BCS remains a scam

Well, now. Bet all the Gators fans are feeling better now.

Despite another blown call in a close game, the Gators have recaptured the No. 1 position in the AP poll and remain atop the Bowl Championship Series rankings.

Too bad the BCS is nothing but a farce.

While some people may bemoan politicians spending time wading into such trivial matters, I think that the time is ripe for some bipartisan intervention into this mess. That’s why I think U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch did the right thing by calling on President Barack Obama to have the Justice Department investigate whether the BCS violates antitrust laws.

I know, I know. Some of you SEC lovers think this is nothing but some sort of whining coming from the schools out West who have been unable to crack into the BCS and appear destined to have the same thing happen again this year.

But there is something almost borderline un-American about the way the BCS operates. Put it this way: There are less than 200 human beings across the country who even have any kind of sway in the weekly BCS rankings. That’s less than the number of people in Congress, probably less than the number of people in your neighborhood or your church, maybe even less than the number of people who show up at your kid’s soccer game.

Right now the BCS standings are determined by 59 football coaches, the 114 panelists of the Harris Interactive College Football Poll and an average of six computer rankings.

It’s been well established that many football coaches fill out their ballots without giving much more thought then looking at the scoreboard. The Harris poll is composed of  “former coaches, players, administrators and current and former media.” This includes people such as former Noles QB Danny Kanell and former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt and a whole bunch of other people that I would guess that even the most rabid football fan would have trouble recognizing.

The fact that the standings are determined by this cabal is far from the only problem with the BCS but it’s one of the most egregious. Then there’s the whole selection process that guarantees the highest spots to the champions of six conferences but then limits the number that can come from other conferences. Plus of course Notre Dame gets an automatic bowl bid if it finishes within the top eight in the BCS standings. How’s that for protectionism?

America is supposed to be the land of opportunity. If you play by the rules and work hard, you get your shot.

That’s not the way the BCS works now. It’s a scam aimed at protecting a select few. What’s wrong with competition? What’s wrong with deciding things on the field?

It’s time that college fans across the country to call on university presidents and boards to dismantle this system. And if they won’t do it then it’s time for state lawmakers and Congress to jump in.

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