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Big 12 commish questions DOJ's interest in BCS

Posted on: June 3, 2011 10:40 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

The Bowl Championship Series has been criticized since it's inception by fans of a football playoff. But a combination of the constant tweaking in recent years along with a good ole dose of scandal have turned the BCS into public enemy number one for many college football fans. While some have fantasized about President Barack Obama delivering a playoff, there are more realistic legal ways the federal government can get involved. That process began when BCS executive director Bill Hancock agreed to a "voluntary briefing" on the BCS with the Department of Justice later this year. Outside of Hancock, some of the biggest players in the BCS are the commissioners of the six conferences holding automatic bids to the bowls. The BCS bowl games create huge injections of cash for the conferences, which are divided amongst all of the teams. So it comes as no surprise that Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe would seem a little perturbed at the DOJ's threatening stance towards the BCS.

"It's good to know that they've chased down all of the people who have caused our banking system to have problems," Beebe said from the Big 12 meetings in Kansas City. "We've strongly believe and the BCS position has been stated that the government has better things to do than insert itself into how college postseason football should be operated."

The process was kickstarted earlier this year Christine A. Varney, who runs the antitrust division for the DOJ, wrote a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert with concerns regarding the organization and any plans for a playoff. Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff has threatened to file an antitrust lawsuit against the BCS, and some believe that violation of antitrust laws is the idea way to change college football's postseason. Hancock, on the other hand, seems very confident in the organizations ability to withstand these threats.

"We view it as an opportunity to make it clear that the BCS was crafted very carefully with antitrust laws in mind," Hancock said.

If there is anything that will ruffle feathers in this country, it is messing with someone else's money. The ones who benefit the most from the BCS will continue to openly criticize and question any attack on the organization. But while this is a hot topic for now, like most things with the NCAA this will be a long process with no swift action. So get comfy folks, because this debate is not going to be settled anytime soon.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2011 8:55 am

Big 12 commish questions DOJ's interest in BCS

Beebe is spot on.  The DOJ hs absolutely no business stickinig it's nose into post season College Football, especially this DOJ, which is one of the most corrupt in history.  The DOJ does not even understand the difference between the NAAA and the BCS.  Before the BCS, the National Championship was decided by a vote.  The AP (Sportwriters) and the Coaches (UPI back then) were the two main voting bodies.  Today, the voters and the computers simply decide which two teams will play for the Championship.  So they are voting on two teams instead of 1.  The Bowl System is still basically the same, with the exception of two Conference Champions (or Notre Dame) playing for the BCS Championship.  The rest of the bowls still select basically who they want, with the exception of the tie ins.  Like everything the Obama administration seems to do these days, this is just another case of the Federal Government sticking it's nose into someplace it should not be.  If the BCS folds, we go back to the old system.  Anyone dumb enough th think thaqt a new playoff system will magically appear if the BCS is disbanded is dreaming.  The University Presidenots do not want a playoff system, and the Univeristy Presidents are the ones who make these decisions, not a bunch of uneducated fans that have no idea what the costs for such a playoff would be.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 11:13 am

Big 12 commish questions DOJ's interest in BCS

It is time to look at some viable, reasonable alternatives to the BCS system. Read “It’s Possible! Realignment and Playoffs – College Football’sOpportunity” to understand a better way to conduct just athletic competition. When compared to other high profile national athletic competition (NFL, MLB, NBA and Little League), college football falls far short with regards to equal opportunity for all member schools. 

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