College Football Takes a Media Beating

Alan BuckContributor IMay 14, 2008

Is college football headed for more intense scrutiny from the media than last year? 

A lot of heads were on the chopping block (such as Lloyd Carr's) last season due to a variety of negligent actions that put into motion a finger-pointing account system.  Players, coaches, athletic directors, game officials, and alumni all fed the media's appetite to expose controversial issues that resulted in negative public opinion.

Last year was a spectacular season—the kind college football hadn't seen in quite some time. Consequently, the fans and media loved exploiting all the high-odds wins and losses, exceptional play execution, and nail-biting games.

And these unique stats weren't just confined to one league or one division, but across the board in all divisions.

Then enter the alumni scandals, recruiting violations, instant replay debates, law-breaking players, coaching blunders, poorly trained officials, and BCS stupidity.  While the NCAA grapples with how to deal with multiple public opinion issues, the media has already started its attack on college football's integrity by exposing offseason team antics that are normally paid little attention to.

The result I see coming is trash sports reporting for college football to match the reporting on unethical pro-player behavior (i.e. steroid use).  If this year's college football season is as exciting and unpredictable as last year's, there is no need to focus on a few micro-issues that can sway public opinion in the wrong direction. 

College football took enough of a beating last year from the press, which almost lost sight of the positive entertainment value that has been lacking in seasons past.