Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated presented an interesting ound bite on NPR earlier this week: why not disallow athletic scholarships altogether? Read his article.
If nothing else, this would end some of the rancor over athletes with sub-standard academic credentials gaining admission to colleges and failing to graduate or even attend classes.
Some would argue that doing so would lessen the quality of college sports events. To a degree, that is undoubtedly true. It is a fact that many of the top performers in college sports would no longer be at their host universities if it were not for the scholarships they receive.
But I seriously doubt that most fans would notice the dropoff in performance. Instead, players would be on the field because they both love to play the sport and represent the school they attend. Isn’t that what it’s all about?