College sports in general have always made me feel kind of icky. Why should schools and college coaches be able to make tens of millions of dollars while the students are banned from any money what-so-ever? I get the idea that going to college should - in theory- make the players more mature and well rounded, not to mention better educated. But all to often the schools themselves don't seem to care at all about the maturity and development of their students, they only care about winning and the money that comes with it. When was the last time a school fired a winning coach because he wasn't doing enough to make sure his players were getting a good education? Sure there are plenty of quality programs who really do seem to care about the well-being of their players, but most seem to only to care about draining the students of all the money they can provide.
But what can we do to fix the problem? The MLS and adidas have come up with a totally different system where the shoe company pays students to play in professional youth leagues before they turn pro. Adidas even provides all the players with grant money to attend the college of their choice if/when they ever want to. Everyone- the league, the players, the coaches- seem to think its a great idea.
Check out the article. I'm not saying it is a perfect idea, but it could be much better than our current system. What do you think?