is that a sizeable percentage of football and basketball players have no real interest in obtaining a college degree nor in the educational process that leads to it. They are in school solely to prepare themselves for a hoped-for career in the NFL or NBA, and playing college ball is the only feasible means to achieve that often illusory goal. Grade-fixing and other academic fraud strikes at the heart of what education is (for athletes and non-athletes alike), and the various financial shenanigans that have gone on forever rarely involve college athletes who are carrying out their studies with honest intent, since students who value their educational opportunities and their eventual degree are normally disinclined to jeopardize their situation. High school recruits who are seriously evaluating schools for their educational offerings are far less vulnerable to under-the-table inducements from boosters to attend particular schools.
This isn't a new problem; college players have been taking money and have been taking easy or outright fake courses for the better part of a century, and I don't think it's possible to eliminate it entirely. Brian's proposal will simply exacerbate the problem, since it will provide even greater incentive for kids who only care about making money to "attend" college as a very temporary way station on their path to the professional leagues.
If the NFL and the NBA had minor leagues equal in extent to the systems that MLB and the NHL have maintained for many decades, there would be an alternative for physically talented kids to pursue their love for football or basketball without having to go through the charade of pretending to be college students.
The notion that Brian is going to ban me for this opinion is stupid.