An Alternative to College Football

With one football scandal piling up on another (at Ohio State, Miami, UNC), it’s time to look at the big picture. That’s what the Pope Center’s Jay Schalin does in the Washington Times. His opinion piece, “Time for Universities to Punt Football,” argues that the National Football League should not be using colleges as minor leagues. It should create its own. University football should shift to a model more like college baseball. He writes:

Major League Baseball subsidizes its own minor leagues instead of getting colleges to foot the bill for player development. As a result, college baseball is thriving, with good players who actually want an education. But players who would rather forgo college also have a route into the pros: baseball’s minor leagues, where they can be paid a salary while improving their skills.

Jane S. Shaw — Jane S. Shaw retired as president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in 2015. Before joining the Pope Center in 2006, Shaw spent 22 years in ...