Great points, Norm.
I will get political for a moment, though.
I'm not going to cry about lost opportunities for male athletes when Division I football programs hand out 85 scholarships and have another 15 to 65 walk-ons on the roster. Nebraska, like most other schools in the top tier of college football, can't afford to NOT play football with as many bodies as possible, but I always get a little rankled when people blame the loss of athletic opportunities for men on women's sports.
I'd be in favor of a system first proposed by Rick Telander back in the late 1980s in his book "The Hundred-Yard Lie":
First, separate the top tier of football (Power 5 or 6) from the NCAA by making it a development system for the NFL, call it the NFL D-League.
There would still be a team called the "Nebraska Cornhuskers" that plays on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln against teams from the Big Ten, including the "Iowa Hawkeyes," the "Minnesota Gophers," etc. Each university would be considered a "host" and a "sponsor."
The players get paid a living wage based on the market they're playing in. Someone in Lincoln might make $100K, but someone in Los Angeles might make $150K or more. Someone in Manhattan, Kansas would get $38.46.
All players would receive a voucher to attend classes and earn a degree, whether they do so while playing football at the university or after their playing days end.
You could even go so far as to assign each of the 65 to 80 NFL D-League Teams to an NFL club. So the Chiefs could have KU and Mizzou as its D-League teams.
The NFL could also hold a post-college draft to get players from smaller programs that aren't a part of the D-League.
Second, get the NFL to "hold harmless" every university by making up the difference in what they'd lose financially.
Some schools already lose money on their football programs, so the school would now have that burden off their books.
In 2016-2017, Nebraska football made $120.2 million and spent $112.6 million, so Nebraska would be owed at least $7.6 million that would then be paid by the NFL to the athletic department.
That payout could vary depending on negotiations between each school and the NFL and what each school feels it needs to make the athletic department whole. That would include royalties on merchandising and other ancillary revenue streams attached to the football program.
Third, begin to right-size every major athletic department with true Title IX balance in mind.
15 basketball scholarships for both men and women.
15-20 baseball scholarships and 15-20 softball scholarships.
Equal numbers between men and women for track and field, swimming, gymnastics and other non-gender specific sports, including a new men's soccer program at UNL.
Add other men's sports where appropriate if a women's sport already exists.
Find roughly equal scholarship numbers in sports where only one gender fields a team: volleyball and wrestling, for example.