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