With each passing season, it only seems more and more likely that, someday soon, the NCAA will renounce its greedy obsession with "amateur" status and finally pay the players the money that they deserve. The arguments that have been made against a "Pay-for-Play" system are often weak, and only strengthen the selfish, money-grubbing interests of the NCAA. After all, how is it that the coaches and the NCAA executives are the ones seeing all of the money when the players are the ones laying it out on the football field every Saturday or taking it the rack in March? Yes, scholarships and college education mean something, but they don't account for the fact that the highest-paid public employees in 40 different states are NCAA coaches.
Nick Saban has won a few championships at Alabama, but does that really make him worth $5.62 million a year as opposed to the relatively meager scholarship money that A.J. McCarron gets as a member of the Crimson Tide? The hypocrisy at the root of the NCAA hasn't been right for a long time, thank Ed O'Bannon for putting the pressure on them.