There's a lot not to like about college football these days. All you have to do is look at what's happening at Penn State to know something is very wrong. While the events in "Happy Valley" are shocking and horribly disturbing, it's just the latest symptom of a beloved fall tradition spinning out of control.
Just consider what's taken place this year...
- The University of Texas launches its own cable channel causing other schools to have TV envy
- Tired of living in the Longhorn's shadow, Texas A&M jumps to the SEC
- Not to be outdone, Missouri also jumps to the SEC, West Virgina is trying to get to the Big 12 and Boise State could be in the Big East (and we wonder why Americans don't know their geography anymore)
- And bowl games aren't exempt from the fun. Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker was fired after a report came out that indicated the bowl paid for his 50th birthday party with a bill of $33,188.
It begs the question, who is in charge? It's not the NCAA, which is scared to death the big schools will leave and form their own super conference. No, it seems that the almighty dollar is still King of the Hill of college football.
The decent thing for Penn State to do is forfeit its remaining games, but with all that money at stake, it's not going to happen. Some might say it's not fair to the players, but it would be a great teaching moment for all of us that sometimes life isn't fair and there are some very bad people out there.
Just ask the victims who were abused.