Mark Emmert just hit it out of the park in terms of shoving it back in the Department of Justice's face.
In the NCAA president's answer to the DOJ Wednesday regarding the BCS, he essentially said, "Don't blame me, I just work here."
Or, if you want it verbatim: "... It is not appropriate for me to provide views on [football's postseason]. With regard to the Association's plans for [a playoff], there are no plans absent direction from our membership to do so."
Everybody satisfied? The NCAA has little to do with major college football's postseason. What control it does have is minimal. A few of my peers had kittens when DOJ sent the letter to Emmert, like this was some sort of end of the BCS.
Me? I was surprised that the DOJ shook its finger at Emmert when it should have contacted the BCS initially in the first place. To me, it kind of shows how clueless DOJ is at this point. They're not even asking the right questions of the right people in a possible anti-trust investigation.
Wednesday's letter basically tipped the leverage back in the BCS' favor. The system's power brokers are on record as saying they'll go back to the bowl system before installing a playoff. In short, Wednesday's developments can be summarized in these possible quotations ...
Emmert: The membership doesn't want a playoff.
The BCS: You can't make us have a playoff.
Big Ten commish Jim Delany basically said as much when he told USA Today, "There's no judge or jury in the world that can make you enter into an four-team, eight-team or 16-team playoff."
That's good enough for me. It's OK for you not to hate the BCS, but don't look for the DOJ to install a playoff. It isn't going to happen.