Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
Blog Entry

Surprise! (Not) Fiesta stays in BCS

Posted on: May 11, 2011 4:56 pm
 
It's what we all thought it would be.

Fiesta Bowl gets its Tostitos slapped, gets fined $1 million. In Wednesday's statement the BCS was "deeply troubled" by the financial shenanigans for a bowl that had "scant record for ethics." A BCS task force huffed and puffed and took 15 pages of legalese to explain why it was so upset ...

... and then conditionally allowed the Fiesta to keep its place in the BCS

Reasonable folks can debate whether the Justice Department will be able to touch the BCS. But it's obvious they're not going to harm themselves. Remember, many of the eight-person group that evaluated the Fiesta has been gorged with the bowl's food and drowned with its drink in the past. The Fiesta has this annual three-day retreat that used to be called the "Fiesta Frolic." Yes, legitimate business is done there but there's a lot of free stuff too. One critic called last week and laughed, telling me a member of the bowl licensing subcommittee that is going to decide the Fiesta's NCAA fate "hasn't paid for a round of golf in his life."


I get that every AD in the country gets invited to the Frolic, now renamed the "Valley of the Sun Experience and Fiesta Seminars". I get that it's a great way to network. I also question, still, why eight truly independent persons couldn't be found by the BCS to decide the Fiesta's fate. The Fiesta itself did it, forming the special committee that uncovered all the graft and political contributions that the task force re-investigated.

Per that task force, the Fiesta is now subject to annual audit. Fair enough, but why not all the BCS bowls? If you think the over-the-top spending stopped in Phoenix, you're nuts. It would add a layer of credibility and wouldn't cost much. Isn't that how the Fiesta got in trouble in the first place? It didn't have proper oversight.

"We have no reason to suspect there is any kind of issue for the other bowls," said Bill Hancock, the BCS executive director.

Oh, really? Party on, Orange, Rose and Sugar.

By trying to localize the problem, the BCS is inviting more scrutiny. One of the "reforms" being put on the Fiesta is that two members of its board must be from the "collegiate community." Bet me a bag of those chips that both persons will be veterans of the FrolicExperienceSeminars.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: BCS, Fiesta Bowl
 
Comments

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Lack of Institutional Control!!!

I would say the BCS is certainly a formidable Institution in the NCAA world at this point.  How/why has the NCAA not slapped the BCS with the death penalty for these violations for demonstrating a clear lack of Institutional Control?  So frequently we are hearing about schools being charged with said penalties by the NCAA.  And yet the NCAA will continue to allow the BCS diptards to continue extricating money hand-over-fist from the rightful pockets of all NCAA D-1 institutions regardless of the BCS's clear lack of institutional control?  Hypocrisy to it's greatest extent!

At this point, the US Justice Department needs to find the NCAA guilty of Lack of Institutional Control and slap the NCAA with a Death Penalty.  Let's clean house and get a new "governing body" over the athletic departments of all of these schools.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:37 am
 

Surprise! (Not) Fiesta stays in BCS

college football is easily the most corrupt sport in the world. it's reached unmatched tlevels of ridiculousness. therefore, how is anyone surprised by the way this has been handled? too much money, not enough character.



Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:14 am
 

Surprise! (Not) Fiesta stays in BCS

Party on!!  Someone here wants the damn Jerry World Cotton Bowl in this... and you think some how he's clean of corruption.  If Jerry ever gets a BCS title game I'll quit watching college football.  Dallas is the worst place to talk about corruption... Jones, Cuban, SMU.. come on. 

Coming from a Miami football / Kentucky basketball fan, that's hilarious.  Are you the pot, or the kettle?

Having said that, I'll agree to the overall concept that I don't want to see the national championship played in the Cotton Bowl, under the current structure.  And that's coming from a Dallas resident.  However, that's not because of Jones (who I agree is about as money-hungry as they get), or Cuban (how did he get pulled into this conversation again?), or SMU (again, I start thinking of kitchen equipment here).  It's because I want a playoff, and if the Cotton Bowl replaces the Fiesta, it's business as usual.

Sorry for the double-post, gotta love the error-free nature of CBS' website! (Not)




Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:07 am
 

Surprise! (Not) Fiesta stays in BCS

Party on!! Someone here wants the damn Jerry World Cotton Bowl in this... and you think some how he's clean of corruption. If Jerry ever gets a BCS title game I'll quit watching college football. Dallas is the worst place to talk about corruption... Jones, Cuban, SMU.. come on.



Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 3:08 am
 

Surprise! (Not) Fiesta stays in BCS

I guess the BCS had to have mercy on the City of Glendale if the NHL did not.



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:23 am
 

Surprise! (Not) Fiesta stays in BCS

basically UCONN covered this fine, and the Fiesta Bowl still turned a profit.  unreal...



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:08 am
 

Surprise! (Not) Fiesta stays in BCS

Party on!!  Someone here wants the damn Jerry World Cotton Bowl in this... and you think some how he's clean of corruption.  If Jerry ever gets a BCS title game I'll quit watching college football.  Dallas is the worst place to talk about corruption... Jones, Cuban, SMU.. come on. 



Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:01 am
 

Surprise! (Not) Fiesta stays in BCS

I wish someone in our government would look into all the NCAA's conferences and their executives.  I guarantee that they will find plenty of millionaires abusing tax loopholes.  Please explain to me to how any of these organizations are considered charitable?  They've made billions of dollars throughout the years, and the only charity they give substantial amounts of money to are the politicians they pay off to keep their scam going.  This fine is a joke, a million dollars is chump change and will change nothing.



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:36 am
 

Surprise! (Not) Fiesta stays in BCS

just like they denied the Fiesta Bowl had any issues initially as well.  They're not going to audit those other bowls, they know what they'd find and they're afraid of everyone else finding out.  But it should all come out during discovery for the antitrust suit



Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Surprise! (Not) Fiesta stays in BCS

It gets worse and worse every year. Sport is supposed to bring out the best in human endeavor, alas greed is running rampant and clouding the future of all sports pro and amateur. Pure greed is ruining other aspects of American life besides sports.I suspect that the Justice Department will one day have to get involved and clean house, that seems to be the only way that the current B.C.S. mess will get righted. Somewhere in Arizona people are saying business as usual with huge grins on their face, after all a million is chump change to these guys, and in Dallas the Cotton Bowl still awaits.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com