I hopped on to the SI NCAA Football site today, and no less than four of the stories were about crimes that players had committed. It keyed up something in my head, so I clicked on the "More Stories" link, just to see. At least HALF of the stories were about arrests, other misconduct, or academic dismissals.
When did it get to be so bad? I'm not naive-- I went to Ohio State during the Cooper Era: I know things went on that were ethically questionable (at best), not just at my alma mater, but everywhere. It just seems like more and more players are getting into more (and more severe) trouble, and neither the coaches nor the NCAA are doing anything about it.
Where is it going wrong? Is it the caliber of player that they're recruiting (going back to my question about STUDENT Athletes)? Is it the coddling, permissive parents that intervene at every turn rather than letting their children fail or forcing them to take responsibility for their actions? Is it that society turns a blind eye to the situations because they make these boys into demi-gods who grow to believe they are above the system?
And the most important question: what can we do about it?