why everyone cares so much? I've honestly never gotten the national obsession with college basketball/football. They're college kids... why would I care? If I want to see good basketball/football I'll watch the NBA/NFL. These guys have skills equivalent to minor league baseball players--semi-pros. Some will go on to be big stars, some average NBA/NFL players, and most will never see the pros. These players are just hired guns playing semi-professional sports and a name-affiliation to a school. But let's not kid ourselves in to thinking that they are "student athletes" or representatives of their schools, except in rare cases. Players at big-time NCAA basketball or football players don't have to meet any standards to get in, get waived through classes, and generally have very little in common with the average college student. I'm a huge sports fan, but college sports just don't do anything for me. Basically I think the whole thing is a sham. These players are minor leaguers cloaked in the colors of a school that they really have nothing to do with. NCAA basketball and football hold my interest roughly as long as minor-league baseball does, which is to say, not at all. Can someone explain why this country goes nuts over NCAA sports?