Well, if the day ever comes that college athletes are paid and therefore will be unaffiliated with universities, they won't be college athletes, will they?
This is similar to the doublespeak we get from the DC Beltway all the time.
College FB is big business, and people from the poorest to the wealthiest love it. One way or another, the powers that be will hold it together, even if they have to muddle definitions of pay, athletes, subsidies, tuition, etc. They have plenty of expert attorneys and PR people to do that.
This reminds me of conversations with NFL fans outraged by "safety rules" designed to protect receivers, QB's, punters, etc. Many even defend bounties ( notice they're not on the field!). I tell them, the NFL will not let itself be destroyed by lawsuits over concussions, and I tell them no matter how much they whine, they will keep watching!