As it stands now?
Once you’ve seen the money, engineered your existence to make the money and have positioned yourself to continue to make money, going back to nothing is not a very realistic option. Not for the infrastructure of the universities, and most certainly not for the people who have dedicated their lives to getting the big money.
The edict of “too big to fail” came into the Penn State conversation last summer as folks wondered what the NCAA was going to do, and how crippling their blow would be. This situation, reported by Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples, is not much different from a dollars standpoint.
It is a novel concept, and one that academics would certainly love. The idea of big schools like Michigan and Ohio State returning to their academic roots. Cutting off the gigantic athletic funds and going to an Ivy League model that puts the emphasis, not on entertaining, but on academic achievement above all else.
However, once you get out of the idyllic world, you…
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