* Eliminate all sports scholarships for non-revenue sports and replace them with academic scholarships
* Use donations made to a specific sport to help fund those sports rather than "funding" via paying the scholarships
My guess here is that large amounts of those donations would go away if said donations were not in part to allow the program to recruit the 'student' athletes they want.
But it doesn't eliminate every other sports chances. If you have something strong like the rare Tennessee or UConn women's basketball program, or a school like BU or UNH that make revenue through hockey...or even the rare baseball program that makes money. Those schools that generate revenue could compensate their players with full scholarships.
And here you create a gross competitive imbalance. We will not use Women's Hoops as an example because it has been dominated by UConn and Tennessee for years without this type of setup. I think Baseball is a good example where there are probably only a handful of 'profitable' schools. You could pretty much hand Texas or LSU the title every year in this setup, and the same would be true for lots of smaller traditionally non-revenue sports that receive some emphasis or have some history of excellence at certain schools.