Other societal institutions could use the same "front porch" metaphor. Ornate churches are an attractive invitation to God and salvation. Washington DC and governments around the world have incredible architecture and monuments that memorialize promises of freedom, benefits, protection and security.
Yet church attendance and donations are waning, and faith in government is at historic lows. Beautiful entryways and attractive architecture can only do so much.
College athletics is facing the same challenge. Each day's news cycle brings another troubling headline in higher education and college athletics. Think back fewer than three years ago. Could you have envisioned the following?
- the FBI investigation into men's basketball recruiting,
- a multi-million dollar bribery scheme facilitating admission to elite colleges across the country using coaches and athletics administrators as a point of access,
- ongoing legal actions seeking economic justice for student-athletes, and
- significant concerns regarding student-athlete safety and well-being.