The sooner the BCS folks end their meeting, the sooner I can quit talking about the damned thing.
In the meantime…
Remember Mr. Macho, who’s ready to tell the Pac-10, Big Ten and Rose Bowl to take a hike?
I dare the Pac-10 and Big Ten presidents, chancellors, athletic directors and commissioners to keep up this obstructionist attitude by withdrawing and keeping their hallowed tie to one another.
It would go against the desires of their fans — all to stubbornly appease the folks in the funny-colored coats and their sponsors.
Let’s then see what happens to a college football championship.
We’d likely learn just how fast the Pac-10/Big Ten could experience a bout of humility and beg to be allowed back.
Now that’s what we had with the Bowl Alliance, the predecessor to the BCS. And it wasn’t the three crumbling under the pressure of the fans that brought the separation to an end.
But there’s been one big change since that era that ought to be factored in before giving the three the bum’s rush.
… The Rose Bowl’s inclusion in the BCS helped assure there would be a No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup but it has lost more schools to the cause than it imagined.
Dorger said he was told, based on precedent, he could expect to lose an anchor school once every four years to the BCS title game.
What he didn’t envision was USC’s hiring Pete Carroll, unemployed at the time, and Ohio State’s taking a chance on a coach from Youngstown State named Jim Tressel — and those two coaches, almost immediately, taking their schools to the top of the BCS.
Since 2001, the Rose Bowl has five times lost either USC or Ohio State to the championship game. [Emphasis added.]
In other words, please don’t throw me in the briar patch, Br’er Fox! Wouldn’t it be ironic if both sides went their separate ways and in the first year after that happened Southern Cal and Ohio State finished one and two at the end of the regular season?
And then there’s Rep. Neil Abercrombie, who’s still taking his case to the public, this time with an opinion piece in the AJ-C. Aside from equating his recently introduced BCS-buster bill with matters such as “… war and peace, international relations and domestic economics to cracking down on corporate fraud and government corruption…” and his mistaken belief that there’s enough money in college football to balance the budgets of athletic departments across America, he does wax eloquent about the glories of March Madness, which he cites as a “model” for college football.
But I might have an easier time believing in his concern that “… Congress should act in the interest of all colleges and universities, athletes, coaches, staff and supporters to guarantee financial opportunity, parity and true competition…” if he hadn’t shown up at his press conference to promote his bill clutching a U-H football.