Of course that's the way it is. So is the rule that permits freshman to play. So what? The entire point of the idea is to change the way it is.
Not saying that it will happen, or that doing it is enough... just saying that "the way it is" is no kind of argument about what could/should be done. If you go by "the way it is", then nothing can get better, ever...
My point is that I don't mind that college sports is a business now. I'd just like the schools to stop trying to put up a façade that it's all about the best interests of these kids and their educations.....when in reality all it is is a front for them to exert more control.
The reason that football and basketball players struggle and fail to graduate at higher rates than other sports isn't because they face rigors that freshmen playing other sports don't. It's because a significant number of football/basketball players either don't really want to attend college, they don't have the aptitude for college, or both. Just admit that....then develop some sort of program they can enroll in that will at least teach them some valuable life-skills while they play sports (and make you, the school, millions of dollars). You'd better serve the kid, and your mission as an educational institution, that way than by making him sit through a Chemistry class.