Brad Rock: BCS probe just tip of the iceberg

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  • CL in the UK
    Jan. 14, 2009 6:21 a.m.

    Those who are saying the BCS is likely illegal - what exactly is illegal about it?
    There is nothing preventing Utah from playing for a National Championship, other than voter bias. If the Harris voters and AFCA coaches list both voted Utah #1, then they'd have played at the Orange Bowl for the NC. But they didn't.
    There is nobody to blame other than the voters, and you can't sue someone for offering their opinion when asked.
    The anti-trust suit was much different, because it was to do with reaching ANY BCS game and the higher restrictions allayed on non-BCS conference teams. There were different rules for you depending on what conference you played in, which is of course unfair. This is completely different. The top 2 teams in the BCS rankings make it to the NC game - there is no other stipulation based on conference association.
    I'm a Boise State fan, so of course I don't think the system is fair. But it is ignorant to think that something is illegal just because it isn't fair, otherwise I'd have sued a bread company long ago for my toast always landing butter-side-down when I drop it.

  • EG in DC
    Jan. 12, 2009 2:20 p.m.

    Everybody's making fun of the Utah AG and implying he's on a wild goose chase. But do you remember why non-BCS teams got in invite to the party in the first place? Because they agreed not to bring an anti-trust law suit! All colleges recevive federal money in some way. That makes anti-trust laws applicable to them all as well. And it's not a small thing. In 1007, Vanderbilt University had a losing football record and certainly didn't go to the bowl game, and yet they made $700,000 more by not going to a bowl than top-10 TCU. Why? Because thier league had a guarantee to play in at least one - and maybe two - BCS bowls. It's not frivilous. It's against the law. The Utah AG could win millions of dollars for hundreds of colleges. And that seems worth the effort.

  • You're no Rick Reilly
    Jan. 12, 2009 9:48 a.m.

    This was stupid. Go get the BCS Mr. Shurtleff. It is totally unfair and likely illegal.

  • Ernesto de Bajo
    Jan. 11, 2009 8:40 p.m.

    Brad Rock is not where I first look for good humor but I did laugh my socks off on this one.

    Brad is right that the BCS is just one example--an elephant-in-the-room example, though--of organizations or people using whatever leverage they have to take unfair advantage.

    The only way to counter the abuse is to find a way to apply counter leverage. I have my doubts that a legal challenge is a lever that will work against the BCS.

  • BCS Hater
    Jan. 11, 2009 5:19 p.m.

    Sure, go ahead and investigate all those other things Rock talked about, but please start with the BCS first.

  • kevin
    Jan. 11, 2009 2:24 p.m.

    "As long as he's investigating, maybe the A.G. could tell me why, when cable or satellite programming goes out, customers aren't reimbursed for time lost." My Comcast was out yesterday afternoon and I missed seeing the U's and Y's basetball games as well as NFL playoffs.

    I called comcast after service was restored enough to use the phone, and asked for a cedit on my bill. I have done this before, and they complied. But you have to ask,+

  • anonymous
    Jan. 11, 2009 1:29 p.m.

    someone let me know if i read this right.. rock thinks the A.G. is wasting his time looking into the bcs to see if there is any way to make the system less unballanced...hmmm....sometimes rock is dead on and other times its like he is on a different planet...maybe he is secretly paid by the bcs...i don't think so because he complains about the bcs so much..this article just doesn't make any sense and is way off target....we shouldn't make fun of the A.G. for trying to topple one of the most money driven unfair selfish organizations in the country.....hmm good job rock.....

  • Duel/Darrell
    Jan. 11, 2009 12:37 p.m.

    Just curious as to what a game between Utah and florida would be. We know that Utah would beat Oklahoma hands down as they did Alabama, But It would be the best game ever with utah and Florida. The BCS never gave them their Dues and should now be repremanded as to their discrimination at the utah team.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 11, 2009 6:59 a.m.

    Ha! don't pay attention to that guy! Rock on, Rock!

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 11, 2009 1:05 a.m.

    Seriously.. know when to stop. I mean enough is enough