Not really news, other than that what you have here is a substantial public figure speaking utterly honestly about the dark underside.
A USA Today article about the maneuvers that keep many college athletes in classes and even headed to graduation, but in the weakest possible classes, includes a quote from Boise State University football player Marty Tadman: "You're going to school so you can stay in sports. You're not going for a degree. ... It's a joke."
An "A" for ouch.