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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
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 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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Since: Sep 22, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:04 am

NCAA president may bring hammer on bowl system

They arent goin to do a dang thing.  The bowl system is just fine crowning a champ.  You of all people know this.  Dodd, did your daddy slip & drop you on the head as a child?  Nobody questioning how we get number one here.   

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:13 pm

NCAA president may bring hammer on bowl system

"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."
I would bet my house that there will no action other than finding another commissioner. The college system is as broken as ur government, just better at making money. 

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:32 pm
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Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:28 pm

NCAA president may bring hammer on bowl system

People had better learn to give up the dream of a playoff system.  NO ONE cares what YOU think.  The NCAA and BCS RUN college football, whether you people like it or not.  You people have no idea what would be involved if the BCS schedule any type of playoff other than a "plus one" system.  You have no idea about the logistics involved.  No idea about the hardships it would cause.  You selfish guys just want to see what YOU want.  The University Presidents could care less what YOU want, and they are correct in doing that.  They should be looking after their student athletes, alumni, and Schools, not a bunch of clowns who sit back and watch football on T.V. and go to one game every 10 years, if that.  Grow up people.  It is about time that you realize that the very last people the NCAA, BCS, and University Presidents care about are YOU.

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:19 pm

NCAA president may bring hammer on bowl system

How much more scandle can the sport take. Lets all stick our heads in the sand and pretend these are student athletes. Fact of the matter is that these are nothing more than a bunch of street thugs that would not be admitted on the grounds of most college campuses unless they were there to mow them.

The system becomes more corrupt with each passing day and if we had a media in this country it would have been exposed as the fraud that it has become. You have a parent demanding 200K for his sons services, you have a yard sale to a guy under a federal investigation for drugs so some clowns can ink up, you have guys being shot, people being robbed and in the end none of it matters just so long as your team gets one of those cherrished bowl bids that the corrupt system has set aside reguardless of your teams record.

At some point there needs to be a commishiner that will have the authority to establish rules and deal out swift justice to those programs and players that continue to break the laws of the sport. The time has also come to trash the BCS system and its automatic Bid system where last season you had 2 teams outside the top 15 one totally unranked getting bids to games that paid out 18 million while you had programs inside the top 8 the entire year walk away with a miilion dollar payday.

Lets stop dancing around the corruption and punish those who continually break the rules and reward those programs that have achieved their success on the field of play within the guidelines thats how you crown a champion. 

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 9:27 pm

NCAA president may bring hammer on bowl system


Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:54 pm

NCAA president may bring hammer on bowl system

To continue my last post: Or, Emmert could just be dancing like a good marionette, the better to calm intemperate outsiders, lest they trouble his bosses' digestion.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:52 pm

NCAA president may bring hammer on bowl system

Mark Emmert is an idiot with delusions of grandeur. He seems blissfully ignorant of the fact that there exists specific case law that led DIRECTLY to the creation of the BCS by the six conferences and ND. It is, BY LAW, the right of each of the schools to bargain their own terms and make and break their own associations (in addition to the NCAA.) 
He'll soon enough find, should he do more than run his flapping gums, that he isn't the boss of them, not even to the extent that Goodell and Stern are the bosses of their respective owners. If he tries to end run them, they'll just leave, either to be on their own or join the NAIA. As for the small fry and their fans, let them play in the existing Division-I Playoffs, where greed never rears its head. I'm sure their few feeble eyeballs will pump up those rating to the mid-0.01's.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:45 pm
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