I'm sure the television ratings for last week's BCS Championship Game between Alabama and Texas were excellent. I'm also sure that most of the major Division I powerhouses are still having very little trouble generating income or attracting blue chip high school prospects.
But I'm also sure that just beneath the surface of this behemoth, cash-cow of a sport, an insidious infection has gained a foothold.
Which headline-generating story from the past month sickened you the most?
Mark Mangino, corpulent Kansas coach, being fired for apparently spouting bigoted garbage to the players in his charge?
How about Mike Leach, Texas Tech oddball coach, being fired for apparently punishing a player for getting a concussion?Pete Carroll, USC's biggest cheerleader and head coach, leaving for the greener pastures of Seattle (????) to coach the Seahawks...just as several possible NCAA inquiries about the Trojans might be gathering steam?
What about Lane Kiffin, Tennessee's Dennis the Menace head coach, abandoning the Vols after a measly 14 months and several embarrassing episodes to go and coach at Southern Cal?
College football is a wonderful sport. More than likely the vast majority of coaches who run these programs try to do things the right way. But it's starting to become more obvious that the bad actors in college ball are acting worse...with little thought or concern about anything or anyone but themselves.
I'm glad that (with the exception of the Senior Bowl) college football is over for this year. The entire sport is in desperate need of a good fumigation.