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Another Year, Another BCS Controversy

by @ 11:12 pm on January 9, 2007. Filed under 2006 BCS Championship, College Sports, Sports

With Florida’s victory over Ohio State, the Gators are the “official” BCS Champions, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t controversy yet again:

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 9 — Florida Coach Urban Meyer was awarded national championship trophies Tuesday, while the nation’s only undefeated team, Boise State, was forced to settle for a fifth-place final ranking in the Associated Press poll.

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The postseason’s most thrilling game occurred in the same stadium as the national title game, University of Phoenix Stadium, but a week earlier. Boise State’s zany 43-42 overtime victory over Oklahoma will be cited as a prime reason why some type of playoff structure is needed in the future.

The Broncos (13-0) were denied a chance to play for the national title and received only one first-place vote in the AP poll. The lone voter who did not vote Florida at No. 1 was Greg Archuleta of the Albuquerque Journal. It’s worth noting that, even under a plus-one model, Boise State would not get a chance to play for a title.

So now the question is, should Boise State have been given a chance at the national title, unofficial though it may be ?

The solution, obviously, would be a playoff system of some kind. The NCAA does it in Basketball and in the lower-level divisions for football (not to mention sports like lacrosse and soccer), so there isn’t any real reason why it couldn’t happen for big-time College Football.

For fans, the answer is yes. For the colleges who run the NCAA, the people who run the Bowl Games, the television guys, and the sponsors, though, I think the answer is a resounding NO. And as long as that’s the case, the BCS is likely to be the best we’re going to get.

Further thoughts from Kim Priestap and Brendan Loy

One Response to “Another Year, Another BCS Controversy”

  1. bascombe says:

    this is a post I posted elsewhere, but about the same topic…

    The controversy about the BCS is about fairness. Fairness and money. The BCS hosts the four major bowl games in the country. It guarantees six slots to their six pet favorite conferences champions. The other two slots, (that is if Notre Dame doesn’t take one) have to be fought over by other teams in the BCS conferences, and all the other teams in the non BCS conferences.

    Now let’s follow the money… The revenues from the bowl games goes to the conferences that play there. The money is divided up among all the teams of that specific conference. I don’t know if the winning team gets a larger portion or not. They should. The four BCS bowls generate probably as much or more money than all the other bowl games put together.

    What this means is those six BCS conferences are guaranteed to get most of the Bowl money every season which means they can add that money to their programs and keep them strong while the people from the other conferences like the Mid-America or the WAC, or the Mountain West don’t have access to that money to build their programs. Hence the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. In other words the BCS system is designed to keep the pet conferences strong.

    Where is the NCAA in all of this? Why do they not represent the interests of ALL their member schools? Why are these six conferences given this preferential treatment? You might say it’s because they are traditional powers. If they’re so good, they don’t need the guaranteed bowl money from the BCS. If they are that good then they should win it all anyway without the preferential treatment.

    Why is the NCAA holding the hands of these six conferences, making sure they get the lion’s share of the bowl monies? And why is the NCAA snubbing the other conferences in Division I?

    Suppose the other conferences decided the NCAA was no longer meeting their needs and they decided to withdraw and form a rival association called the ACAA?

    Can you imagine March Madness with one half of the NCAA defecting to the ACAA? It would be more like March Kinda Crazy, But Not Really.

    There is alot more than just football money pouring through the hands of the NCAA. There is basketball money too. Imagine being the chairman of the NCAA that had to preside over the defection of half the schools in the NCAA. Half the money just walked out the door, and why? because the other schools decided the NCAA didn’t represent them anymore.

    It’s time the NCAA did something to guarantee fairness to all their schools, not just the ones they like.

    Otherwise it’s ACAA here we come

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