The fact that football programs carry 100+ athletes is absurd. You need 22 starters, plus 3-5 more guys for special teams. So let's say 26 guys, then another 26 guys so you can have a backup for every single position. Now you're at 52, you really need 48 more guys? Ridiculous. NFL teams have a 53 person roster limit, no college program needs more than 70.
I'd like to know what the running equivalent is for players 70-100 on a mid-level DI football team. Is this like Oregon or Syracuse carrying a bunch of 4:30 milers on their roster?
Not only do major football teams have 100+ players, they have 85 on full scholarship. So yes, that'd be like Oregon going about 15 deep in the middle distances and having a bunch of 1:55, 4:15, 9:10 hs guys on full rides.
Until football can be held out as its own separate entity and then schools split all the other sports based on enrollment ratios, it'll remain where men are massively discriminated against in non-revenue NCAA sports (based on interest levels and participation at the high school level).