This isn't about athletes. It's about wealthy people cheating.
- students being recruited for sports that they do not even play
- paying exam proctors to change answers or provide answers
- doctors giving fake diagnoses of ADD/ADHD to allow extra time in exams
There are a lot of problems in the US university system and I hope this case highlights some of them, but we need to keep in mind these people were engaged in cheating, fraud, and bribery - actual crimes - not just standard run of mill "give a donation to the library" stuff.
I am glad to see wealthy powerful people being charged for crimes that they probably assumed they could get away with.