Originally Posted by traderumor
And I do not think you can divorce the competition from the schools or it loses its allure.
I agree with that. A great deal of it is, indeed, collegial -- that solid core of fans and alumni that care because it's their school that's playing, a different dynamic than how fans root for NFL teams. Their school
. Take the college out of college football and you're just left with minor-league football.
I think the pure amateur thing is negotiable -- most people I know would not begrudge the players getting some money in addition to a scholarship. Having the players not be students at all is kind of a deal-breaker for me. They're not part of my school, they're just a semi-pro team two states away renting out the stadium, why would I give a rip what they do?