Commentary: There's no justice in probe of BCS system

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  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    May 9, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    Something many of you apparently don't understand. The NCAA voting members "are the Presidents of the Universities", which comprise the NCAA. The majority of these Presidents got together in a backroom deal and decided they are "the anointed ones" and forced the BCS on the rest of the University Presidents. The majority pushed all others aside in their arrogant manner. Not until congress started asking questions did they finally agree to allow "the un-anointed schools" a chance to get into a BCS game, but only if they signed on to the deal. If a conference would not sign the deal that conference was not allowed to have a chance at a BCS bowl game.

    Now tell me how the NCAA is going to set up a championship tournament when the majority of its members control what it does? It isn't going to happen until the Justice Department steps in, pure and simple.

  • Mesa Coug Phoenix, AZ
    May 6, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    The federal government can do what it wants. It has proven that over and over again. It doesn't even have to be constitutional and it can do it.

    What if, just like with Title IX, the feds say you develop a playoff or another more fair post-season scenario or participating schools will not be eligible for federal financial aid. Do you think even mighty Ohio State is not going to flee the BCS? Football is huge but I think the feds ultimately still have the bigger stick.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 6, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    Several of you have commented that the bowls are autonomous. That is not true. The bowls must get permission from the NCAA to organize and they are bound by NCAA rules as well as federal government rules as not for profit organizations.

  • cval Hyde Park, UT
    May 6, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    It's not really about access to the Bowls...

    It's about the people with the most money making rules to guarantee that they keep most of the money. That is the definition of anti-trust.

    The BCS is clearly collusion among some in order to keep competition out of the marketplace. Allowing the occasional interloper is only a gesture that says, "we get to make the rules, and we can make it 1) harder for you to get there, and 2)If you do get there, the rewards are a lot less than we get when we get there."

    I think and hope the BCS is in big trouble.

  • Ernesto de Bajo Albuquerque, NM
    May 5, 2011 9:28 p.m.

    The time for the bowl games has come and gone. Thanks and bye bye (and wish you hadn't overstayed).

    Maybe the bowl games could become sort of an NIT but, please, no more than that.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    May 5, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    The Justice Department letter is just a warning shot across the bow of the good ship NCAA. A chance for the NCAA to take back the post season and let the BCS die a graceful death. The letter is the carrot. If it doesn't produce the desired result, the anti-trust lawsuit will be the stick.

    Does the NCAA/BCS cartel really want to take the risk of losing in court and having a judge award $1 billion+ in damages to the "have nots" of college football?

    The courts may not have the authority to force the NCAA to adopt a playoff, but they could certainly make it very expensive to stay the course with this failed BCS experiment.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    May 5, 2011 3:13 p.m.


    "I've always said that a college football playoff isn't the answer. Look at what happened in the NCAA basketball tournament this past year. Two teams that were NOT the best over the course of the year got to the title game by being hot at the right moments."

    Would you like to explain how this is any different than the NFL playoff?

    Are you seriously suggesting that a 16th ranked team that ended the season beating 4 straight Top 25 teams, including a couple of Top 10 teams, wouldn't be "worthy" of winning the national championship?

    The bowls are nothing but money-making machines for the local chambers of commerce. They couldn't care less which teams are "most deserving". The ONLY thing they care about is which teams will bring the most fans to their fair city.

    It's true, the bowls are autonomous and couldn't be forced to participate in a playoff. But they could be invited. And, they'd be idiots to turn down their invitations to be host sites for the playoff quarter-final, semi-final, and championship games.

  • essay Redwood Valley, CA
    May 5, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    The BCS can do no wrong.


    For a much better analysis of what the BCS is really facing, including Utah's upcoming lawsuit, go to the article "Justice letter could signal big trouble for BCS" by Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports. I'd put the URL, but can't.

  • Ibleedcrimson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 5, 2011 11:22 a.m.

    The author could have saved a lot of time and pixels by just saying " I love the BCS, back off big bad Gov"

    I still don't get why the NCAA can't institute a playoff regardless if the BCS goes back to the old bowl system or not, seems like a hollow threat.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    May 5, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    I've always said that a college football playoff isn't the answer. Look at what happened in the NCAA basketball tournament this past year. Two teams that were NOT the best over the course of the year got to the title game by being hot at the right moments. You'd need a system allowing one loss to continue to solve that!

    In the current BCS bowl system, at least what a team's done all year still counts towards deciding who is the eventual national champion.

    Sure, sometimes it's not exactly correct in football (controversy nearly every year), but you don't have has-beens lucking into the title by getting hot at the right time.

    The problem with the BCS isn't its format, it's its exclusionary practices that keep the "big boy network" insulated from the so-called mid-majors. THAT's what needs to be changed, NOT changing the long-evolved bowl system into a tiered playoff.

    Besides, the bowls are not part of the NCAA. They have their autonomy and can do whatever they want. No government will be able to force them into a playoff system.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 5, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    This story is a bunch of garbage. There is more access only if you are in one of the BCS conferences. If you are on the outside, it has been made infinitely more difficult to get into one of the BCS games. Comments like the one from Gordon Gee this last season about playing the little sisters of the poor highlight the arrogance and greed involved in the BCS. If the bowls are the problem, then do away with them and start a playoff. A playoff would generate more revenue for the schools instead of the bowl committees and would distribute that revenue based on merit rather than association.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    May 5, 2011 9:00 a.m.

    "The DOJ, with a phone call, could have learned that having no playoff in major college football is intricately tied to a bowl system dating to 1902."

    A phone call would not help. If the DOJ goes through with this, they want their case in writing with quotation marks.

    The DOJ knows the answers. Lawyers rarely ask questions they don't already know the answer to.

    The DOJ is finding out if and how they will put together a case.

    The fact that it dates back to 1902 has little to do with anything.

    First: It is no longer 1902.
    Second: Many institutions from 1902 have evolved.

    Either the DOJ is looking to pursue something, or light a fire under the BCS and NCAA.