Since our fan base is so riled up on coaching changes and realignment right now, this might have gone under the radar for some. Grand Canyon University is a private, for profit, Christian university based in Phoenix, which is now joining NCAA Division I athletics.
Deadspin (I know, I know, not exactly a bastion of journalistic integrity) published a story claiming that this very same university was sued by the Federal Government in 2008 for violating a rule stating that no university can claim federal funding while compensating recruiters for the number of students they get in the door. The matter was eventually settled out of court.
I've got issues here, the first being that we're now treating these for-profit universities, which have been known to use predatory tactics to get people to spend far too much money on shady degree programs as legit schools. A quick google search shows lots of poor reviews from this university (one link I found shows them as the #13 most laughed at diploma).
On the other hand, as shady as we know the NCAA to be...does it really matter? There obviously is no shame in money grabbing for universities anymore...Boise State included. My concern is that with this school being equal in D1, will we now start seeing University of Phoenix and ITT Tech athletic teams springing up? It is an excellent way to turn a profit.
Look, I love college sports, especially football. Up until a few years ago, I believe that the NCAA was a force for good that made occasional mistakes. Now it just seems like collusion. I can't tell if that's my BSU fan mentality, or a legit concern.
Help me figure it out in the comments, yes?