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A letter from the Boise State president

Posted on: February 12, 2010 5:12 pm

 (released Feb. 12)

 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education is a new publication presented by Boise State University that highlights a topic of particular relevance in higher education.

This inaugural edition features an article adapted from a letter written by U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch to President Obama that addresses the Bowl Championship Series and the crowning of a national champion in college football. Sen. Hatch conducted a congressional hearing last July to examine the antitrust implications of the BCS. The U.S. Justice Department responded in a letter to Sen. Hatch last month saying that it was considering a probe into the legality of the BCS.

An antitrust inquiry is one possible avenue for addressing this issue, but it also could be solved by the BCS itself and the presidents who created and preside over it. It would require nothing more than for the BCS presidents to apply the values of fairness, access and equity for all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in reconfiguring the system. This commentary by Sen. Hatch explains both the flaws of the current BCS structure and the rationale for correcting the errors of its ways.

We at Boise State are fortunate to benefit from our two glorious moments at the BCS Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, but college football and its fans deserve a process less dependent on the overwhelming odds that it took for us to get to a BCS bowl and more dependent on a level playing field as the NCAA provides leading up to the Final Four basketball championship.

Even with a BCS bowl victory, universities and conferences from the non-automatic qualifying conferences are subjected to a revenue distribution formula that favors only the six automatic qualifying conferences. Bowl revenues accrue to the benefit of the entire university, not just to the athletic department. To deprive some of the revenue that others enjoy is to create a second-class citizenship for some universities that speaks volumes about how the nation's flagship universities that govern the BCS treat their colleagues and collaborators.


Bob Kustra
President, Boise State University

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Boise State

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2010 3:47 pm

A letter from the Boise State president

When it comes to growth for schools, higher education, better athletics, and recruiting... Money makes all the difference in the world! So of course they care about money! Success of any organization for that matter, is dependent on financial funding.

Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2010 7:35 am

A letter from the Boise State president

You're an apparent supporter of the current BCS system.  Tell me, if the BCS big boys don't care about money, why not share it equally with Non-AQ's who played well enough to qualify for a BCS bowl even against a stacked system?

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2010 8:33 am

A letter from the Boise State president

Perhaps if Boise State University could fill their own stadium with paying fans it would go a long way towards Boise State University filling it's coffers with sweet sweet $.  From this letter it is obvious that money is all they care about. 

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2010 8:20 pm

A letter from the Boise State president

I don't understand how the formula for revenue distribution works in the BCS bowls, I know non-AQ teams receive a significantly smaller portion of the revenues. Can some one explain why it is this way? The equity would be to pay all the teams the same for each BCS bowl. I know TCU and BSU combined received less than each individual AQ teams. I was at the Fiesta bowl both times BSU was there and it was filled both times. Doesn't make sense to me...........Did the Fiesta Bowl revenues go to the other BCS bowls?

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