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After Missouri President Resigns, Ben Shapiro Says It's Time To End All College Football

A general view of Missouri's football field.

COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 19: A general view of Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium during the game between the Florida Gators and the Missouri Tigers on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Monday morning, University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned amid student protests - namely one by the football team - regarding inaction despite mounting racial tension on campus. Some have criticized the team. Others are focusing on how powerful football players, collectively, have become. One person - political commentator Ben Shapiro - has a completely different take.

Shapiro, who is the editor-in-chief at The Daily Wire (among other responsibilities/titles) penned a piece Monday afternoon, calling for the end of college football. He believes that the loyalty to universities is now "centered" around loyalty to sports performance. Here's more:

College sports are a relic of a time when students actually engaged in being, you know, students. As in studying things. Studying, perhaps, to gain a skill set besides kicking a football or tackling another man or tossing a sphere through a hoop.

It soon became clear, however, that loyalty to universities centered around loyalty to sports performance. Donors began giving cash to football programs in order to generate enthusiasm about the university more broadly. And in order to boost those football programs, universities began recruiting the best players without the best academics.

Shapiro goes on to discuss his views on the financials of college athletics, recruiting practices, and academics. You can read the whole column here.

Clearly, this isn't going to happen anytime soon - college football is far too important to too many people. What do you think, college football fans? Are any of Shapiro's points valid?