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April 30, 2008

BCS Mess Will Continue

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg Gaston @ 4:13 pm

At least SEC Commissioner Mike Slive stepped up to the box, unfortunately he took a 3-2 curve ball right over the heart of the plate. On Wednesday BCS officials rejected a proposal from Slive for a mini 4 team playoff that would culminate in a plus one format. Division 1-A College Football continues to be the only sport (Collegiately or Professionally) to not determine a champion by some form of a playoff.
Here was the quote from ACC Commissioner John Swofford…”After a very thorough discussion among the group, we have decided that because we feel at this time the BCS is in an unprecedented state of health, we feel it’s never been healthier during it’s first decade. We have a made a decision to move forward in the next cycle with the current format”. Slive responded by saying that he wasn’t surprised, and quite frankly, should any of us be?
College Football is a great sport and there’s not much I can find fault with. The BCS however is something that the majority of college pigskin fans are unsatisfied with. A four team playoff is a move in the right direction, but the powers at be are not interested in making the majority happy. They know how good they have it, and hey realize how much money is involved with the system in existence.
The biggest roadblock for a playoff is the Pac 10 and Big 10 Conferences and their relationship with the Rose Bowl. In fact, Rose Bowl officials feel they have already compromised too much in being involved with the BCS, so a playoff is out of the question. Those not involved with either the Pac 10 or Big 10 have other concerns like making College Football a two semester sport and lessen the importance of the regular season.
Look, I have neither the time nor the patience to list the many reasons why that is a bunch of you know what. Nobody seems to mind when the College Hoop season lingers on for three additional weeks while student athletes miss multiple days of school. Face it, this is only about the almighty dollar.
So forget about equality among the programs. Forget about everyone getting a piece of the pie. This is about the Kings in their Castles who still decide who gets the gold and how. Let us never rattle the Pomp and Circumstance that make up the Big Bowl Games. They will tell you how important tradition is, but when it comes down to it, sometimes even good things can improve, even if it means breaking traditions and starting new ones.

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