After Oregon’s disappointing opening day 19-8 football loss to Boise State on September 3rd, which featured an unfortunate altercation in which Ducks (least intimidating mascot ever) running back LeGarrette Blount punched a Boise State player (you’re not allowed to do that), an Oregon fan who had trekked from Portland to Boise for the game sent Oregon coach Chip Kelly an emailed invoice for $439 to cover his travel expenses.

Kelly obliged, and though the fan sent the check back with a thank-you note, he was impressed by the gesture.

Now here’s an idea from the bloated exploitative sideshow that is college sports that could be applied to the broader world of higher education. If you attend a school for four years but find the education to be lacking, the professors aloof, and the post-graduation job prospects less than miserable, you should be able to ask for a refund. You’re the customer, after all!

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.