Like many things in modern society and culture, collegiate athletics has been corrupted and perverted well outside the original meaning and intent. As I stated in a previous post under a message thread LAUte initiated titled, The transfer portal + NIL + no serious rules = chaos, the term student athlete is a misnomer, at least for men’s D-I football and basketball, it would be more properly called professional athlete - student. How can one argue otherwise when a freshman quarterback receives $900,000 compensation before playing one minute of college football, a made up pretend game. The entire enterprise has grown too big. It’s a little surprising to me the proportion of people who favor this transformation. Be careful what you wish for. My position correlates somewhat to my lack of affinity for much of current pop culture. Some of us have zero interest in today’s NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB.
The Utes appearance in the Rose Bowl came at a threshold, where the changes morphing over decades were undeniably passing a significant milestone. Which was another reason I was hoping for their victory.
The following book quote is by a mother whose son, a park service ranger, went missing in the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park.
“There are times occasionally in life when great changes occur, and then nothing is ever the same again. Things never stay just the same, any time. Change seems to be one of the few certainties in life. Just as well. But while we look forward eagerly to what is to come, we can thoughtfully appreciate the good that has been and what we have at the moment.” – Esther Morgenson, The Last Season by Eric Blehm