Following on my recent posts regarding the hypocrosies of college football (The Irony Bowl, and Irony Bowl II), a very nice article by Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post was brought to my attention today, On eve of BCS championship, a call for the NCAA to reform college football. Jenkins very nicely puts the burden for change squarely where it rests: on the shoulders of the University Presidents and Chancellors. The academic leaders sit in oversight of both the de facto governing body for intercollegiate athletics, the NCAA, and of their own individual athletic departments.
Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, amid considerable hand-wringing over charges of theft and academic fraud during his short stay at the University of Florida, and his father's subsequent shopping of his talents to Mississippi State. The NCAA is a semi-voluntary institution that governs the organization of intercollegiate athletics. Of particular importance is maintaining the sanctity (and dignity) of university sports and, particularly, the amateur status of its athletes.