By Shawn Muller-
(CBS) I can’t stand the Bowl Championship Series.
In November of 2010, Fiesta Bowl officials—along with bowl CEO John Junker–found themselves in hot water for things such as illegal political donations, $1,200 strip club visits, and attempts at covering up the illicit activities.
Earlier this month, the Sugar Bowl acknowledged that it too had officials who made illegal campaign donations to former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco—a direct violation of federal tax laws.
And now the Arizona Republic has exposed the BCS bowls — including the Orange Bowl — of paying off top college decision makers with events like free cruises and golf outings.
Everything about the BCS system is a joke.
Any college football fan on the planet knows that none of the crap these bowl executives from the Fiesta Bowl and the Sugar Bowl would exist if the BCS system was scrapped in favor of a playoff system. Instead of some computer telling us who the national champion was, we would actually see it be played out on the field—you know—where champions are meant to be crowned.
Now, I’m not suggesting that all bowl games should be scrapped. In fact, even if there was a playoff system in place, the other bowl games could go off without a hitch. The teams that do not qualify for a spot in the playoffs could still play their Meineke Car Care Bowls, their Brut Sun Bowls, or in any other one of the 900 different bowl games there are. I like seeing the kids being rewarded for a nice season with a chance to play one last time over the holidays—plus—it gives the fans, students, and alumni an excuse to take a nice little vacation if they so choose.
Every other sport has a playoff system except for the BCS-level of college football. How is it that a playoff system works for the FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA, and high school football, but it can’t work for BCS schools?
That is what all of us want to know.
Well, changes may be coming to the BCS in the near future, but not the changes most college football fans are hoping for. Instead of a playoff system, there are talks that the BCS may get rid of the current two team max from each conference when a new television deal is reached.
During a teleconference yesterday, Mike Slive, the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, was asked about this possibility. Slive said, “I think there are going to be several issues that are important enough to have serious discussion about, and that would one of them.”
BCS executive director Bill Hancock declined to respond to Slive’s comments, but did say in an email to the AP that, “The [conference] commissioners are committed to making the BCS the best it can be. It’s very good now. Just what ‘making it the best’ might entail will be evaluated in a thoughtful and deliberate process over the next six or eight months.”
I am sorry Mr. Hancock, but the current system is not very good right now, regardless of what you seem to believe. And if conference commissioners are “committed to making the BCS the best it can be”, then they would just scrap the whole thing and put you out of a job. Getting rid of the two-team cap will not make the BCS better. It will just benefit the “big six” conferences (assuming they all stay intact. Instead of eliminating restrictions on conference representation in the BCS, why don’t we just go ahead and get rid of the damn BCS system once and for all?
I swear, human beings are the only animals on this planet that insist on making things way harder than they need to be. If you want to scrap the two-team cap, scrap the BCS and create a playoff. Take the top ten teams in the BCS standings—regardless of conference affiliation– and call it a day. Have the 9th and 10th place teams in the polls play for a spot in the quarterfinals.
You want to keep your precious Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Orange Bowl? Then play each quarterfinal game in Pasadena, New Orleans, Phoenix, and Miami. Hell, you could even call it the “BCS quarterfinals” if you like.
Anything would be better than the current system, but what could I or any other college football fan possibly know?
We don’t lack common sense.
And, apparently, you can’t have common sense if you are in charge of the BCS.
Shawn Muller has lived in the great city of Chicago for 7 years. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and, in October of 2010, Shawn received his certificate in radio broadcasting. In his free time, Shawn enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa and 3 year old daughter Ava, catching any live sporting event, and traveling. Check out his radio show, Grab Some Bench with Muller and Bangser” every Thursday night at 8:30 P.M., at www.blogtalkradio.com/spmuller24. Read more of his blogs here.