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NCAA prez to DOJ: Ask the BCS about playoff

Posted on: May 18, 2011 3:33 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 3:34 pm

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."

Here is the entire letter.  

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. 

Category: NCAAF

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 1:28 pm

NCAA prez to DOJ: Ask the BCS about playoff

i mean look at ohio st they constantly schedule mac teams at the beginning of the season to get easy wins

Give me a break, mrball1!  There is basically no difference between Ohio St's and Nebraska's non-confernece schedules.  Both tend to play one marquee game against a good BCS conference opponent, and 3 games against patsies.  This is the norm for the majority of BCS programs.  Yes, OSU schedules a lot of MAC fodder.  Much of that is because OSU likes to play at least one other team from Ohio to help spread the wealth.  But so what if OSU's fodder is from the MAC?  Nebraska has scheduled the following lightweights over the past 5 seasons:

W Ky, Idaho, S Dakota St, FL Atlantic, Ark St, La Laffayette, W Mich, San Jose St, New Mex St, Nevada, Ball St, La Tech, Nicholls St, and Troy.

Guess what?  Nebraska's patsy list included a couple of MAC teams.  Pushovers are pushovers, regardless of conference.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2011 12:02 pm

NCAA prez to DOJ: Ask the BCS about playoff

Dear Officer,

I'm sorry my 15 year-old just did X Y and Z.  But really, I can't make him do anything, you'll have to talk to him yourself.

We would call that a parent checking out and not being involved with their child and their issues.  Sounds just like the NCAA here.  Yes, you cant TECHNICALLY make the BCS do anything...but you are the boss so start acting like it.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:21 am

NCAA prez to DOJ: Ask the BCS about playoff

ah yes, another Dodd mess of an article, never ceases to amaze me...the issue Dodd, you overpaid undereducated excuse of a writer, is just that, the NCAA does not have control of football.

Emmert took the easy way out and was a coward by saying hey, we are the NCAA, we don't control football.  Instead, he needs to grow a pair and say yes, the NCAA needs to take control of football.  Once they do, they can follow the same format as they do in every other sport and conduct a playoff and give away the same trophy they do in every other sport, that wooden thing.  This would get rid of the crystal football and put control under the NCAA and in reality, create a ton of new jobs.

What kills me is that the NCAA polices the student athlete who plays football and is all in the business of making sure the games are proper but then when it really counts, they cop out and the bowls run the show.

Makes no sense, so we know Dodd doesn't understand this really, Emmert is a coward and the DOJ needs to spend my tax money better cause I don't want them in football anyway.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 9:39 am

NCAA prez to DOJ: Ask the BCS about playoff


isn't that what all the elitists were saying about Butler in hoops?  These non-AQ's you reference seem to have done pretty well when they were given their opportunity against AQ teams in the bowls haven't they?  And if the AQ teams are so superior, then what are they scared of?  They should be able to walk all over them if a playoff was to come about, right?

The Big 12 doesn't want any more teams.  It's a joke of a conference that no longer wants to have a conference championship game.   

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: May 19, 2011 8:09 am

NCAA prez to DOJ: Ask the BCS about playoff

If BYwho, Utah ect want to be players in the BCS,  join it.  The Big 12 needs some new faces,  the same with the Big East.  As for Utah,  Boise et al being "undefeated"  it's like a boxer fighting  has beens,  pugs and cripples and then wanting a title shot,  play the "contenders"  more than once a year.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 12:42 am

NCAA prez to DOJ: Ask the BCS about playoff

yeah well tell taht to utah that the regular season matters, you know a team that was left out of the bcs title game, in a season where they were the only unbeaten team during the rgeular season,a s yeah that's right boys and girls florida had the loss to ole miss and ohio st lost that year, yeah the regular seaosn matters my eye, i mean look at ohio st they constantly schedule mac teams at the beginning of the season to get easy wins, i mean really the regular season is, a few good games, but the big schools don't want to play little schools, or in the case of florida on the road during the rgeular season, becuase the last time they played outside of flordia they lost big time

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 12:32 am

NCAA prez to DOJ: Ask the BCS about playoff

there really is no basis for the argument that a playoff would water down the regular season.  It's just a copout fans of AQ conference teams use because they're afraid their team might get embarassed by a non-aq.  Most likely a playoff would enhance the regular season because teams would be more willing to schedule better non-conference games if they knew one loss wouldn't kill their title hopes.  I'm pretty sure the NFL is the most succesful league ever, is their regular season watered down?  I don't think I've ever heard anyone make that statement.  

Bowls are a terrible idea which cost schools a fortune.  Read Death to The BCS or this report (  ) and tell me how bowls make sense.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 12:27 am

NCAA prez to DOJ: Ask the BCS about playoff

pretty sure I heard the Boise St president say it not too long ago.  Fresno St president did too.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:36 pm

NCAA prez to DOJ: Ask the BCS about playoff

Hey Dudd, so the NCAA doesn't have control over the NCAA postseason?  What a moronic statement.  Of course they do.  Go tell your lies somewhere else.

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:10 pm

NCAA prez to DOJ: Ask the BCS about playoff

Go Blue:

Your Elitist, nonsense argument is so old and pathetic.

For one, I am a BYU fan.  BYU is easily better than half of the BCS teams in any given season.  Is some seasons they can play with the very best.  Your taunt of "Go join a real conference" is SO LAME!  BYU would love to join an AQ conference and compete.  But, of course, it doesn't work that way.

So, all the while, the teams like Duke, Minnesota, Iowa St, Baylor, etc, etc, etc that produce annual mediocrity and get millions of BCS dollars for it, keep on the gravy train.  BYU, not mention Boise St, and historically Utah, TCU could clean these teams anytime, anywhere.

Far too many teams in AQ conferences DO NOT DESERVE TO BE THERE.  There are non-AQ teams that easily belong among the nations elite.

Perhaps it is time to redefine Division I athletics.  Let's change the annual attendance average from 15,000 to 40,000.

Oops, did you see those BCS lightwieghts just drop off the map?!  You can replace those with the major league teams in non-AQ conferences that have a bonafide major football program.

As far as your Michigan program.... well at least you have good attendance.

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