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BCS Proposal - Join 'Em! [Dec. 4th, 2006|05:00 am]
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I propose that Michigan and Alabama leave their respective conferences, keeping all current rivarly games intact, of course, excluding one particular rivalry game with Ohio State.

Michigan will successfully negotiate a deal with ABC to broadcast every Michigan game to a national audience.

Alabama will successfully negotiate a deal with CBS to broadcast every Alabama game to a national audience.

With the independent status of Michigan and Alabama causing potential damage to their competitive status in Division I-A football under the NCAA, Michigan and Alabama will successfully negotiate a revision to the current BCS agreement to include provisions afforded to Notre Dame, with expansion of the BCS system to include two more bowls, accordingly, giving the chance, of course, for those conferences not ACC, SEC, Big Ten (now Big Ten again), Big 12, Pac-10, and apparently the Big East, surely, to get a team into the mix once in a while.

If Georgia Tech so desired, this group of independents would heartily wish GT to join them, adding another notch to the BCS . . . possibly with a deal negotiated to TBS. Some school from the state of Illinois would also be wise to add another notch to the BCS with a similar deal through WGN. Perhaps one lucky team, maybe Wisconsin, would do the same, at least before Ohio State takes the Fox agreement.

I believe this to be a splendid idea, don't you think?

I love you, Sally Jenkins.



BCS Championship Is a Game Already Lost

By Sally Jenkins (Washington Post)
Saturday, December 2, 2006

I was just sitting here staring with my hardened cynic's eye at an economic impact study that says the BCS national championship game will be worth $315 million in business, which got me to wondering, when did Ohio State become a content provider as opposed to a, you know, football team? And that in turn got me to thinking about licensing options, community portals, single-source partners, operating leverage and variable cost, all of which seem more important to BCS officials than playing a, what's the word they never use anymore, game.

Try to find some legitimacy in the Bowl Championship Series. Go ahead, try. Exert all of your ability, industry and intelligence toward the task. You can't do it. The fact of the matter is that the treasure called the college football postseason has become buried beneath corporate scams. All you need to know is that the Fiesta Bowl has a CEO. His name is John Junker, and when he testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce last year in defense of the BCS, he actually called the bowl games "independent business units" and referred to universities as "customers."

When a sports organization is more concerned with revenue distribution than with fair competition, it is asking for problems.

The annual debate about the BCS rankings is misdirected. Its error-prone formula and the silly complexity of its math are just side effects. The greater problem with the BCS is that it's a made-for-TV corruption and a heist by the Gang of Six conferences, and its emphasis on the dollar has fundamentally skewed the postseason.

No matter what matchup the BCS formula spits out after this weekend -- if USC beats UCLA today it will earn a title shot against Ohio State -- the two teams won't play the championship for six weeks, on Jan. 8. This is so that the college football audience can be assaulted by maximized ad messaging, and its pockets pried open by corporate partnering. By then, both teams (and we spectators) will be dishrags. Whatever momentum or championship edge they had likely will be lost.

Imagine how absurd a six-week delay would be in any other sport. "Hey folks, thanks for coming to the Big East basketball tournament. Make sure to come back in May when our convoluted system of popularity contests and quantum physics will pick two teams to play for the national title."

But there is another potential problem here, one far more serious. The BCS is a license to cheat. Where there is corporate excess, there is often crime. Look at it this way:

Teams that nab BCS bids will earn between $14 and $17 million in bowl payouts, to split with their conferences. The other schools in their league get a cut. What's to prevent them from lying down? Or paying off the officials to help out?

Just go to CoversExperts.com, an online handicapping service, and read what tout Ted Sevransky has to say in a piece entitled "Conspiracy Theory 101" about some suspicious ball spots by referees, who by the way are conference employees. "We can expect Boise [State] to get the benefit of the doubt from the zebras," he writes. "Would you want to be the ref who cost the conference an $11 million dollar payday?"

A bowl payout does a lot for a conference that isn't guaranteed one.

Personally, I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I believe in the basic integrity of the refs and the competitors. But millions of bettors believe in the fix. The BCS has created a perception of illegitimacy.

The NCAA should be deeply worried about what the BCS is doing to its reputation. Recently, the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Calif.), demanded that the NCAA justify its tax-exempt status, given the amount of money it receives from TV contracts and championship events. The NCAA claims it is "organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes." But that's hardly a persuasive stance when the BCS smacks of something between a rake-off and unrelated business income.

Let's be clear: There is nothing wrong with wealth in college sports -- TV and corporate largesse pays for countless athletes to compete in less visible, nonprofitable sports. It's naive to say money should be removed from the game, and anyway, cash and college football have always gone hand in hand. As early as 1890, 40,000 people paid $15 for tickets to see Yale and Princeton play at the Polo Grounds in New York on Thanksgiving day. The game was so hugely popular that church services were held an hour earlier, so New Yorkers could get to the game. Richard Harding Davis of Harper's Weekly once mocked, "There is only one man in New Haven of more importance than Walter Camp, and I have forgotten his name. I think he is the president of the university."

In 1902, Harvard grossed $54,243 for the season, and the gate receipts of that year's Yale-Princeton game alone totaled $33,000. You can follow the escalation from there. The first Fiesta Bowl in 1971 paid out $168,000 per team.

The problem is not the ever-swelling profits, but that they are flowing into a crooked, jimmy-rigged BCS system that stresses the bottom line over the lines on the field. Defenders of the BCS say it's better than nothing. But the BCS is worse than nothing. It's actively hurting the game.

If the NCAA really wants to demonstrate its educational purpose, it should go after the BCS and dismantle it. There are only two potential solutions: adopt a straightforward playoff system, or take a cue from the Ivy League and play the big rivalries on the last weekend of the season, and do away with the postseason entirely. To a certain extent, the BCS has marginalized itself, anyway. The real games already are over. Nothing the BCS can stage on Jan. 8 will be as important, or legit, as Michigan-Ohio State was in November.

Remember the old bowl system? It was imperfect, but compared with this, I sigh with nostalgia for it. At least most of the bowl officials were part-timers who wore their colored blazers only on weekends. During the week, they had real jobs. They understood the bowls were games.

Shut the BCS down.

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[User Picture]From: chanharrison
2006-12-04 11:09 am (UTC)
it makes you appreciate.. div 1-AA or football championship division all that much more..!!!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-12-04 11:34 am (UTC)
I'm starting to see some different light, despite having a preference still held for big programs and their big money trains.

I-AA school presidents might also consider talking to Prez Myles and the US government about how the Ohio States, Michigans, and Floridas are held a little too high and far too much in the light in comparison to that of their division.

Sharing the wealth, in particular, didn't seem nearly as odd of a term as it previously did.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-12-04 11:41 am (UTC)

lol, winnarz

I think I'm about to make a national championship icon for every school in the I-A for 2006.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-12-04 01:22 pm (UTC)
Perhaps the Detroit Free Press's Drew Sharp would like to find employment for Florida, Big Ten's Ohio State, or some other college in the SEC, preferrably on the campus news team.

Of course, he doesn't. However, he conveniently avoids, like many this year, the idea that the BCS is not a playoffs system but merely an aggregate of the previous divisive press opinions in the form of polls.

The fact that Lloyd Carr refuses to recognize the lack of trust within the Glorified High School Association (NCAA) boggles me. Perhaps he'd enjoy recruiting man-children to play college football at the University of Buffalo.

Of course, he doesn't. However, he conveniently avoids, like many this year, the idea that Urban Meyer, coach of the Florida Gators, spurned on by the sentiments of the Ohio State football team after the OSU/Michigan game, began a campaign in the media to sway the 66 percent of the pollsters to select first USC, then Florida, over Michigan . . . and that it was Lloyd's duty, like it should have been Ohio State's, or the Big Ten's, to vehemently defend Michigan's position.

Perhaps Urban Meyer would like to tender his resignation before Lloyd Carr's in the face of utter jackal tactics in this matter, that I now see as a personal war with the SEC over its generally-segregated view of the sporting world.

Of course, he wouldn't, especially if he was not forced to do so by the Florida president, who probably has as much power in this situation as the NCAA president. However, Urban, of course, conveniently avoided, the fact that this became a rather strange popularity contest where Michigan, the #2 ranked team in the nation after the OSU/Michigan loss, somehow lost three times instead of once. This was done, of course, largely because the majority of college football enthusiasts, many of them from schools in the SEC, absolutely could not stand to see a flaw in the BCS and the nature of polls revealed yet again against their schools. They could not stand, taken as a direct insult to the SEC in particular, that somehow the SEC, Florida and Arkansas, in particular, could not crack the nut of #1 OSU and #2 Michigan. They refused, and threatened, of course, to watch, respect, and/or acknowledge a national championship match with OSU and Michigan. There could not be any possibility, of course, that OSU and Michigan were that powerful and more deserving of their rankings. To save the sport, Ohio State merely had to suggest Michigan off the plank, with First Mate Meyer happily doing two weeks' worth of footwork.

The best part about this . . . the BCS was conceived from the mind of a former Southern Elitist Conference commisioner by the name of Roy Kramer. Perhaps he thought it would be a swell way to keep the bowl money better secured in the family. Whoops went that idea when Auburn got jobbed in 2004! The problem is that his better solution now became a Frankenstein on a foreign school. Perhaps the US government would like to step in any day now and take over the NCAA temporarily with authority that Po Myles Brand can't wield, at least, in the form of a lift of tax exempt status and another gigantic wield of taxed funds and penalties, penalties so great on the largest schools that all the BCS-related schools lose money at the end of the year.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-12-04 01:37 pm (UTC)
Jim Walden . . . is an enemy.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-12-04 02:01 pm (UTC)
Don't believe that Jim Walden, former coach of Washington State and Iowa State, suddenly made the Harris poll a case of fraud?

Adding to the quirkiness of the day was the former Washington State and Iowa State coach Jim Walden voting Florida No. 1, the only person in either poll to do so.

“If you look at the Big Ten conference, it is a joke,” Walden said in a telephone interview late last night. He added: “I voted my heart and I voted my strength of what I believe in. In my opinion, Florida is the No. 1 team in the nation.”

The Wolverines’ biggest fault might have been not playing the past two weeks; their final impression on the voting public was their 3-point loss at Ohio State.

Carr predicted after that game that the only sure thing that would come with the end of the season was controversy. And he was right.

But an unexpected twist came with Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel’s refusal to vote in the final USA Today poll. (One Harris voter, the former Oregon and N.F.L. player Alex Molden, was unable to vote because of a “personal situation.”)

“I thought it wasn’t appropriate for us to cast a ballot,” said Tressel, who never warmed to the notion of a rematch with Michigan.


This was pulled from Pete Thamel's December 4th New York Times article, titled, "Florida Passes Michigan for Spot in Title Game."

There is no more trust in the polls. It is a time for permanent divorce. Jokers like Molden, Tressel, and Walden lend to this sentiment. These people decided the largely-funneled millions of dollars to change hands with these sentiments. Tressel, I imagine, realize the big mouths of his students in regard to preference to play USC helped bring about this issue.

It was a shame that Florida State was given the nod over many one-loss teams in 1998. It was a shame that one-loss Miami FL was left out with Oregon and Washington in the cold in 2000. It was a shame that #2 Oregon was botched in 2001 by giving the match to Nebraska. It was a shame in 2003 that USC was #1 by the 66 percent and left out of the championship game, and it was a shame that LSU and USC had to share that championship. It was a shame in 2004 that Auburn was the undefeated conference champion of the three to be left from the championship game. It is a shame, once again, this year. This year, Florida had time to face Michigan in an extra game on neutral site in order to get to Ohio State, if that's how Urban Meyer really felt when he said this:

“It’s an imperfect system,” said Florida Coach Urban Meyer, who predicted that the zaniness of this season would help lead to college football’s adopting a playoff. “If you want a true national champion, the only way to do it is on the field.” - also from the NY Times article above

Unfortunately, I'd not put it past Meyer to switch positions if forced to play against Michigan to an opinion that his team was far too tired from the oh-so-grueling self-proclaimed SEC matches to even consider extra possible money for Florida and Michigan and Ohio State from a run-off bowl.
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From: steakumms
2006-12-04 05:03 pm (UTC)
That there is no playoff system in 1-A college football gives the BCS title game only slightly more credibility than WrestleMania.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-12-04 05:28 pm (UTC)
I know.

I keep waiting for Lloyd Carr to jump off the top rope and get Urban Meyer in a sleeper hold, but I know he's never going to do it.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-12-04 06:01 pm (UTC)
Although, with regard to USC and then Florida jumping ahead of 3x1-loss Michigan, I would like to believe that when HAL 9000 and the roughly 177 circuits of the 66 percent were faced with a national championship decided in November, Michigan suddenly became Bowman.

I'm hoping that some Bowman realizes the utter terror one of these years, and he or she manages to shut the system down.
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