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More oversight expected on bowl system

Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2011 12:54 pm
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NEW ORLEANS -- For those of you who have long wondered what the NCAA can do to rein in bowl excess, we may be about to find out.

NCAA president Mark Emmert is expected to put what is termed a "moratorium" on the addition of bowls in the future during a Thursday morning conference call. The NCAA announced the call with media Wednesday to discuss "bowl football licensing issues." The NCAA has precious little oversight regarding college football, even less in the postseason where its licensing of bowls has turned into a rubber stamp, partially because of legal reasons.

Emmert is expected to announce tougher licensing standards to address the overabundance of bowls now at 35. The 70 slots meant that some bowls came close to requesting a waiver to invite below .500 teams last season. The timing of the call comes during the BCS meetings here during which Fiesta Bowl officials are here trying to make their case to the NCAA bowl licensing subcommittee and a BCS task force. The task force is determining whether the Fiesta should be part of the BCS going forward. The Fiesta is restructuring after an independent report in March detailed lavish spending and possible criminal activity by former executive director John Junker. 

The NCAA subcommittee certifies bowls on a four-year basis, although bowls can be evaluated year-to-year. Only two bowl, the old Silicon Valley Bowl and Seattle Bowl, have not been licensed in the history of the subcommittee and that was because of financial concerns. That's essentially all the power the NCAA has over the bowl system, aside from assigning from making officiating assignments. However, the subcommittee and task force are considering whether the Fiesta should be licensed/part of the BCS going forward.

BCS executive director Bill Hancock didn't know the exact nature of Emmert's call but said, "Personally, I think more oversight in general would be good for college football. I think anyone who viewed the Fiesta Bowl report would come away thinking the same thing."

Hancock added that, legally, the Fiesta could be kicked out of the BCS before next year's game. The task force is expected to issue a decision by mid-May. Fiesta officials met with members of the task force for what was termed an information-gathering session Saturday in Chicago.

"The answer is, yes, we believe there is [a way to kick out Fiesta]," Hancock said. "But we're miles away from there."

"There's a whole spectrum [of penalties] -- all the way from no action [to] all the way to the right side, finding another bowl game."

The 40-year old Fiesta Bowl is aligned with the Big 12. It selects the conference champion if that school is not selected to the BCS title game. The other spot in the bowl is at-large.  

The fact that Emmert is speaking during the BCS meetings is significant. Perception-wise these are not good times for the NCAA and the BCS. The Fiesta scandal has been attached to others at Auburn, Ohio State and Tennessee.

"We certainly are under a lot of heat," Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said. "We've got to carefully analyze where we're going. If you step out too far and make judgments at this time you usually regret them after. It would be very irresponsible to label where we are and what the future holds."

Other news nuggets from the BCS meetings: 

--BCS commissioners are getting more concerned about the later date of the championship game. The 2010 game at the Rose Bowl was played Jan. 9. January's game in Glendale, Ariz. was the latest ever, Jan. 10. At this late date there is no firm date for the 2012 game here at the Super Dome because of the NFL labor situation. The traditional Sugar Bowl will be played Jan. 2 or Jan. 3 with the title game tentatively scheduled for Jan. 9. That could change, though, if the NFL schedule is pushed back even one week. 

--The geeks will oversee the geeks. After a scoring input snafu in December, the BCS endured one of the biggest embarrassments in its history. LSU and Boise State were ranked in the wrong order in the final standings. The mistake was caught by CBSSports.com contributor Jerry Palm but did not affect the bowl placements. Hancock said the six BCS computer operators have established "peer review" that will make sure the right scores are placed into the computers. "They need to not let us down again," Hancock said sternly.

--The recent anti-trust challenge from Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff was met with a typically short rebuke. Shurtleff recently said he intends to sue the BCS for anti-trust violations. "We are absolutely confident that the BCS complies with the laws of the country," Hancock said. 
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Comments

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: April 28, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Remember people:

Because bowl games are non-profits, they do not pay any taxes



Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2011 11:26 am
 

More oversight expected on bowl system

Specific case law, huh?   Please cite the case.     You're full of it.



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:51 am
 

More oversight expected on bowl system

Emmert and Hancock have little interest in doing anything significant, which might impeed the inflow of cash to their nifty little system.  Neither has any genuine desire to really try to fix what is wrong with the NCAA and the BCS.  And ADs like Slive and Beebe want nothing more than to continue their cash cow operation too. 

This thing called corruption in college football runs deep and wide.



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:42 am
 

More oversight expected on bowl system

Teams are awarded spots in the NC game by the perception of their regular season accomplishments.  The title is still awarded and not truly won.  If it were won, it would be impossible to have more than 1 undefeated team left at the end of the season.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 8:52 am
 

More oversight expected on bowl system

"No top division college football team has ever "WON" the national title.  Every single one has been "awarded" the title by "judges."  It is no different than winning the gold medal in synchronized swimming, figure skating or gymnastics.  They are all judged.  And, as we found out with the French judge a few Olympics ago, the judges can be crooks.  So, with all that being said, I am with you 99' RAMS."

Since 1998, there has been a championship game in college football, and the only judges were the officials on the field.  Teams are awarded a spot in the NC game based on their regular season accomplishments.  People can complain about not have a playoff if they choose, but to say that the title is now awarded is just not correct.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 6:44 am
 

NCAA president may bring hammer on bowl system

No top division college football team has ever "WON" the national title.  Every single one has been "awarded" the title by "judges."  It is no different than winning the gold medal in synchronized swimming, figure skating or gymnastics.  They are all judged.  And, as we found out with the French judge a few Olympics ago, the judges can be crooks.  So, with all that being said, I am with you 99' RAMS.



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 1:50 am
 

NCAA president may bring hammer on bowl system

i will never watch college football till they get a playoff. im not investing my time and emotions in watching a sport that doesnt have a playoff system. it is the worst thing about any sport at any level.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:51 am
 

NCAA president may bring hammer on bowl system

Can no twait ot see Michigan play Nebraska! I'm salivating!



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:41 am
 

NCAA president may bring hammer on bowl system

plus byu is screwed now as an indepent, becuase before if they were in the top 14, they might be guranteed a spot as bcs at large, but now, if they don't finsih in the top 2 there is no guarntee they get a bcs bid



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:36 am
 

NCAA president may bring hammer on bowl system

Oh no, don't eliminate some of the lesser bowls, that would mean BYU would not get a chance to be in a pre-Christmas-nobody-cares bowl game.


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