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NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:17 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 5:28 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

So it turns out that no matter what happens in Friday night's inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game, it will not be the final time UCLA plays this season. The NCAA announced on Wednesday that it had approved UCLA's bowl waiver petition.

“As a program, we appreciate the NCAA approving our petition for a bowl waiver,” said UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero in a release. “We will be able to give our 18 seniors one more chance to represent their university and end their collegiate careers on a high note, regardless of the outcome of this Friday’s Pac-12 Championship Game. We’d like to thank the NCAA for considering the unique situation in which we find ourselves this year and rewarding us with this opportunity.” 

The reason this was in question was because UCLA finished the regular season at 6-6, in second place in the Pac-12's South Division, but due to USC's postseason ban, the Bruins were the team to move on to the championship game. Well, if UCLA loses that game against heavily-favored Oregon, the Bruins would be 6-7 on the season, and teams with losing records aren't normally allowed to play in bowl games.

That is, not without a waiver from the NCAA.

As for where UCLA would play in a bowl game,'s Jerry Palm currently has the Bruins projected to face Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:37 am

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Regarding UCLA's Waiver, I think it's wrong of the NCAA to allow it.  It's ridiculous that a team with a sub 0.500 record could actually play in a bowl game.  And, if they lose the bowl game, they'd finish with a 6-8 record for the year....that's pitiful.  This will be even more of a travesty if a team that has a winning record is left out of a bowl game!

BTW, GO CARDINAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:33 am

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

The exception comes into play from the BCS rules regarding the National Championship.  There's a statement somewhere that, in effect, says a conference can have 3 reps in the BCS Bowl games IF the 2 participants in the Title Game are from the same conference and neither is the AQ Representative from that conference.  IF Georgia beats LSU in the SEC Championship Game, they are the AQ Rep from the SEC.  IF LSU doesn't fall below #2 in the BCS Rankings on Sunday (12/4) AND Alabama stays in the Top 2, they are both extended an automatic invitation into the BCS Championship Game.

Personally, I NEVER thought this clause would come into effect....weird!

Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:23 am

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

I have a question that I have wondered about since I heard Herbstreet say the other night that even if Georgia beats LSU in the SEC title game, he thinks LSU would only fall to number 2 and still play Alabama in the National Championship Game.  While I do think those are still the best 2 teams, I find it interesting that 2 teams that didn't win their conference will play each other for the National Championship.   Aside from that, here is my question.   How can that happen?   If Georgia wins the SEC title game, they clinch the conference's automatic BCS bid.   Since each conference can only have 2 BCS teams, one of Alabama and LSU will be ineligible once the other takes an at large bid.    Is there an exception when it involves the National Champtionship game?  Or just an exception for the SEC?

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:07 am

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

 Chris (USC) reason why UCLA can't play Ole Miss in the Toilet Bowl..good matchup

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:44 am

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Can you babies cry any more? The reason the NCAA approved of this is because UCLA did not play any fcs teams this year meaning every one of them counted towards eligibility unlike most programs who bad their records with at least one easy win a year. 

And honestly who cares if there is so many bowls, would you rather be the big women you really are and watch HGTV during December instead of football? Even then if you don't want to watch it then just go do something better with your time and let the affiliates of that school enjoy it.

People on the internet are such big babies, Jesus.

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:15 am

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

INspired1nmich, valid point! the only way for Alabama,  not go to a BCS Bowl, is to have Georgia Knock off LSU, and OSU jump Alabama in the rankings, But in my opinion Alabama, is atleast the 2nd best team in the country, and if they ended up in a second tier bowl, the results would be much the same as last year, a beat down of a Big Ten team!

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:52 am

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Funny how people make a big deal of a 3rd place Big Ten School going to a BCS bowl, when a 3rd place SEC school is going to the National Championship game.. 

actually its the second place SEC team unless somehow Georgia beats LSU......but the reality is that the SEC is good and everyone except fanboys realize the Big 10 is pretty mediocre and Michigan is just not good enough to be rewarded with a BCS berth

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:51 am

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

NCAA just beamed the mediocrity light on itself. Never make policies you don't intend to keep. Putting a losing record team into a bowl game makes the whole process a joke.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:58 am

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Since they are allowing this to happening and not allowing deserving teams then what is the point of having Bowl games?  Why not just make everyone "eligible" and "invite" them to participate?

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:57 am

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

The land of the free...hah!

Vested interests are wrecking this.

Split the FBS into divisions of 12 teams. After 11 rounds, the bottom 3 are relegated and the top 3 promoted each year. Top 2 in the top league play for the national title. If it makes people happier, take the top 24 and split into 2 divisions of 12, with the winner of each division playing each other.

It really is very simple to design a solution, but the conferences, the traditional match-ups, and money in general will ensure it never works     

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