College isn't for everyone. Many athletes at these big programs have no interest in academics and have no business being in college anyway as they aren't prepared to succeed coming out of high school. This past fall, a backup Ohio St. QB tweeted out, "Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS." The grammar speaks for itself and that sentiment is probably shared by many athletes. I could go on and on about all the issues with the NCAA, but why are schools giving scholarships as payments when 1. the athletes don't take advantage of it and 2. coaches pressure these kids to take easy majors, so they can focus the majority of time on football? It's also a concern that a lot of these athletes legitimately don't have enough time to get good grades.
That's why it would make sense for there to be a semi-pro league similar to the minor leagues in baseball, that gives them an opportunity to get paid right away to focus entirely on football. This would be a great solution to the never-ending debate of "should student-athletes get paid?" A big negative of having a semi-pro league would that it would dillute the quality of college football and by having two separate leagues the quality of play would go down. By how much though? If high school kids value their education and are confident they can get good grades while still succeeding at football (it can be done) they can play NCAA football , but if they feel football is the most important thing in their life, they have the opportunity to make a salary and don't have to worry about anything else, but their craft.
So what do you think? Do you feel it would be a good idea for a semi-pro league to be created? I'm not an expert on all the technicalities to make this happen, but I feel like it's a win-win for the most part.