The straws are piling up, and one day you have to think the camel's back will finally collapse. We've seen takedowns of the NCAA for as long as there have been rational human beings around to write about what's going on in college sports, but the scrutiny's intensified over the past 18 months. The shots are coming more often, and hitting harder.â†µ
To that end, historian Taylor Branch's latest work at the Atlantic—"The Shame Of College Sports"—is the latest addition to the canon, and it's as comprehensive as any work so far.
It could be its own book, but for now you'll have to settle for 15,000 words online, and a definitive work of journalism to point to the next time someone asks why certain college athletes should be getting paid. Check it out, and keep it bookmarked. One day a few years from now, it might be fun to go back and remember when the NCAA was run by "whoremasters."