1. How the overall structure of college athletics influences scandalous decisions made by D1 programs
2. Why unpaid college athletes generate billions in revenue for the NCAA, while ironically earning none for themselves
3. What the future looks like for the NCAA, its major D1 programs and their athletes
After narrowing my initial broad topic down to three main areas of focus for my paper, I have concluded that my research goal will be finding out corrupt the NCAA really is. Through the years there have been numerous amounts of scandalous theories and stories as to why or college athletes should or should not be paid, blue-chip recruits receiving benefits (mainly monetary) in exchange for play, coaches and staff infracting upon program violation, etc. An example of this is highlighted by Taylor Branch, publisher of the article "The Shame of College Sports", when he writes, "Scandal after scandal has rocked college sports. In 2010, the NCAA sanctioned the University of Southern California after determining that star running back Reggie Bush and his family had received “improper benefits” while he played for the Trojans. (Among other charges, Bush and members of his family were alleged to have received free airfare and limousine rides, a car, and a rent-free home in San Diego, from sports agents who wanted Bush as a client.) The Bowl Championship Series stripped USC of its 2004 national title, and Bush returned the Heisman Trophy he had won in 2005." Every year, major D1 programs are being investigated, imposing self-bans on playoffs for "X" amount of years, or getting sanctioned by the NCAA for improper conduct. The list keeps growing year after year. Conducting thorough research on the three main areas of focus that I mentioned earlier in the paragraph is my main concern, hopefully bringing to light the wrongdoings and corruptness of all that comes with college athletics. The NCAA has been under too much scrutiny, especially within the last decade, for me not to uncover hidden, yet eye-opening information that helps support my research focus.