I think Stewart Mandel sums up the current state of college football pretty well with this:
… The one thing that’s changed from then to now is the staggering amounts of revenue now at play, which some suggest is leading to more corruption — but that’s because the sport has never been more popular. We can’t have it both ways. We want to be entertained, we want to be able to watch every possible game on television, we want our teams to win national titles, hire the best coach, have the best facilities, the coolest stadium scoreboards — but then we act shocked and disgusted at the fact that it requires large amounts of money to achieve these things, and that some figures act inappropriately in the face of it all. Unfortunately, to be a college football fan means accepting that the sport has its share of warts. But then, find me one that doesn’t.