Edsall is certainly not alone in this belief. The Yahoo report, which is almost definitely just the tip of the iceberg, reveals what many have suspected for a long time.
Top college athletes are being paid, some way or another. Right now, it appears that in basketball, it is being done through associates of NBA agents, like Christian Dawkins, whose expense sheets were at the center of Yahoo's report.
Based on what we've heard about Louisville-turned-South Carolina recruit Brian Bowen and more recently, Arizona superstar DeAndre Ayton, the going rate for an elite player is at least $100,000. Five-star, blue chip talents are far from the only guys being paid, however.
Rather than have this underground system of illegal payments, Randy Edsall has now publicly stated that athletes should be paid openly.
Edsall's larger point is strong as well. College football has turned into a massive industry, and coaching staffs continue to expand.
This year, programs are able to add a 10th on-field coach, and reforms have been made to expand scouting departments. Clearly, there is money to be spent on college programs, despite what many schools will say publicly about losing money.
And yet, none of that money is going to the players that actually play the games. At least, not in a way that is out in the open, and not subject to FBI scrutiny.
This is also coming from the head coach at UConn, and not a massive Big Ten or SEC program flush with cash. The Huskies play in the AAC, which pays out a fraction of what the Power Five conferences do.
Overall, it seems inevitable that college athletics head towards some form of payment for players. Whether it should come from schools themselves, sponsorships, or boosters is a fair debate, but we now know the market for top college athletes. It is undoubtedly similar for college football players, even if the process for players and families getting paid may be different.
College football coaches are notoriously more conservative in their thinking about these matters, and I can't remember anyone at the FBS level publicly supporting this idea. Good on Edsall for being among the first to actually go out on this ledge, because it definitely isn't one his larger profession is open to yet.