Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:35 pm
Senior Writer Dennis Dodd joins us to talk about some recent news, how to fix this broken college football system and much more. We also allow the user to get to know Dodd, including the best game he has ever seen, his feelings on hate mail, his favorite stadium and his favorite movie.
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Posted on: December 7, 2010 5:27 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
As pointed out by CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm yesterday, the final BCS rankings contained a serious error in one of the computer rankings, one that directly affected the standings. Dennis Dodd correctly noted that it was pretty much luck that A: this error didn't affect a BCS bowl pairing itself (or, heaven forbid, the BCS Championship Game itself), and that B: the error was even caught in the first place, since the other five computer rankings don't release their calculations to anybody.
Those are viewpoints shared by Boise State president Bob Kustra, who has been critical of the BCS system's existence for years, and who saw his team directly affected by this error. Here's a letter Kustra sent to various school presidents and college athletics administrators today expressing further dissatisfaction with the BCS, published by the Idaho Statesman :
C. Wright Mills? Now there's a reference that should get people firing up Wikipedia. But Kustra is right: the near-complete lack of transparency on the part of the NCAA and BCS on this matter means that there is no assurance that non-AQ schools will ever be on the same level playing field as BCS-conference schools when it comes to playing for a national championship ... or for the $17 million that comes from one BCS bowl berth these days.
Whether Kustra will find allies in automatic qualifier conferences to help take up his cause is debatable; it's not exactly in those schools' best interests to give up any portion of the concentrated monetary power they currently enjoy, after all, and the institutionalized disadvantages Boise State and its fellow non-AQ schools face ensure that barring a sea change, those BCS-conference schools will never be forced to cede that power. "Sorry," they'll say, "but we're just more qualified for the postseason than you schools are. And we've got the computer rankings to prove it."
Posted on: November 29, 2010 4:01 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 4:13 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
There's not much question that the biggest news of the day in the college football world is the announcement that TCU will be joining the Big East in 2012. The decision to move from the Mountain West to the Big East presents a lot of changes for TCU, the Big East, and the Mountain West, and our own Dennis Dodd sat down to discuss what it all means with Lauren Shehadi .