On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, college football fans around the country will gather to watch their teams play in no less than 10 bowl games, including “The Granddaddy of Them All” in Pasadena, California– the Rose Bowl Game.
Bowl games like the Rose, Orange, Sugar, and Cotton are steeped in the best of American tradition and athletic ability and feature friendly-yet-fierce rivalries between top teams and conferences. However, there is a darker side to college football. Universities build and sustain programs that allow the generation of millions of dollars in revenue for a school; but at the same those powerhouse programs can affect the role amateurism plays within the sport.
Critics also point other issues as of late, such as the use of performance-enhancing drugs by college football players in order to gain a competitive edge. And then there is the question of concussions and the long-term effect such head injuries can play on a former football player. The blame is often squarely placed on the NFL to make the game safer, however there is little visible movement at the college level to help prevent concussions.
Finally, there is the issue of corruption. Among the worst recent scandals involved those in power at the highest levels within the Penn State Nittany Lions football program. The team’s former coach, the late Joe Paterno, along with other administrators were accused of allegedly covering up evidence of a child predator in their midst in order to maintain the prestige and reputation of the program.
Can college football be reformed in order to restore the sport’s primary virtues of sportsmanship and atheticism? Do the pros that come with generating huge sums of money outweigh the cons of corruption? Or, is college football a doomed institution? In order words, should we ban college football entirely?
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