College sports as we knew it is on the way to hell, thanks to greed, privilege, and stupidity. We warned everyone about this a long time ago: October 2019, to be exact, long before Covid was even a thing. What we’re seeing now is the people at the top realizing it, too.

Check it out:

  • Just a few months ago, NCAA President (in name only) Mark Emmert stated, “If you can’t self-regulate an environment on collegiality and trust and good communications, you’ve got a big problem.” Thanks, Captain Obvious. What’s funny is that Emmert ever thought that could happen in the first place, with so much money involved.
  • This past week, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney—one of the prime beneficiaries of the sport’s corruption, mind you—had the gall to lament the following: “There’s no rules, no guidance, no nothing. It’s out of control. It’s not sustainable. It’s an absolute mess and a train wreck, and the kids are going to be the ones who suffer in the end. There are going to be a lot of kids that end up with no degrees and make decisions based on the wrong things.” Again, thanks for stating what many of us told you before.
  • Finally, this is the kicker: “… the NCAA changed its rules in August 2020 to allow schools to pay each of their athletes up to $5,980 per year as a reward for academic performance.” So, give them a free education, let them profit from being an athlete, and then reward them even more for being a “good” student? But no, they’re not professionals (who should be paying their own tuition, obviously).

Think about how all three of these tidbits come together, and yes, Emmert and Swinney are right—but they let it happen, on their watch. Why? Good question. We will tell you why … again: greed, privilege, and stupidity. With the integrity of most professional sports already shot in the name of corruption and profit, it wasn’t going to be long before the money-making college sports followed suit.

Human beings are predictable: Most of them just fail to learn from history, however. This is why Americans can’t have nice things.