The Real Price of College Sports

On October 2, 2006, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman William M. Thomas sent National Collegiate Athletic Association President Myles Brand a letter asking whether "major intercollegiate athletics further the exempt purpose of the NCAA and, more generally, educational institutions." The syndicated columnist George F. Will followed up with an intelligent piece that restated the question in plain English: "What is the place of high-stakes football in higher education?" And an NCAA task