Controversies Abound on College Football’s Horizon

Inflated salaries and abuses of power might take center stage after Monday's championship.

Rich Rodriguez
Former Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez waits with his team before taking the field during the Pac-12 Football Championship between the Oregon Ducks and the Arizona Wildcats at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. (Tommy LaPorte/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)

A new article in USA TODAY looks beyond tonight’s championship game between Alabama and Georgia and toward the stew of trouble facing college football. First, there are the increasingly exorbitant salaries of coaches, as top coordinators are suddenly bringing in a staggering $2 million annually. Those contracts coupled with growing public unease about the lack of compensation for the athletes themselves promise a coming PR nightmare for the NCAA. And Arizona’s recent firing of Rich Rodriguez amidst sexual harassment allegations could incite a wave of such revelations in the NCAA. The coming offseason promises to focus more on the many forms of inequality present in the NCAA than on football.

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