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Friday hearings in D.C. re: BCS

Posted on: April 29, 2009 9:43 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2009 11:06 am

If John Swofford looks close enough, he might find Roger Clemens sweat stains.

The rage against the BCS machine reached a new level on Wednesday when the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee announced Friday hearings to "examine competitive fairness ... adversely impacted by the ... Bowl Championship Series ..."

There was more in the press release but it was superfluous language and it's been a long day.  Hearings have been threatened by Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch but this comes from a different direction. The Committee on Energy and Commerce is chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman. You might remember him as the main guy grilling Clemens a while back.

It's not clear who is going to chair the hearings on Friday. Swofford, the BCS coordinator, has been invited as a witness along with Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson, Paul Hoolahan, chairman of the Football Bowl Association and Gene Bleymaier, the Boise State AD.

Swofford, also the ACC commissioner and Thompson are the only two I could find Wednesday night who were committed to appearing. Hoolahan, better known as the Sugar Bowl executive director, told me he would not be there. There will probably be another FBA official there in his place.

"We're prepared for this, this isn't anything that has caught us off guard," said Hoolahan who heads one of the four BCS bowls. "There is such a level naivete on how this thing oeprates. These guys want to get a sound bite and get up on the bully pulpit. More than anything we have to wage an informational campaign. When their constituents hear that they about to shoot the goose that lays the golden egg (they won't like it)."

What do I think will happen? Not much, at least for now. This is a one day hearing and looks to be the work of Texas Rep. Joe Barton. Barton is a ranking member of the Energy and Commerce committee. Late last year he proposed a bill that would keep the BCS from calling it a "national championship game" unless it was part of a playoff.
Thompson and a group of a Mountain West officials visited senior legislative staff earlier this year. Thompson detailed an eight-team playoff proposal by his conference to replace the BCS last week in Pasadena, Calif. during the BCS meetings.

Swofford reiterated during the meetings that he feels the BCS would stand up to any legal challenges. I detailed some of Swofford's confidence earlier this month in a story about anti-trust lawyer Tom Rhodes.

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Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: April 30, 2009 11:28 pm

Friday hearings in D.C. re: BCS

oh please give me a break, why are these idiots getting involved with the bcs. nothing good can become of it.

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: April 30, 2009 11:22 pm

Friday hearings in D.C. re: BCS

Okay Dennis.  Yo dude.  Now you don't see this every

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Friday hearings in D.C. re: BCS

Comon now dd.  What'd you say that cbs censored it...........  heh heh heh

Seriously.  If Freeman can keep posting his blogs that seem to come from left field......

And that other cbs guy that keeps his blog updating on a weekly basis the line by line detail of the previous night's show of Lost....

Let's hear it for freeing dennis...

Free Dennis

Free Dennis

Shoot. you could make some chump change with the movie.........  all you need is your whale............. 

keep up the good work

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: April 30, 2009 10:07 pm

Friday hearings in D.C. re: BCS

Yes, read between the lines. Joe Barton when to Texas A&M. So just because he from Texas does not mean he support UT.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2009 10:24 am
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Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2009 10:21 am

Friday hearings in D.C. re: BCS

Bam! Wow, that was strong. I love it.

Read between the lines. Barton is from Texas. Who got "screwed" in the Big 12 South tiebreaker. Texas. Guess who is going after the BCS? Barton should be going after the Big 12, not the BCS.


Since: Apr 30, 2009
Posted on: April 30, 2009 9:16 am


"Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, for example, has sponsored legislation that would prevent the NCAA from calling a college football game a "national championship" unless it results from a playoff system."
---To be consistent, does Rep. Barton next go after MLB and prevent them from using the term "World Series" for their championship, since only the U.S. and Canada participate.

Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: April 30, 2009 2:05 am
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Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2009 11:24 pm

MWC proposal

I have heard alot recently about the MWC proposal for a playoff system, and have even heard that several other conferences are willing to consider it or parts of it.  However, I haven't heard what their format would be.  Could someone please enlighten me?

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