U. president testifies at Hatch oversight committee
All season long last year, we had to endure "experts" on here and everywhere
else (ESPN included) saying "this is the week the Utes will lose."I
recall "experts" posting on the DN site guaranteeing that Bama would win by 14,
21, one guy even promised a 35 point Bama win.The Utes creamed Bama
and won every opponent they faced. I don't know what it would take for anti-Ute
fans to acknowledge they deserved a share of the title last year, but my guess
is those folks wouldn't give Utah a fair shake no matter what.When
your bias is so strong that it blinds you, you're taking it much too serious and
you should just move on and find a different sport.
Even Obama said he was against the BCS system. Sounds like it has bi-partisan
REF: Sick and TiredMyfriend there are a lot of us who are sick and tired
of the BCS...and posters like You. It's not just Utah.When you come
back from being lost in space... You will find that...though The Great State of
Texas has repeatedly threatened to secede from the Union it hasn't yet done so
largley due to the Twelve's ties to the BCS....the one truly strong bond that
has kept Texas from cutting off it's nose to spite itself. What was that famous
line from Officer and a Gentleman......no... Premadonnas doesn't rhyme with
Steers..... something to do with the only two things that come out of Texas
...no it wan't peers either.
How long do we have to hear Utes cry about the unfairness of the BCS? Five
games won by less than a touchdown in a weak conference does not make a national
championship team. Utah had a great season. Best in the nation? Hardly.If anyone has a right to complain about last season it was Texas.
Perhaps UT isn't crying as hard is they know they have a great shot at the next
title game. Texas is a national football power. Hookem!
The Nation is going to hell in a hand-basket and U.S. senators have nothing more
important to pursue?
I think anyone who played as will as Utah did shoud have played in champingion
ship game with a 13-0
I think Utah-Nebraska would be a good match-up, but I seriously doubt it's a
"competition" issue. Nebraska has to get "up" for games EVERY week, Utah has to
do that 4 or 5 times a season. That's the arguement for some conferences over
others. The MWC is a good conference, but it is fairly top heavy with three
teams 1,2, or 3 every season. Other conferences also appear to be top heavy,
but are NOT. You have the same powers at the top every year, plus and new team
or two at the top. I'd also love to see Utah in the Big XII. This
issue of undefeated seasons making you the National Champs would go away in a
hurry! Powers like OU, Texas, etc... can't go undefeated in the Big XII, What
makes you think Utah can???
The University of Nebraska talked about Utah's Power Puff Schedule. Lets see
who whey played.Western Michigan--WinSan Jose State--WinNew Mexico State--WinVirginia Tech--LostNow they did PlayMissouri--LostOklahoma--LostTexas Tech--LostAnyone can lose to ranked teams!!!!Before he starts talking Power
Puff schedule he better look at his school. Oh, but his school made big
"There is realistically something that Utah could do. They could have played the
schedule that Nebraska played last year, where we played Oklahoma, Texas Tech
and Missouri, all of them ranked in the Top 5," he said."I
wish Utah's President Young would have said "Then I consider that an official
invitation to join the Big 12. We accept!"When they restated that
they were not inviting Utah to come to their play yard he might then say "And
that is the fundamental problem, YOU DON'T WANT COMPETITION FROM OUTSIDERS!"
I just hope that BYU and Utah go undefeated until Nov. 28th
With everything going on in our nation right now, Sen Hatch has the guts to
bring up problems with college football??? Are you kidding me? There has got to
be more important things to discuss and "solve" than the BCS blunder. Sure a
playoff system for the to 8 would be great, however this is not something that
Orin needs to be bringing to the table. It is obviously time for him to go. In
fact, after 2 terms, they should all be forced to move on.
It's all about money...1) Our taxes go to these institutions. 2)
Football revenues are tax exempt because they are part of a university.3)
Revenues are not fairly split by the BCS conferences. The lowest paid BCS AQ
team had more revenue than the highest paid non-AQ BCS team.4) BYU and
Utah deserve to be in a BCS conference more than many of the bottom dwellers of
the BCS. If you look at it BYU and Utah perform in the middle of the pack. Yet
because they are not in an elite club chosen by the top teams they lose out big
time. The big teams get to choose which middle of the pack teams get huge
payouts and which middle of the pack teams get squat.5) My tax dollars
esentially subsidize the unfair practice and I am on the losing end of the
deal.6) Stop giving tax breaks to the revenue of BCS teams and I will stop
I am a Ute fan who will be cheering for BYU against Oklahoma (and most other
teams). The majority of my Ute frieds cheer for BYU on a regular basis. It's
only in November that I think the TDS can suck it. Hating BYU is only a
Thanksgiving tradition. I believe the MWC is a stronger conference
than most outsiders believe and I am glad when they prove it. I also think Utah
and BYU are stonger when the fans stick together (holy war excluded).
Those with the gold rule. It's nothing new. That said, who wants to see
Bodiddly Tech play in the national championship series? There are a lot of us
that don't.In March Madness it is fun to see a Cinderella school
make it through the first couple of rounds, but we know that the final four are
going to be powerhouse teams. We want to see the top ranked teams
go at it at the end of the season, and that's what we currently get with the
You are bragging about the same team in Texas Tech that lost to Ole Miss in
their bowl game or the Missouri team that squeaked by against Northwestern in
their bowl game? Just checking.
For those of you who think more important issues exist - I wholeheartedly agree.
The problem is, Obama and our present congress obviously have no clue in
sloving the problems. Maybe they can solve this problem and keep their ignorant
minds and dirty hands off of our country before more damage is done.
It is time to stop your buffonic statements and start paying attention to the
documented facts, as published for the last several years and so stated by Utah
and BYU, the so called "big schools" will not play them. Look at OU, they will
not play BYU on a home and home. If they are so powerful, so mighty and in such
a select group of football powers they should be able to come into BYU and wipe
them clean off the face of the earth and walk away with a nice fat paycheck.
They are gutless, spineless and yellow backed chicken blowhearts. Cowardly University Presidents.I have only seen arrogance like
this before and that was with the lying dishonest tobacco companies. Who appointed them the Kings of Football. This is designed so that no school
except the "favored, annointed" schools can ever win a championship. When BYU
won the national title in 84, they set out to ensure that will never, ever,
never, ever, never happen again. And they laugh their way to the bank and say,
"look at the stupid congress and the stupid Americans. They bought our crock of
bull hook line and sinker."
I say drop the "C" from BCS and make it the BS championships, lord knows their
presidents are full of it.
A playoff would be the best thing for college football hands down the money that
the big schools give up would easily be made up by added revenue, and it would
be fair finally for all schools including utah and byu.
Powder Puff schedule, Utah played Michigan, TCU, BYU, and Alabama all ranked
schools at the time they played and beat them, Tell the BCS to get real, it is
not a national championship until all schools have a chance, - I'm talking
playoffs involving all conferences, settle the score on the field or is the BCS
"Big Football Powers" afraid, I say yes they are.
I have never seen an issue where so many people, millions in America maybe 90%
of football fans are for a playoff and a hand full of people can say no and
The reason Sen. Hatch is not "working to correct all the real problems we have
in America rather than worry about the BCS", is that he's in the minority party.
The real problems that need correcting right now are being caused by the
It's a SCAM. When BCS apologists basically state the the system works because
"we deserve it", it's obvious.
There are many people who feel this is a waste of time and I'm one of them.
This is a private organization. It may not seem fair but they aren't breaking
any laws. Snap out of it folks.
The NCAA should just set up a football playoff system and go. Who cares what
the bowls do. Who cares what the BCS does. The NCAA could end this debate
today. Just set up a 16 or 32 team playoff and start it. Everyone would come
and it would be bigger and better than the NCAA basketball tourney (which is
NU president: play our schedule...NU's '08 non-conference schedule
w/ Sagarin ratings: VATech (18), WMichigan (79), SanJose (105), NMState (146),
average rating = 87...Utah's '08 non-conference sked: Oregon State
(13), Weber (85), Michigan (95), USU (115), average rating = 77. Of
course NU played Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri in Big12 play and the U played its
MWC opponents. But THAT'S THE POINT, isn't it? If you're not in the Big12 or
its scheming sisters, you can't qualify, even if you schedule tougher teams in
the nonconference schedule (most BCS powers' OOC schedules are notoriously
weak.) And Michigan was much tougher when the U scheduled them than they were
on the field last year -- you can't say the same about WMichigan, SJSU or
Clearly money rules. It's not about fairness, it's about maximizing profits for
the people in charge. It's about power it's about control. Those that have it
don't want to lessen their "fair share". I hope the legal system strips the
national championship designation of any team that was called the champions when
another team finished the year with zero losses. I also believe a playoff
system could generate more overall revenue anyway. Can the BCS!!!
So to this whole thread I ask "Where is the NCAA"? I don't get it when the NCAA
regulates all season play but when the season is over they hand it off to a
bunch of . . . what? Who is the BCS anyway? A bunch of fat, good old boys that
have their chubby fists wrapped around as much money as they can. Again, where
is the NCAA in all this mess?
just change the bcs to a playoff tourment that what every other college sport
REF Anonymous 9:24?????????? FACE IT!!!!!!...What do you mean face it???
Ouote...It is a lot easier to be ranked by the end of the season in the Mountain
west then some other conferences...Unquote... With that logic Susie Lou you have
completely removed the SOS factor. So if Utah had done the same thing in the
SEC which Alabama is one of the major big 4 guns not only in their conference
but probably the entire Nation....you are going to insult us with a comment that
being in the MWC gives them or BYU or TCU a better advantage. Would you please
dwell on those rediculous words for a moment.Whoever you are...let
me just say that the shape of the ball and how it bounces has a lot more to do
with winning games and National Championships then where you wind up in a
popularity contest.The Ball isn't Round ...in case you hadn't noticed.
.....I need to correct a ambiguity...Make that last sentence in my previuos post
read.... if the Non BCS team wins, it takes the Final #4 spot and the previous
#4 rotates to the at large birth remaining....in otherwords they swap places.
What easier way could there be. This isn't Rocket Science... ......but for those so worried about the economy out there...College Football
is Big time Interstate Commerece...it's also covered under Federal Gaming
Regulations...The FCC plays a substantial role as does the Department of Health
& Education. Where in your assine thinking doesn't the Senate and Congress have
business investigating antitrust issues. Everything that College sports does
effects the entire Nation econamically.....and some a lot unfairer than others.
To anonymous - Paying taxes to the wrong state? Move to Califonia
Thanks to Senator Hatch for bringing this hearing to the Senate. The BCS is
clearly out of bounds and only Congress can correct this. However, now that
Senator Hatch has opened these hearings. Something needs to happen. It can't
just be a bunch of posturing and then nothing happens. It seems to me that the
anti-BCS lawyer presented a strong case. This needs to turn into a
recommendation to the DoJ to take action. As far as the current bowl system and
TV contracts precluding any type of playoff. This is hogwash!!! The existing
bowls could serve as the playoff games. I guarantee that a playoff would
generate more revenue for the existing bowls than they are getting today. This
alone will make this attractive to the networks to renegotiate existing
contracts. This is particulary true for the non BCS bowls which currently host
some pretty boring games. Good luck Senator Hatch.
Why not spend time working to correct all the real problems we have in America
rather than worry about the BCS. Sen. Hatch needs to get his priorities in
order. Maybe it is time for a change in the Utah rep. to Washington. Lets
Face it. It is a lot easier to be ranked by the end of the season in the
Mountain west then some other conferences. In the MWC you play 2 big games a
year. I would say 8-12 schools would have gone undefeated with Utahs schedule.
For those people that say the big boys will not play Utah well it was Utah that
PULLED OUT OF THE TEXAS GAME that was going to be played last year. Utah didn't
want to play Texas becasue they knew they would get crushed. OU played TCU and
crushed them 35-10 and they were the 2nd best team in the Mountain west. Yes
utah played and beat a good but flawed Alabama team. Utah played 3 tough games
all year were they had to really get up for. Texas had to go through a 4 game
stretch of OU, Missouri, Okalohoma State, and then Texas Tech. Teams can get up
for 1 or 2 games a year and pull an upset but when you cant take a week off it
is more difficult. Im not a Utah hater but the conference needs to get stronger
to gain respect
Congress has more important things to do? Have you been paying attention to what
the Congress has done in the last 15yrs? They were debating a "Green" bill a few
weeks ago! Does that help the economy? The whole reason for the BCS debate is
the MONEY! Football revenues pay for alot more than football on college
campuses. It's education dollars that we have no shot at getting. How is that
fair? I think you would all become alot more interested in this fairness
argument if you realized the impact these dollars can have. Forget Championships
for a minute, Urban Meyer knows he has an asterik next to his Championship from
last year. The whole point is the MONEY. The University of Washington did not
win a game last year and they ended up with more MONEY than UTAH and Utah
received about $17 million dollars. Each school shares this money with other
schools in their conference. What if BYU & TCU (Which they deserved) had played
in a BCS calibur bowl. The MONEY would be tremendous for our conference and OUR
schools. GO SENATOR HATCH! GO BYU & BEAT OU! GO UTES! The only "UNDEFEATED TEAM"
in America BCS/URBAN!
Ok, I get it that people will say Utah played a soft schedule. They beat some
good teams, but it took a lucky bounce here and there to get two of the tough
wins. I have two responses for that.First, did anyone see the
Florida v. Alabama game? How do you think Florida won that?Second,
Utah BEAT Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Basically, that validates the undefeated
season regardless of how lucky some wins were. The Alabama win was a savage beat
down with luck not playing any part in it. Utah proved they deserved to be
there, if not even proving they deserved Florida. Stop complaining about the
Strength of Schedule. The win over Alabama invalidates that argument.
If there is fraud or unfair practice in the BCS system (and I believe there is
reasonable argument to such), it should be settled in the courts. Congress has
no business holding "trials" - a judicial function. The three branches of
the government need to get back in line. Congress should not judge or execute
orders. The President should not judge or legislate (signing statements,
executive departments, etc). And the courts should not execute orders or
legislate. We the people should hold them accountable by electing
representatives that understand the proper role and Constitutional role of
government. Let this BCS matter be solved, but let it be solved properly.
Rugby is a better sport. Way too much attention is spent on football.
The problem is the approach...All that is happening now is just spinning wheels
and wasting time which the BCS knows they have plenty of time to do. This
approach is actually delaying any possible progress. For Sen Hatch and the MWC
conference are trying to bite off too big of a chunk in suggesting anything over
a 4 team playoff. A 16 team playoff will never happen...The major conference
ties, & TV contracts with not only the 4 major bowls but all the subsiderary
bowls as well, will pretty much kill that approach. And for even an 8 team
playoff there is going to have to be an awful lot of leveling done before that
can happen...years down the road.You have got to go at the BCS one
piece at a time. When there is an undefeated non BCS team standing at the end of
regular season play there needs to be a Wild Card added to the Championship
Deck. Suggest a resonable compromise and go for a 4 team playoff with the
Undefeated NonBCS team put up against the #4 team in the BCS poll before final
selection. Winner swaps places in final selection Poll...Simple
Hatch's grandstanding BCS "hearing" just exemplifies the warped sense of
priorities among the ruling elites in Washington.Some schools spend
huge sums on SPORTS, and sports rivalries are fun and games (literally) for
hordes of fans and alumni. But they are not things that the federal government
has the least business regulating, investigating, or "fixing" in any way.Hatch would better serve Utah if he used the time to plot strategy and
take action to thwart Obama's destruction of the American economy, or block
confirmation of Obama's nomination of zealous extremists to numerous position.
Why can't Hatch investigate something really important like ACORN
corruption, voter intimidation, the failure of the "stimulus" pork barrel, or
even the corrupt actions of Congressmen like Murtha, Jefferson, and others?Nope, gotta waste time and money sucking up to home state voters because
a football team got their feelings hurt, and no national title.These
clowns do not even read the bills they vote on, but want to fix football
I want playoffs. Can you imagine December madness? It would be great.
If a BCS school plays only other BCS schools (i.e., conference), and that
conference stinks, they still get the benefit from which non-BCS schools are
excluded. Comparing schedules is ridiculous. Non-BSC schools frequently beat
BCS schools. The only way to see if non-BCS conferences can compete with BCS
schools is to play more, not rely on an out-of-date model. The bottom line is
that DOJ will need to enforce anti-trust laws or Congress will need to enact
legislation. I don't think the political side will allow either to happen, part
because the BCS has influence with a large part of Congress, and in part because
there are bigger problems to deal with. The BCS ain't going to change the
status quo. So, Orrin, find a real solution. Will it go away now you have had
All of the MWC teams need to win their out of conference games. that includes
all teams. I do want BYU to beat OU, and I am a life long U fan. and FSU. Utah
needs to beat Oregon and Louisville. But they also need to beat their other out
of conference opponents (like San Jose St, Utah St, etc). As far as the
rivalry, every game should result in a conference title for the winner. And
hopefully it will be Utah. The BCS is far better than the old bowl
system. Utah would have played Arizona last year if the old bowl system was in
place. I am on t he fence with a playoff system, just because I have no faith
that the SEC, Big 12, Big 10 or Pac 10 (ACC and Big east are not relative) will
force the structure of it in a manner that produces similar results to the BCS.
I could see a MWC or WAC team having to travel east to play road games in two
consecutive weeks, which is a huge disadvantage, regardless of what their record
Look at Utah's schedule . . . does BYU have to carry all the water for this
This BCS justification is a MASS OF RATIONALIZATION. The reason Congress is
involved is because there is anti-trust violation and there is a great deal of
money at stake.Senator Hatch is doing a good job representing the
interests of the schools in Utah. Let's have a play-off system and then let the
chips fall where they may.
"If you ask a decent group I'd guess maybe MAYBE 20% will be cheering for the Y,
the other 80 for Oklahoma."You are right and that is the reality of
the rivalry, fortunately whether or not any Ute fans 'cheer' for BYU, it is
irrelevant to the outcome.Though I'm sure, like myself, the true
majority of Ute fans would appreciate a cougar win. The conference needs BYU to
beat OU and FSU - TCU to beat UV and Clemson - and my Utes to beat Oregon and
The government is involved in MLB, NBA, NFL, and NCAA because these industries
have antitrust exemptions, thus the government has a right to regulate these
industries. If you want to be in an industry that has an antitrust exemption,
you play by the government's rules.
All of this interest is based on the false idea that sports are fair and the
best team wins. From elementary playgrounds to little league through high
school, college and professional sports, there is no fairness, the best teams do
not always win and yet millions of Americans have nothing better to do than
spend their life glued to the TV or spending outrageous fortunes attending live
games.Sports are not fair, life is not fair, spend your time with
something productive, get a life!
Why is Congress involved? Because college football is a big money business.
Any other industry would have been called on the carpet and corrected a long
time ago.And some of you people on here slamming the Utah schools
and their cush schedules were the same ones predicting a 35 point Alabama win in
the Sugar Bowl. Don't think we've forgotten.
Senator Hatch is sadly misinformed and is wasting everyone's time for even
pursuing this. The only effect it will have, if the BCS were to be abolished,
is a return to the old bowl system. Actually, that wouldn't be that bad. An
undefeated or 1-loss BYU or Utah would still have a good shot at being invited
to the Fiesta Bowl, and possibly the Holiday or Cotton Bowl. A playoff would
ruin Division 1-A college football, plain and simple. I'll take the BCS any day
over a playoff. Were it not for the BCS, Utah would have likely played in the
Fiesta or Holiday Bowl last season, instead of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Every other college sport has a national championship playoff system. The
Division 2 and 3 colleges have a playoff for a national championship. It is just
not right to tell the athletes at all the non-Bcs schools that they are not good
enough, before the first coin toss of the season. Maybe the president will give
us a Bcs Czar.
You are a sad strange conference and you have my pity.
Sometimes you wonder why some people post on the message board. Saying Utah's
wins over top 25 teams were not impressive because the anonymous poster feels
those top 25 teams were over-rated. Get a life! Others saying Congress has more
important things to worry about? Like what, Congress has not done anything in
years! "Or football is boring, it should be illegal" I guarantee that was posted
by a soccer fan. YAWN. If you don't care about the topic don't read it. We are
all dumber for reading your comments!
Did Utah give the money back they were paid for being in the BCS last year? As per the National Championship, in the old system they would have no
better of a shot then they did in the BCS. True one poll is obligated to vote
the winner of the BCS game, but the other is NOT! I'm not sure of
the legal aspects of the Sherman Anti-trust laws, but I'm sure it's a "stretch"
interpretation by Hatch and others to make some noise and gather a few votes. I
love football and I agree there are issues with the system... BUT... I'd rather
see Congress and others spend time on issues more 'pressing' to our Nation.
Removal of the BCS will not change our economy. Removal will not help the
homeless. Removal will not improve our education system. Removal will not....
The BCS is one of the worst things going on in this country!
It's called anti-trust law. Any "conspiracy" to control money is illegal in the
United States. When the worst team in a BCS conference earns more than the best
team in a non-BCS conference, when millions of dollars are at stake, it smells
As a BYU fan, I agree. It's very important for the Y to win that game. Now, go
around to your fellow Ute fans and poll them and ask how many will be cheering
for BYU that game. If you ask a decent group I'd guess maybe MAYBE 20% will be
cheering for the Y, the other 80 for Oklahoma.
Come, on, Anonymous, wake up and do your homework!If during any
congressional hearing Congress were to discover a violation of a federal statute
(i.e. the Sherman Anti-Trust Act) they can send a referral to the Attorney
General's office requesting an investigation of wrongdoing. Factfinding
hearings are part of the congressional duties ever since the beginning of this
nation.The BCS failed to support their position and truly reflected
their level of arrogance and elitism towards the non-BCS members. The
anti-trust lawyer for the Mountain West was hugely successful in his argument in
favor of investigating the BCS.
Congress has NO responsibility in this matter. It has MORE IMPORTANT things to
worry about, don't you think?
Ok, I get it. The BCS is unfair. What gives Congress the right or
responsibility to make them be fair? Under what Constitutional provision does
the Senate have authority here? I don't remember seeing football in the Bill of
Rights, or in article 1, section 8. Must have missed that one.
The lack of opportunity to play in the BCS "championship" game should never be
used to lead off the attack on it. At most, winning that argument would only
require the BCS to stop using the word "championship" or "title" to describe its
arbitrary, popularity-contest selection of two teams at the end of the regular
season (and, in that vein, it is worth remembering that a judicial dissolution
of the BCS probably would not get us any nearer to the only legitimate solution
to the "championship" dilemma--a genuine playoff established and run by the
NCAA). The best anti-BCS (not to mention anti-trust) argument is the fact
buried several paragraphs into the article and cited almost as an afterthought:
Utah received less BCS money than Washington last year. That, in a nutshell, is
why the BCS stinks. It is a form of sports apartheid because it is explicitly
designed to hoard the lions share of the bowl money within the privileged BCS
It's all about the money, not schedules or championships! The fact that the
poorest teams in BCS conferences earned more revenue than UofU is going to cause
the BCS a lot of problems.
Perlman said "the six major conferences are stocked with better teams that
attract bigger TV audiences. And none of these conferences is willing to simply
give away the money they could be making if they went out on their own". Mr.
Pearlman revealed his hand and the truth. It's all about the money. One need
look no further than that of Notre Dame. It's all about the number of the fan
base, with the associated money-making potential of sponsers. Whether Notre Dame
wins or loses, they are garaunteed TV coverage EVERY WEEK, due to the fan base.
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure-out that the same thing applies to the
old stand-bys, i.e., your Michigans, Floridas, Oklahomas, USCs, etc. They also
have huge fan bases and therefore more money-making potential. College athletics
has become a quasi-professional entity. You will NEVER see your U.of U.s, Boise
States, Marshalls, South Floridas, etc., EVER become a serious BCS contender. It
is very unfortunate, and I am personally a USC fan. The U. of U. got ripped-off.
This is why BYU needs to beat Oklahoma this fall...any Ute fan that doesn't see
that is shooting a hole in our own ship. They said if the MWC shows up in the
next few years we'll be part of the BCS. Then we'll be just like these fat cats
and we won't care it's not a fair system cuz we'll be part of it!
By stating that Utah played ranked teams I assume you are talking about the
smell. The y and TCU were so over rated it was embarrasing. The Utes lucked
out a couple of games against average teams. Certainly not a national calibar
"Mommy! I didn't get picked.'"Nanny government will make it right."
I just watched part of the hearings on the Internet. After making his opening
Chairman remarks, Democratic Senator Kohl turned the gavel over to Senator Hatch
. . . AND LEFT!!!!! Then when the panned out to see the whole room . . . there
were NO SENATE COMMITTEE MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE, ONLY SENATOR HATCH IN THE CENTER
OF THE HEAD TABLE!!! Only senate pages were found behind their absent senator's
chairs!!That alone tells me we could have solved the whole deal
amicably, but nothing will still happen since the SENATE COMMITTEE MEMBERS DID
NOT CARE ENOUGH TO EVEN ATTEND THE MEETING!!!!If this is how the
federal government works, kick 'em all out of office!
What a shame that one of the most brilliant Legal minds in the entire country
lives right here in Utah.... but because he has a Higher Calling he will not be
brought into this issue. Sen Hatch...You could still get some very good
guidence and legal advice from Dallin H. Oaks....after all he does have some
old ties to this mess. The Justice Department quickly backed down on Title IX
when he was selected to Represent the Church and BYU against the DOJ"S
precedent case. To have him up against the BCS would be a cakewalk in
comparison...that is unless the DoJ is on the BCS take and has their hands in
I am proud to attend a university that has Michael K. Young as president. What
a fantastic job he did. And that anti-BCS antitrust lawyer was much more fiery
and persuasive than the other guy(and it helps when you have truth and common
sense on your side).
As a BYU fan, way to go Mr. President of Utah!! I totally support your
comebacks. The rich don't want to allow anyone else to belly up to
the bar since that would cut into their profits. Also, how often do the "lower
tier" prove their worth against the big teams? Often!!It's time to
turn the BCS "Go for the gold" into "Share the wealth"! Wow, that sounds
familiar politically-speaking, did I just say that? (I'm gonna have to turn in
my conservative membership card!)
The BCS just told us what we need to do...now for sure they will see that we
never get it done. Good bye to playing BCS teams in our OOC schedules down the
road but hey....now they will be able to Patsy up and take on more of the the
Slippery Rocks and the Moorehead States.... What a crock
Excellent arguments from President Young and Senator Hatch. When
organizations fail to follow the law, government has a responsibility to get
involved. Follow the laws - if your can't the governement will get involved.
It can't be any simpler than that. The Sherman Antitrust Law must be enforced.
IF there were NO BCS schools then WE could compete equally and fairly with all
tier 1 football teams, on the field and in recruiting.NONE of top
local recruits would any reason to go to USC, oregon, or notre dame,and natioanl recruits would just much reason to come her as anywhere else.IT a joke that we are supposed take what ever recruits we can get, even
though many of the best will not come here because it is NOT BCS, and we are
supposed to compete with the BCS schools, even many will not even play the local
teams and certainly not IN Utah,and then they get all money and best
TV contracts, so they have all best facilities, and are on the BIG national
cables channels etc,and we suppose to compete against that?So there is a reasonable complaint for the lack of fairness in the
It's amazing such an elitest mentality and outright arrogance is seen as a
reputable response to a clear complaint. The cards are stacked against the
"lower tier" conferences without a down being played. President Young was
spot on when he said, "I wish some of those teams would play us." The
upper tier schools don't want to play BYU or Utah or TCU (Oklahoma being an
exception) because they know there's a very good chance they will lose. This is an issue that all BYU, Utah, TCU, Utah State, anyone in a non-BCS
conference should rally around. Utah should have played for the NC. They
couldn't have done anything more. Clearly the Nebraska gentleman didn't check
his facts claiming Utah's schedule was weak. He just made his argument look
worse.Good luck Sen. Hatch. I'd love to see you sue these guys....
Anonymous- Why are you even reading this article. tings- This is the
government's responsibility. College Football is a business, the same as AIG,
Lyman Brothers, Microsoft etc. They need to be regulated. In the 14th
amendment we as US citizens are guaranteed the equal protection of the law, and
that includes unfair and illegal practices. This same amendment is how we
overturned segregation in schools. Now lets end this segregation of "lesser
colleges", or would you propose we go and join Weber State's league and just win
their little championship every year?
i'm paying taxes in the wrong state.
At least back then the national championship was determined after all the bowl
games were over. Now it doesn't even matter if you have identical records the
title game determins the National Champion. No matter how good you look in your
bowl game or no matter how good your record is your locked out.
Football is boring. Make the whole sport illegal.
I know a lot of people are going to say that the government should use their
time and resources in other endeavors. But i sure am glad they are doing this.
This is the biggest crime in sports and must be changed. I wish Auburn would get
on board with the Mountain West because of what happened to them a few years ago
but they are getting payed anyways. I just dont understand what happens if
the government rules against the BCS. How soon would they be forced to change?
all I can say is, "good luck."
Attention Utah Schools...It's time to stop whining and start winning against
tier one schools, EVEN IN THE PRE-SEASON!
Good job, Dr. Young. Way to try to expose the BCS for what it is. These
hearings remind me of when tobacco executives were getting grilled by Congress -
they know what they're doing is wrong, but they're trying to save their jobs
anyway.It's easy to say that non-BCS teams need to "schedule up",
but the fact is not a lot of top-5 teams will play one because they have nothing
to gain from it. The BCS saying that the lesser schools need to play them more
often, while at the same time refusing to do so, is self-fulfilling prophecy.Bottom line: If Utah 2008 would have had a BCS name on their helmets,
and everything else were equal, they would have been playing for the national
championship.Side note: Utah played a tougher schedule than Florida
last year - just look at how many top 25 teams each one played. So there goes