Plus, that problem would be with the professional league, not the NCAA, since the NCAA doesn't enforce or have that rule, the league does.
You can certainly play in the NFL without college, just have to be 3 years after your graduating high school class, that's the requirement. No rule on "how" you spend that 3 years.
therein lies the rub
and we all know the supreme court allows the NBA to have a 1-year rule, and the NFL to have a 3-year rule
short of some documents linking the NCAA and NFL/NBA into some sort of hidden agreements to suppress athletes' property rights to gain an advantage, i don't see how he'll be able to prove his case
hell, nothing prevented o'bannon from saying "frick college" and just going for endorsement deals before he was even out of high school. this further illustrates the "gotcha" in the argument b/c none of us would know who ed o'bannon was WITHOUT the NCAA
This post was edited on 10/3 at 11:58 am