John Infante makes an eloquent point that deserves mention.
… If collegiate athletics continues to insist (and is allowed to continued to insist) on amateurism, then a bachelor’s degree remains the primary compensation for athletes. Taking that away from the athletes who most need athletics to have that opportunity would reduce the value of what they get out of college athletics too far. Part of the commitment to academically challenged or underprepared athletes should be to see them through all the way to a bachelor’s degree.
Absolutely. It’s not enough to say your cause is noble. And if you don’t like the added expense exposure, don’t sign kids who are academic risks.