Doug Robinson: BCS has finally admitted what everyone knew all along

Published: Wednesday, May 30 2012 7:24 p.m. MDT

Hancock was drinking the Kool-Aid and he wanted the rest of us to drink it, too. When asked last summer why a whopping 81 percent of the revenue from the five BCS bowls went to the six BCS conferences ($115 million) and the rest ($24 million) went to the five coalition conferences, Hancock used his dizzying BCS logic to explain it this way: The six BCS conferences accounted for eight of the 10 teams in the BCS bowls; therefore, those conferences deserve the big payout. Great, first the BCS creates an inequitable system that makes it almost impossible for non-BCS schools to get into a BCS bowl, then they use their absence in those bowls to justify the inequity in the payouts.

"It's a fair and appropriate distribution of the revenue," Hancock concluded.

(And here we are compelled again to recall what the great George Costanza once told his friend: "Jerry, just remember, it's not a lie if you believe it.")

Well, a four-team playoff is a welcome change, although it is almost certain to have inequities and flaws. It's a shame they didn't see the light sooner.

The list of those who were robbed by the BCS is long. Just pick a year, any year.

In 1999, one-loss Kansas State was ranked third in the final BCS standings but was passed over for a BCS bowl in favor of No. 4 Ohio State and No. 8/two-loss Florida.

In 2002, Nebraska, which failed to win its conference and was ranked No. 4 in the polls, played in the title game where it lost to Miami.

Meanwhile, unbeaten Oregon was shipped off to the Fiesta Bowl, where it crushed Colorado.

In 2004, Texas coach Mack Brown openly lobbied pollsters to leapfrog his No. 6 Longhorns past No. 4 Cal and the 'Horns did just that to land in the championship game.

In 2005, Auburn and Utah were undefeated at the end of the season and never had got a shot at the championship game. Utah got stuck playing an outmanned team from the Big East, Pitt, and won 35-7.

In 2007, the Orange Bowl chose No. 8 Kansas over No. 6 Missouri, even though the Tigers had just beaten Kansas.

In 2008, No. 9 Boise State and No. 11 TCU played in the Poinsettia Bowl — while No. 12 Cincinnati and No. 19 Virginia Tech met in the Orange Bowl.

In 2009, Utah routed Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in one of the most perfectly executed games ever played in a BCS game to claim its second unbeaten season in four years, but the Utes were never allowed to compete for the national title.

In 2011, we had 8-4 UConn — another gift from the lame Big East — playing Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.

With Bud Selig-like speed, the BCS/college football has finally seen the light and will take a major step toward a more equitable system.

It's a welcome move, but it's difficult to applaud them for doing something that so obviously needed to be done a long time ago.

email: drob@desnews.com

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