There are a couple plausible explanations. First, although many in the audience would be labeled “affluent,” for all but the country’s very wealthiest families the prospect of spending around $80,000 for four years of college tuition plus room and board at an in-state college is much more digestible than the current four-year price tag of $200,000 to $250,000 affixed, respectively, to many out-of-state public universities and private colleges. Second, it’s possible that most parents viewed McNair’s death as an isolated incident. Few, if any, Division 1 football prospects sat in the auditorium that night. So maybe the adults figured their kids were safe. Now, they may be figuring differently.