Thursday, March 26, 2009

U.S. Senate Investigates BCS Championship

Finally, something from Washington that I can support...

The Associated Press is reporting that the United States Senate will be holding hearings to determine the fairness of the way that college football picks it's national champion. Leading the charge is Republican, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. It seems that Utah was bypassed by the BCS in spite of Utah's undefeated season. Both of the teams in the championship game had suffered one loss during their seasons. It seems that almost every year there are teams left out of championship consideration simply because of their conference. Let's take the argument out of the championship and finally provide a championship series that will once and for all determine the national champion.

The AP reports, "In the House, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, has sponsored legislation that would prevent the NCAA from calling a football game a "national championship" unless the game culminates from a playoff system." AMEN! It's a mystery to me why the powers within the NCAA do not want a playoff system such as what we are enjoying right now with basketball. It would be very simple to incorporate the current bowl games into a playoff system. The BCS rankings could be used to seed the tournament and to determine it's participants. Eight teams, sixteen, or even thirty-two could work through a playoff system beginning with the Christmas holidays and concluding with the championship game on New Years Day.

You can read the entire AP article here.

HT: Drudge

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