we will have a single governing entity like the NCAA was before 1985. Ha ha. Like that would happen. College football will remain a joke, getting worse and worse every year. Thanks, Supreme Court.