A Letter To The NCAA: Can We Just Get Down To Football?

Donny PenningtonCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  The BCS National Championship trophy which was won by the Alabama Crimson Tide after winning the Citi BCS National Championship game over the Texas Longhorns at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California. The Crimson Tide defeated the Longhorns 37-21.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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It's been a long off-season for College football. There is one thing that Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier, Les Miles, Urban Meyer, Lane Kiffin, Butch Davis and all other coaches can agree on.

Can we just get down to playing football?

I, personally as a fan of collegiate athletics, do not care who went to what party in South Beach or how much money Reggie Bush's family got paid in 2004. I care about who my team plays in week one and what my teams chances are in the conference. The NCAA has managed to turn the 2010 off-season into a media circus that has completely taken the focus away from the conference Media Days and preseason predictions. Not to mention, the conference realignment fiasco (Now the Big 10 has 12 and the Big 12 has 10?).

Who's going to win the Big 10, the Big 12, SEC, etc? Who's our starting QB? Does my team have a chance at the BCS? Those are the questions that are usually on the minds of college fans at this time of year.

Not in 2010.

In 2010, we get questions such as:  Will Marcel Dareus be eligible? What about Mike Pouncey? Should USC lose the 2004 National Title?  Does Reggie Bush deserve the 2005 Heisman? Why is the NCAA in Athens, GA if AJ Green has never been to Miami in his life?

I still don't care about all of that as a College Football Fan!

Give me the season. Give me Alabama vs Penn State, Miami vs Ohio State, Boise vs Virginia Tech. Give me real football results on the field and the sound of pads. I'd rather have a disagreement over if the officials got it right last night than if the NCAA got the sanctions right.

It is the time of the year when teams start the two-a-days in the sweltering heat of the summer. Fall is around the corner when leaves turn, the weather gets cooler and ESPN commentators make fools of themselves trying to predict the outcomes of the greatest sport on earth (who can ever forget "Senator Holtz"?).

It is time to start the "My team is going to kick your team in the mouth because.. " It is time for the NCAA to shut up and get out. It is time for the media to recognize reality of the moment.

It is time for college football!

I for one cannot wait!