First, and of paramount importance, I am not "semi-outraged". I am "mildly miffed". There is a huge difference. people that are semi-outraged may raise their voices in protest. People who are mildly miffed may have to stifle a yawn. Not the same thing. Not the same ballpark. Not the same sport.
Second, loathe as I am to ever support the NCAA on anything. how UNC can argue this is not an NCAA issue is beyond me. For example, there is this tidbit:
Nyang’oro had created a class shortly before the start of the summer semester and had no one but football players enrolled. Worse, Nyang’oro hadn’t run the class as a lecture, as it was listed, and hadn’t taught it at all. Nyang’oro also said Crowder was likely behind other classes that hadn’t met.
There were 18 football players in Nyang’oro’s class. They could have been ineligible to play for receiving a high grade in a class that had no instruction.
Seems pretty clear to me that a lot of this had to with keeping players on the field by giving them high grades for nothing. Stopping BS like that actually is within the NCAA's remit. Really at a loss to understand how UNC can make any argument to the contrary.
Third, dad said the following:
Colleges are spending money like drunken sailors on shore leave because Uncle Sam has empowered them to do so. Absent the federal student loan program, there's no way colleges could be charging the ever-increasing tuition they are charging. No one could afford it.
I agree that cheap money is part of the problem but I have two issues with your statement:
1. even without the Feds, there are private loans and I think they eat up at least half of debt for undergraduates. I know a few people in their late 20s and early 30s and they are all drowning in student loan debt and most of it is private. The stuff Obama did a year or so ago does not help them at all. There is market for these loans whether the government gets involved or not. Would it be this bad? I don't know, but it's not like there is not another source for money; and
2. the cost of college was a problem long before Uncle Sam got involved. They didn't try to fix a problem that didn't exist. Costs are ridiculous now but it was always expensive and a lot of people were frozen out because of those costs. As states cut back and the free city and state schools that existed when my parents went through college vanished, the feds got involved with cheap loans to help people pay for school so they could go. If you take away the loans, it's not like college suddenly becomes affordable for everyone. It just becomes more manageable for people like me (and I suppose debt loads become lower for everyone).
The worst part about the federal loans is how high the interest rates are. My wife has a bunch out from graduate school and most of them are at almost 7%. Where does the government get off charging that high a rate? I'm planning to refinance it with a private loan if/when my wife gets her federal loan forgiveness for working in a inner city school for 5 years. I'm hoping to get half of the loan wiped out and then I'll refinance and consolidate the rest with PNC or someone (I was originally going to go to the Wells Fargo branch around the corner from me but .... screw that, not after their recent revelations) and get the rate lower. But, it's insane how high these "cheap" federal loans are compared to the market.