I was right there with you Simi. Same thoughts. Donors buying players. Money influencing programs. Then, while writing that comment, and using U Denver as my example, I realized I was actually making the opposite point. UD does not ring a bell? They had rich alums/donors fund facilities, coach salaries, and their teams, and went from zero to NCAA champions in LAX and Hockey. Money bought them titles. Why not have that money go to players? It is already there, changing the competitive balance. In football and basketball there is tons of earmarked money, donations in kind, funded coach endowments, season ticket licensing agreements (yes, talking about you USC). I prefer college to be amateur. But as long as the NFL and the NBA are using the NCAA as their minor leagues, it is not. Let the players go pro as soon as they are ready and skip college, then the NCAA becomes a choice and not a scam. Notice no one ever mentions baseball? The kids who go to college and skip the draft do so voluntarily for the education.