Since NFL players can now get fined as much as $75,000 for helmet-to-helmet hits, it's probably a good thing college players aren't officially paid. Cecil Newton would need to send back about half his winnings just to keep Nick Fairley in business, am I right?
But shouldn't there be some sort of consistent deterrent against potentially concussion-inducing play? If student-athletes are compensated for playing football by receiving scholarships, the NCAA should start arranging for unsafe players to have to pay for a couple credit hours on their own. (I'm joking, but that's less silly than the idea that college players shouldn't be able to git money.)
Very close to a head-on collision, and one that Loston likely could've avoided. Led with his crown either way, /oldguyrant. But until more big-name college players start missing games due to concussions, the NCAA isn't going to take helmet-to-helmet to shots quite as seriously as the NFL does. Maybe Tim Tebow playing with one against LSU a couple years ago impeded progress here?