I’m a fan of Ohio State football. That doesn’t mean I’m a guy who roots for Ohio State. I just mean that I believe it’s a great thing when a college football team can reach the top of the standings consistently year after year. I actually bleed for the LSU Tigers. But college football, up until the last few years, has been something that most people could believe in.
It’s obvious that things are changing. How can the folks who live and die for their college football tickets in the fall still believe that this sport is pure? There’s the Reggie Bush tragedy, which stripped him of a Heisman and USC of a national championship. There the whole deal in Carolina, where the future of Butch Davis is highly uncertain, and now we are seeing the destruction of the powerhouse program at Ohio State, because a few college football players wanted cheap tattoos.
Somewhere along the line we’ve lost something. Or was college football always so corrupt and we just didn’t know it? In today’s world, a college football program can be brought down by an errant tweet. Things that were hidden before are now brought into the light. College football is going to have to change. Either players are going to have to be vetted more closely or we can just throw up our hands and turn it into the semi-pro sport it already is. Either way, we’ve lost our innocence.