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End of College Football as We Know It?

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Since the most cracked pots among us believe the world will end sometime on Dec. 21, let's take a moment to examine a conclusion of an era that seems far more likely: the end of college football as we know it. Forces have aligned that seem to portend doom. Let us count the ways...

• On the topic of the danger of football, the following passage appeared in The New York Times: "Public sentiment is yearly growing stronger against the brutality of the game, he declared, and the death of a man in order to win a game will result sooner or later in universal condemnation of it as part of college athletics."

• On realignment, the head of the American Football Coaches Association said this: "It's like we had this herd of cattle going toward the cliff. We tried to...

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