College football has become a nasty business

Originally Published: September 8, 2005
By Beano Cook | ESPN Insider
The decision by the presidents of America's colleges to permit their hired Hessians to play 12 football games beginning next year makes as much sense as adding two more pieces of cheese and another hamburger to the Big Mac.

The latter adds calories, the former makes more money for the hungry athletic departments. It seems unfair, and any normal-thinking college football fan would agree.

From all reports, the additional game came against the coaches' wishes and represents another case of greed. However, it deserves to be pointed out that today's football coaches live like kings. The only difference is that they don't have six wives. Oh well, you can't have everything.

Beano Cook

College Football
Carroll H. "Beano" Cook joined ESPN in March 1986 and served as a college football studio commentator and occasional sideline reporter, in addition to offering college football commentary on ESPN Radio. He died in October 2012.

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