As college athletics have morphed into a multi-billion dollar enterprise, the organization that runs them has often been criticized for its obsession with enforcing the most insignificant of rules while major scandals go unnoticed or unpunished.
The overregulation of the NCAA was not an accident, but rather rooted in the notion that managing amateur athletics required rigid rules to create an equal playing field, no matter how big the school, how flexible the budget or how deep the tradition.
But with a significant package of reforms passed by the NCAA Division 1 Board of Directors on Saturday, that paradigm no longer applies. The NCAA has all but admitted it can't ensure an equal playing field, and even if it could, some of the rules that would be required to do so are so inane and impossible to enforce that the return simply isn't worth the cost. In the end, there aren't any rules that will put Louisiana-Lafayette on the same competitive plane as LSU.