In lieu of the Cam Newton stuff, I figured this may be an appropriate question. First, let me disclaim that I would never want to see a minor league football system, if only for the selfish fact that I'm an avid Michigan fan.
That being said, why is there not an avenue for these kids to get paid in the three years they have to wait before going to the NFL? Is there one, but it is just not a common thing? I'd figure a guy like Williams or Clarett would have taken that route if presented it, so their options cannot be tangible.
I get that the big benefit of NCAA football is that kids that will never attain anything in the NFL are given the chance to get a great foundation for other professions. However, no matter how unethical these pay to play scenarios are, its pretty unfair that these kids don't have an option to be paid.
That being said, I still enjoy the soap operas that are the Auburn's and USC's of the world. They still deserve it for skirting the rules. The NCAA would stop at nothing to prevent a minor league, because it would cut into their non-profit margins. They may have enough pull to prevent this from ever happening The question is, is it fair?