This isn't a good time to be a college football coach not named Nick Saban, Les Miles, Chip Kelly or Urban Meyer. The pressure to win now has never been greater, nor has patience ever been in less supply.
One of the reasons that major college sports will always be vulnerable to academic scandals is because the message long ago was sent to players and administrators that academics only matter when it doesn't interfere with the bottom line.
Alcorn State's hiring of Jay Hopson, the first white head football coach in SWAC history, has sparked debate about opportunities for black coaches and about the future of historically black colleges and universities.
For mothers who either saw Devon Walker's injury, this incident was more than just a reminder about how dangerous football can be. It brought to surface an internal struggle of mothers everywhere: Should I let my son play football?
If FAMU sends a stern message about hazing in the wake of a band member's death, other universities will be pressured to set a no-tolerance standard. And if the university doesn't, it will reinforce its own trivial role.