Hatch calls BCS 'biased' in SI article


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  • Anonymous
    Oct. 21, 2009 1:18 p.m.

    wah wah wah big crybaby!

  • George
    July 7, 2009 11:36 a.m.

    The senator has had the courage to say, "The king has no clothes." Go after the money grubbers.

  • Scoobie
    July 6, 2009 9:42 a.m.

    REF: Ben

    I totally agree with the anti trust issue but you will never see a 16 team playoff. The Networks and the Major Bowls will tie the courts up in a tangled web of litigation if you try to eliminate the Confernce ties to the major bowls. The Networks alone will pour money into the issue because they stand to lose the most on their exclusive contracts with the 4 Major Bowls, the Big Conferences and Select teams. They're not going to stand by and let that happen... they have too many really big sponsors and a lot of Sponsor money that do not want to see a playoff system forced.

    The easiest and best thing is to force the BCS to adequately address the issue of Undefeated Non BCS teams that are not given a shot at the Championship. It's a glaring issue and needs to be addressed now. If there is even one undefeated non BCS team then it should get to either playoff against the #2 for the chance to play the #1 ranked BCS team or the #4 team at the end of Regular season play if you have a 4 team playoff.

  • Ben
    July 6, 2009 7:19 a.m.

    Good for him- When Duke, Syracuse and Northwestern get 10 times the amount of money per year that BYU, Boise, ECU do something is wrong. It is an anti-trust violation b/c these crappy teams get millions of dollars per year to rebuild facilities etc. while the great teams from other conferences get shafted. The revenue should be shared equally amongst the D1 conferences with equal access to the playoff or BCS, 8 or 16 team playoff. Every other decent team could play in a bowl game. It would not destroy the bowls. The BCS is as anti-trust as it gets, face the facts. It should be destroyed

  • Re: Swiftouch
    July 4, 2009 9:56 p.m.

    uhhhhh....what??? us utahns (and people of idaho, apparently) are not after a BCS bowl game in our states. We are after our states' universities (Utah, Boise State, BYU, others...) to be in bowl games. Thanks

  • Scoobie
    July 4, 2009 9:31 p.m.

    REF:BD 7:02 July 2, 2009

    You've got to be joking...you can't possibly be serious saying what it appears you are saying. You can't really be that uninformed. There was no such thing as a split National Championship with Washington in 1984. Both the writers and the coaches unanimously gave BYU the nod. Washington turned down the oppurtunity to play BYU in the Holiday bowl...opting instead for the bigger New Years day paycheck playing Oklahoma...they were fully made aware and ignored the possibility that if BYU remained undefeated that the National Championship might easily slip from their hands or from Oklahoma's....they went for the money instead...and they were fully aware of the possibility... Oklahoma was tied to thier bowl they didn't have a choice...but Washington did. The rest of the country was not aware of nor even remotely even thought of the long standing traditions being broken....but they were...and it was because of the 1984 Championship... still the only NCAA Div I Football Championship not played in either the Rose the Sugar, the Orange or the newest Power bowl the Fiesta.

  • Scoobie
    July 4, 2009 8:46 p.m.

    REF:BCS is a Monoply
    Hey finally ...someone who actually knows and understands how the BCS Beast came to be. Yeaper...them Big New Years boys with their big multi million dollar TV contracts and the Big Ten...home of the BCS Brain Child.... didn't like having their long Standing traditons of National Championships broken and taken away from them by some little team out of the Rockies. Especially when they did it in a podunk little stadium in San Diego on the 27th of December and not on New Years Day.

    If you don't think the BCS is a monopolistic conspiracy especially after seeing Utah twice and Boise State not even arguably considered for a shot at the National title...then you are either really slow on the uptake or you are total apathetic morons content to just slurp up what little gravy the BCS purposfully spills on their dirty floors so that they can laugh at you and watch you slobber and drool while you're licking it up......Some token of respect !!! ......But if you're content with that...then hey...what can I say.

  • Gretkzy
    July 4, 2009 7:50 a.m.

    it's about time. and Obama better come through on this campaign promise to install a playoff system or i am not voting for him when he wants re-election votes. come to think of it i probably won't vote for him anyway unless Palin is running against him.

  • Anyone who has a pulse ..
    July 4, 2009 5:41 a.m.

    .. on the sports nation as a whole would understand that no one really cares or thinks what the BCS does is legit/fair. They polled 50 million+ people after the national championship game & most thought that the U deserved a shot or no champion was found, Surprised? College football is the only sport that has no legitimate champion. So no one really cares what happens at the end of the year. Its just a time to sit with your family and enjoy the break between christmas and new years.

    So here's my list of top semi-legit to legit team sport championships based on polling from espn .. usa today and gallup polls.

    1. NCAA Basketball - There is nothing better than watching the #1 ranked NCAA team loose.
    2. NFL Football - Arizona Cardinals presence in the Super Bowl warrants #2 ranking.
    3. NHL Hockey - putting all the best Russians on the Redwings is almost as bad as making a basketball team from the Dream team.
    4. NBA Basketball - example of last years classic finals matchup of the Lakers-Celtics. This is why the NBA is 4 - rigged officiating.
    5. Last - MLB World Series - Steroids .. need I say more.

  • BCS is a Monopoly
    July 3, 2009 9:55 a.m.

    In the beginning, College football was a "free enterprise" system. A small school in the midwest was allowed to compete and become known "Notre Dame". But college football evolved to where the “money” conferences “controlled” the college football scene. The NCAA National Championships were bestowed upon the survivor of the regular football season with the highest poll rankings (AP and UPI) after the bowl season was completed. The bowl assignments were awarded by conference collusions/contracts with certain bowls.

    In 1984 BYU won the National Championship following the “rules of the game”. When given their choice, play National Champion BYU or score big bucks in the Orange Bowl; Washington followed the BCS model; "go for the money". It is always about the money; money and control.

    Suddenly, it was a new world. The monopoly stewarts saw a new world on the horizon. They foresaw a free enterprise with TCU, Boise State, Utah, and BYU winning future national championships. They foresaw losing recruits, money, prestige, and power.

    What to do? Their answer was to corner the market; create and control a monopoly; thus the BCS was born. Remember, when it acts and quacks like a duck (or a Monopoly); it is.

  • Scoobie
    July 3, 2009 7:02 a.m.

    Change the Name

    One argument to your theory....there would be an asterik by the second Notre Dame...they are becoming quite popular in sports these days. Sorry for the put down on your illogical theory. I sincerely hope that there wasn't a Master's or a PHD riding on it. Good Luck with coming up with something substantial to replace it. You might try actually mentioning either Sen. Hatch or the BCS in your next attempt to say something meaningful. They are two essential elements of the article being discussed here. Focus and Perspective also.....in your case as well as many others they both need changing. The rivalry will take care of itself it doesn't take a bunch of BYU and UTEY misfits to keep it going.

  • jbra80
    July 2, 2009 11:27 p.m.

    First of all, the real issue is the money. Do you realize how much these teams make? Not just the teams making the big bowls, but the BCS conference cellar-dwellers. All they have to do is field a team every year and they bring in millionsfor their university. Did they earn it? No! They somehow became a part of one of these mega-conferences years ago and have benefited ever since. Second, sure not every mid-major team can make it through the Big 12, but there are exceptions. Last years Utes probably could not have done it, but they should have had a shot. The Urban meyer team easily could have, that team was as good a team as there has been the last 10 years in college (and i'm a BYU fan). And what about the BSU team that beat OU. And last, how do they decide which conferences get an automatic bid? The Big East, really? Notre Dame, really? So if the NCAA can't make it right and the BCS refuses to change, who's job is it to oversee big business? When there is this much money involved, the government.

  • just business?
    July 2, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    Folks, college football should not be treated like every other for-profit business. Remember that these universities are taking public monies all the time. The BCS schools are actually great at generating $$ for their big sports, so much so that many of their other sporting activities are free (I know, I attended one such school). But to just say, "it's a business and must look at for it's bottom line," is to deny the spirit of sportsmanship that we've attempted to establish with PUBLIC $$ at PUBLIC universities. It's a bit disingenuous to ask to be treated like a business at one moment and charity the next.

  • re:Join a Real conference
    July 2, 2009 8:45 p.m.

    Um, I wouldn't be posturing the Pac10 as the big bad conference you seem to think they are. The MWC pretty much spanked them last year--and that was even with the PAC-10 refs, who refuse to trade refs like pretty much every other conference in college football. As for the SEC, yeah, they're big and bad, and I've lived in football country (aka, "The South") and football really is life to many folks. But even our bottom dweller (Wyo) beat SEC's bottom dweller (Tenn) last year.

    The point is that the Utes spent nearly the entire season ranked in the top 25, beat 4 top 25 teams and still weren't even considered for a national championship. If a team like that doesn't have a chance to claim a nat'l title, then the system is clearly messed up.

  • Re:Eyepatch
    July 2, 2009 8:08 p.m.

    Ya Utah would have beat Florida just like the Jazz should have beat the Lakers. Unfortunately there is a playoff in the NBA..

  • Senator Hatch
    July 2, 2009 7:40 p.m.

    I am a Utah fan.I obviously liked to have Utah in the BCS championship team last year.

    However, Senator, this country is in need of much more serious legistrations.
    Let's fight against the liberal, socialist agenda that Obama, Pelosy and Reid are pushing at full speed aiming to destroy this country.
    Let's putting our efforts to vote for a more balanced House and Senate in 2010.


  • Re: Change the name
    July 2, 2009 7:35 p.m.

    I totally agree with you, but on the other hand over the years ND has earned their name and their status. They have proven they are not just a flash in the pan operation. 11 national championships, the four horsemen, Knute Rockne, The Gipper, Rudy, 7 Heisman trophy winners, all the great NFL players...They should get more condieration than Utah..

  • re:re:re 5:04
    July 2, 2009 7:14 p.m.

    Yeah, nobody outside Utah thought we should be National Champs. Nobodies like Dan Patrick and Jim Rome...

  • Real Conference
    July 2, 2009 7:07 p.m.

    Hey real conference, what was the Pac 10's record against the Mountain West in football this past season. Your are showing your ignorance

  • BD
    July 2, 2009 7:02 p.m.

    I would agree with BYU fan. And with all things being equal, BYU did not deserve the 1984 National Championship by going undefeated!!!! Oh, I am sorry, it was a split National Championship with Washington!

    All football teams in the country deserve the right to play for the national championship regardless of their conference. The automatic bid teams and conferences have a gravy train to the $$$$ and the National Championship.

    The BCS is big business. We are talking millions and millions of dollars if not approaching billions. BCS teams that are in major bowls get major TV time, major games, and major money. This should be available to all. I agree with Hatch, they broke up ATT and other groups, the BCS is not different!

  • Scoobie
    July 2, 2009 6:53 p.m.

    REF: BYU Fan and REF: re:5:04

    Don't worry boys the rivalry will take care of itself... it doesn't need a couple of friggen loudmouths to keep it going.

    Amazing how a perfect oppurtunity to lay in some licks against the biggest Farce in Sports throughout the land and it turns into a bunch of pea brains arguing over T shirts and socialism

    RISE and SHOUT..but only about Football and the BCS Please !!!!

  • Re: Sillyguy
    July 2, 2009 6:43 p.m.

    Isn't that the point? Even if a team in an automatic bid conference stinks it up--they still get the cash flow.

    Aren't we just looking for an Equal Opportunity EmPLAYer here?

  • Good
    July 2, 2009 6:38 p.m.

    You mean we won't text in our votes for who should be the next National Champion?

    You mean that self-serving coaches and media personnel won't hold up score cards each week?

    When the BCS elected to having a rating system determine its champion, college football became olympic diving.

    Utah: 5.7, 5.5, 5.9, 5.8, 5.5 (Loser)
    Florida: 6.0, 5.9, 6.0, 5.8, 5.6 (Winner)

    It's that absurd.

  • Change the name
    July 2, 2009 6:29 p.m.

    If Utah had played the same schedule with the same results, but under the name of Notre Dame, etc. they would have been National Champions. Can anyone argue with that?

  • re:re 5:04
    July 2, 2009 6:24 p.m.

    ask anyone who watched it that was a Utah fan. No one in the country outside of Utah thought Utah should have been National Champs..

  • re 5:04
    July 2, 2009 5:45 p.m.

    I hope you're being sarcastic. Utah deserved a NC. Ask anyone who watched the Sugar Bowl last year. By the way, I was picked on for wearing a Utah shirt to school. Hypocritical cougar...but then again I wouldn't expect anything different of a BYU fan.

  • Sillyguy
    July 2, 2009 12:44 p.m.

    Yawn ,none of you need to worry. Next year the Utes and Cougars will have sub par years and they will be both fighting to get to the Las Vegas bowl so they can be beat by yet another pac-10 team. yawn

  • Hatch is fixing the economy
    July 2, 2009 12:23 p.m.

    I would much rather these guys focus on sports than getting together to decide what else they can do to spur the economy. So far they have only interfered with the free market creating even worse long-term problems. The less gov't the better. So if they all took time away from fixing the economy it may actually just fix itself.

  • VF
    July 2, 2009 11:45 a.m.

    Roughly for Hatch: 19 (63%), and anti Hatch, 11 (37%).

    Those FOR Hatch have the best understanding of the BCS and those who are AGAINST Hatch either have NO understanding of the BCS or they are FOR teams playing for the BCS and want to keep it that way.

    Go Orrin, and don't think about your ANTI's. We are with you.

  • Cats
    July 2, 2009 11:32 a.m.

    To: OH PLEASE...your comments show that you CLEARLY have no idea what goes on in Washington. Hatch, in fact, is a very effective and respected Senator. He is probably the leading constitutional expert in the U.S. Senate. You really should get a little more experience before you make such uninformed comments.

  • Anonymous
    July 2, 2009 11:28 a.m.

    I just would like to add that there are some that say this is just a "sports" issue or that there are other "bigger" issues out there. Make no mistake this is a multi billion dollar business that the BCS has going on and they don't want to share. It is completely unfair and a total sham. Something needs to be done about it. The BCS is getting away with millions of dollars to select schools and conferences. What about the little guy or the chance to be the best. Hopefully something will change and even dealing with what some call an "insignificant" issue as this will help this country and the economy. Just my opinion

  • Fix the Economy
    July 2, 2009 11:27 a.m.

    I'd like congress to focus on things that really matter. The BCS is fine as it is. When my Longhorns go undefeated their national champs. Perfect. Look for it to happen again this season. OU or Florida go undefeated they're national champs.

    If the Utes and zoobies played in a real conference they could do the same, oh wait, they would have to play a full season against real football schools. I would love to see the Utes try to run the gauntlet known as the Big 12 South. TCU couldn't do it. Ask TCU enjoyed OU last year. The y will get a taste of OU soon enough. Now imagine playing UT, OU, OSU and TT over a six week period. Throw in Missouri Nebraska and A&M to round out your season. Ouch!

    Enjoy being a big fish in the mediocre MWC puddle or man up and join a real conference. But stop crying and wasting government resources.

  • wow
    July 2, 2009 11:06 a.m.

    I still can't believe that Hatch knows something that has affected our state. I wonder where he got his information. He must have an inturn that lives in Utah or something that told him about it.

    I thought Hatch was too busy working on the Death Star to notice anything that happens in Utah.

    He is 75 years old - don't you think if he is about to have his drivers license taken away, he shouldn't be able to be a senator anymore....

    Oh and to the poster who suggests that the Utes should just join another conference....uh I'm not sure you should be using a computer, but you actually have to be "invited" to join those conferences... hence the problem..

  • Grover
    July 2, 2009 11:04 a.m.

    Expensive way: sue for antitrust violation. Cheap way: pass legislation that bars the use of the term "national champion" without a playoff.

  • RE: lost in Utah
    July 2, 2009 10:51 a.m.

    This is a sports article, if you don't like it go to the buisness section. If you don't care about sports or the situaton with the BCS don't read it. Your the one that needs to focus.

  • RE: Join a Real Conference
    July 2, 2009 10:45 a.m.

    Get a clue. Don't you think they would have done this years ago. Have you ever heard of any invite? You have no idea what you are talking about. The BCS schools are scared to even play MWC schools. Have you seen their schedules? You want to talk about patsies check out Florida's OOC shedule.

    Hatch is doing the right thing. Level the playing field and spread the wealth.

  • @8:18
    July 2, 2009 10:15 a.m.

    First of all, its the PaC 10 and Big Twelve, not Pac 12 and Big Fourteen.

    Second of all, if BYU and UTAH were in those other confrences, they would have a far better recruiting pool than they do now. They would have some rebuilding years where they would have a hard time keeping winning records, but once they got a strong team in place, and a stronger recruiting class, you would see they would be able to dominate those confrences with ease.

  • Scoobie
    July 2, 2009 10:05 a.m.

    The so called Elite Teams formally given that status because they consistently year after year trompled over every one have been greatly reduced in recent years. The Big guns number fewer. Right now the only conferences who can brag about having more than one are The SEC with (4) and the Big 12 with (2) for sure and possibly a third.

  • lost in utah
    July 2, 2009 9:47 a.m.

    Dear Brother Hatch! Good for you! But what about the oil companies, the broadcast media that use the people's air ways, the banks, the insurance companies, wall street,corporations in general, health care etc.? Oh! they can take care of and police themselves! We must focus on sports! Sports is everything especially now. Lets keep our focus.

    I can't believe we are so stupid.

  • WOW
    July 2, 2009 9:29 a.m.

    So what else is new...This issue will die here in Utah as the local teams start losing and there will be no real need for altering the current BCS.

  • Scoobie
    July 2, 2009 9:11 a.m.

    REF: Swifttouch
    You know... it sure would be nice if some people knew thier BCS history a little. Dude... there is no movement to get The Big BCS Bowls moved. You're totally out in left field long after the lights have been turned off here. The 3 big Traditional New Years Day Bowls along with the 3 Major networks that always covered them conspired originally with the Big Ten conference to ensure that a 1984 National Championship never happens again. The 1983 Holiday Bowl is the only NCAA National Championship that was not played in either one of the former 3 Major New Year Bowls or the newest Power Bowl the Fiesta Bowl along with the newest TV power broker ESPN that not too many years ago challenged the 3 big Networks for the BIG MONEY Market share.

    The big Ten is where the BCS Brain Child is from...These guys were used to BIG LONG STANDING TRADITIONS. The Big Ten when playing for National Championships were used to winning or losing them usually in the Grand Daddy of all Bowls... The Rose Bowl......not some podunk little stadium in San Diego in December.

  • Nothing changes
    July 2, 2009 9:02 a.m.

    Years ago these same BCS schools were allowed to stockpile athletes so the other school coulnd't get them. Then the NCAA was forced to put a limit on scholarships and they could no longer stockpile athletes and these athletes started going to the other schools. That leveled the playing field. Then they said, why not have a limited bowl system which only we can get into and that will give us the big bucks and the athletes will want to come to our schools and not "those other schools". After all they want to play on the national stage.

    And the arrogant, hypocritical, gutless, spineless , political prostituted NCAA bought into it.

    The BCS should be tried on RICCO charges as a mafia type organization.

  • Clueless
    July 2, 2009 8:54 a.m.

    The only reason got into the BCS this year is because Congress did this same hearing several years back and the BCS modified their plans. The only way to change this is by legislation, because the BCS people will continue to protect their $ as long as they can.

    I have a suggestion. Take the top ranked BCS team and the top ranked non BCS team and pit them together in a championship bowl game. If the BCS teams are so great they will whip the non BCS ranked team every year. We know that won't happen because the BCS guys don't want to have to eat crow when they get their rearends handed to them on a platter, like Utah did to Alabama. They want to maintain this artficial superiority as long as they can and will drag their feet all the way to the bank for as long as they can.

    The NCAA is a gutless, useless, no back-bone, spineless group of President's who just happen to be from BCS conferences so they were duplcitous in their approval of the BCS system.

    Congress is gutless to not solved this problem before.

  • THEeyepatch
    July 2, 2009 8:34 a.m.

    He's right no matter what you think. We do need a Play-off system. Utes were an underdog against a team that they destroyed. Utes were 13-0. BCS teams are overrated and I know we would have beaten Florida, but we will never know? Get this system fixed!

  • Rockjock
    July 2, 2009 8:30 a.m.

    On top of everything else if the NCAA has done wrong. Take one look at march madness and the revenue it generates for the schools involved. I think if it was legit the championship game would be more popular than the superbowl.

  • Join a Real Conference
    July 2, 2009 8:18 a.m.

    If BYU and the U want to seriously compete for the national title then they need to laave the MWC (Mediocrity West Conference) and join the PAC 10 or the Big Twelve. My guess is that the two schools won't do this because they like having so many MWC patsies on their schedules which almost guarantees a good record.

  • Socialists
    July 2, 2009 8:16 a.m.

    Its very interesting to see the people in this most conservative state advocate legislation forcing the BCS to accept teams from smaller conferences. Never mind that very few of you will put your money where your mouth is. When Utah beat Alabama, there were less than 15,000 Utah fans in attendance. You are legislating forcing bowls to take a financial loss. If you won't follow your team, get a ticket, get a hotel, eat meals, buy souvenirs, the bowl can't pay out $12,000,000.

  • Better system??
    July 2, 2009 8:06 a.m.

    I love that the BCS has come out in the recent past and basically said that the BYU and Utahs of the world should be happy with the current system because it is better than the previous system. At least these smaller schools have a chance of getting into the Sugar Bowl and Fiesta Bowl when under the previous system they had no chance at this. Well, with that logic, shouldn't African-Americans have been happy with legal segregation because it was better than the previous system of slavery? I know civil rights is a much more important issue but I use the example to show the bigotry of the haughty leaders of the BCS. Billions of dollars are spent on college football every year. This IS a problem that congress should deal with. It's a business. Our government protects American citizens from corrupt business dealings.

  • Amazing
    July 2, 2009 7:35 a.m.

    This is more than a college football issue, folks. Higher education is in a financial crisis. Colleges and Universities are looking at what programs to cut or reduce due to our conditions. These schools rely on the extra money from the bowl games to keep programs going. The BCS conferences don't want to share that money, and they are afraid of fair competition.

    The argument that the BCS teams are the only ones generating revenue is suspect at best. The outside teams really have never had an equal chance to prove that they could generate an equal amount of revenue. They are not allowed to play on the same national stage as the "elite" teams.

  • brad
    July 2, 2009 7:27 a.m.

    if this is such a horrible system why dont we just take away some of he tax exempt status of those in the GCS conferences leveling the overall monatary playing field for everyone. Because we all know that if the MWC gets invited into the BCS we are all going to keep complaining until the WAC get its shot. Because that would be unfair if they get left out and we get invited.....right?

  • Oh please
    July 2, 2009 7:22 a.m.

    Hatch wants to be reelected. He is an old, ineffectual old man. He hasn't had an original idea for the last 16 years. No one takes him seriously anymore. The BCS is a mess. Everyone agrees but the conferences agreed to this arrangement when the BCS was set up. Everyone forgets that. Step down, Hatch. Retire with all your millions. You can buy and sell the State of Utah.

  • Swiftouch
    July 2, 2009 7:14 a.m.

    Dude. It's about the money. NOT about the sport. When you look at it from that angle it makes PERFECT sense for the BCS to do what it's doing.

    They are maximizing profits by keeping BIG BCS BOWLS in max profit areas. Because Utah, Idaho, etc do not have as many people, they don't want to have bowl games played in low populated areas such as Utah.

    Even with that said, I still think there needs to be a national playoff. It's really the only fair way of giving every school a chance. And the NCAA should be forced in this respect to dismantle the BCS in favor of a national playoff.

  • Cats
    July 2, 2009 7:03 a.m.

    Hatch is doing EXACTLY what he's supposed to be doing as an elected official. That is representing the interests of his constituents. There are at least TWO schools in his state that are being cut out of the big money by the BCS. That affects a lot of people in Utah.

    The BCS is clearly in violation of anti-trust laws and it needs to be reformed. It's time someone in Washington held their feet to the fire. There is A LOT of money at stake and it ripples through the system.

    Good for you Senator Hatch. Keep it up.

  • mike
    July 2, 2009 6:45 a.m.

    I love Orrin Hatch. When he knows he's right, he's not afraid to take on anyone, including the entrenched, well-funded interests of the BCS.

    The BCS is nothing more than an exclusive club designed to perpetuate a competitive and financial monopoly on college football.

    If there was ever a trust to be busted, this is it.

    Go Senator Hatch.

  • NY
    July 2, 2009 6:28 a.m.

    Hatch is right. This is a blatant anti-trust violation and if it was any other industry, government would be severely criticized for looking the other way.

  • Eugene
    July 2, 2009 4:28 a.m.

    Unbelievable postings!!! Give Senator Hatch some credit. He is finally taking on something that people care about!

    BCS stands for power and money, pure and simple. If you are a BCS team you have it made no matter if you lose every game. If not, you have to grovel to participate even if you win every game.

    Power and money has prostituted a great game into a business monopoly reserved for the collegiate elitists. It is now time to get something done and bring fairness back into the game.

    Now, Senator Hatch, juggle a few more things like fighting Obamanomics, out of control federal spending and stemming our slide into europeanistic socialism!

  • Az Dave
    July 2, 2009 1:22 a.m.

    Waa Waa Waa

  • Doing the job
    July 2, 2009 1:11 a.m.

    To Naruto: Of course "He is just pandering to the masses of Utah." That's who elected him. He's supposed to do that.

  • Anonymous
    July 2, 2009 12:43 a.m.

    Focus on something important.

  • Throw Hatch OUT!
    July 1, 2009 7:12 p.m.

    Hatch will jump on any hot button issue just to get his mug in front of the camera or his name in the paper.

    It's NOT the government's place to regulate sporting events... Hatch is part of the soft tyranny governing group of despots that currently occupy D.C.

  • jhe777
    July 1, 2009 6:36 p.m.

    Doesn't he have any real work that needs to be done. He might want to do something for his country instead of worrying about an unfair football game and grabing headlines.

  • Tim is the Tebow
    July 1, 2009 3:40 p.m.

    Be careful I hear Tebow can turn water into Gatoraide and kill you with the power of his mind. Florida just need speak a single word and the power of Tebow will destroy us all.

  • Scoobie
    July 1, 2009 3:31 p.m.

    Hey...the ball will soon be back in the the BCS's court. They're going to soon have to do something. They won't be allowed to just sit on their hands and drag their feet. They'll be given one last oppurtunity to make their own corrections.

    The NCAA is just as responsible for letting this get out of their hands as the Big Ten, the Major TV Networks and the Traditional former New Years Bowls are for creating this monster. Last week the MWC went in demanding an 8 team playoff. That might be something to possibly see further down the road. But there is a much bigger issue that needs attention and needs attention now. The issue of undefeated teams before the final BCS selections. It is obvious that some type of playoff must first start with addressing that key issue first. It can be done without changing the present BCS Bowl configuration and with only minimal changes to the selection criteria. However adding probably the Cotton Bowl to the The BCS stable would be a better way. In the article BCS blasts the MWC I outlined a 2 game scenario that would resolve the problem.

  • Common Sense
    July 1, 2009 3:22 p.m.

    Though I don't support most of Orin Hatches views, I do support this one, and have been waiting for someone to change the way a national champion in 1A college football is determined. It is Common Sense!

    Every other level of any sport has a playoff system that includes conference, district, division etc, champions. BCS is unfair and college football sucks to watch, because only every once in a while does the BCS get it right. The last several years only 1 of the best two teams had a chance to play for the national championship.

  • Naruto
    July 1, 2009 1:16 p.m.

    He is just pandering to the masses of Utah so he can get re-elected. That's all he cares about. Everyone in Utah is dissapointed with the BCS, but I think there are some more pressing concerns at this moment. Maybe you should take some driving lessons in the meantime Hatch.

  • lost in DC
    July 1, 2009 12:56 p.m.

    I fear all hatch may do is force college football back to the way it was before the BcS. the big money bowls would return to their conference tie ins and there would be no chance whatsoever for the Utahs and BSUs to get a chance at any of the money generated in those big bowls. bogus polls that don't look beyond 20-30 teams will still select their "champion", and said champion will never come from a conference outside the big six.

    One argument the BcS conspirators put forth that has yet to be refuted is they are the ones generating the most revenue, it's socialistic to force them to share with those who are not generating the same level of revenue.

    don't get me wrong, I'm not sticking up for the BcS, but unless they actually force some type of play-off system, the money generation, control, and crowning of some type of champion will still be in the same corrupt hands, if only under a different name.

  • Anonymous
    July 1, 2009 12:47 p.m.

    Good for him. Corrupt is corrupt. Next I hope he focuses on bailouts for failed companies i.e. fannie mae etc.

  • Svoboda
    July 1, 2009 12:44 p.m.

    The BCS is biased. It is corrupt. Just ask Alabama if Utah deserved a shot at that national championship. The Mountain West Conference had three times in the top 25, and two in the top seven. The MWC should have had two teams in the BCS bowls, not one. What a stupid, rigged system. And to hear grown men "lie" and say there is nothing wrong with it, insults everyone with half a brain.

  • Hypocritical Hatch
    July 1, 2009 12:26 p.m.

    Hatch's own political party, the Republican Party, conspires with Democrats to keep the political game all to themselves and keep out competing parties and other potential challengers.

    I can't take Hatch's complaint against the BCS seriously until he brings the same complaint against the two-headed, one party system from which he benefits.

  • politicians
    July 1, 2009 11:59 a.m.

    live for coverage like this, hopefully he actually does something more than yap about it, although I wouldn't hold my breath.

  • USC Fan
    July 1, 2009 11:57 a.m.

    it is not hot air and posturing - it is a warning that allows the NCAA to get its house in order before the government forces them to do it right.

  • mhe
    July 1, 2009 11:35 a.m.

    great! Go after the "gedurdone" conferences.

  • Anonymous
    July 1, 2009 11:33 a.m.

    Until you introduce and push legislation, it is all hot air and political posturing.