On Reforming College Sports and Curbing Profligate Spending

The challenges to meaningful reform have indeed been great. The clarion calls to university presidents, trustees, administrators and faculties have fallen on mostly deaf ears. Faculties responded as best they could but the opposing constituencies are truly powerful; and the perceived monetary and psychic rewards for maintaining the status quo are considered too great to be ignored by their administrations.  Adding to the difficulty of achieving reform has been the fact that the so-called ‘watch-dog’ Knight Commission strayed far off the course set by its founding co-chairs—serving as an apparent surrogate for the NCAA ever since the end of the Hesburgh-Friday tenure.

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