Regardless of what Spencer Hall would have you believe, the BCS is not alright. Sure, we’ll likely get an exciting National Championship game between Florida/Alabama and Oklahoma, but it won’t be without controversy. Texas is obviously getting the shaft, having beaten the Sooners face-to-face on a neutral field, yet being leapfrogged by Oklahoma, which will play in the Big XII title game for a shot at making it to the BCS Championship.â†µ
But forget all this nonsense about what’s “fair” or “just” because hot damn, the BCS has made this regular season exciting! This from one of the system’s creator’s Roy Kramer:
"I'm tremendously pleased with how it's working," said Kramer, the former SEC commissioner who put the controversial structure in place as the first BCS coordinator in 1998. "One of the purposes was to make the regular season more interesting and exciting, and I think it's accomplished that to an enormous degree. I'm watching an NFL game [Sunday] and in the middle of the game, they're talking about the BCS. You never heard that in the past."â†µ
In the same way that making the season “interesting” doesn’t make its outcome fair, nor does people “talking about the BCS” make the current system a positive for college football. More than likely, those NFL commentators were discussing some sort of BCS controversy. But I guess any publicity is good publicity, a theory that will continue to apply to NCAA football for some time to come, according to Kramer:â†µ
"The BCS is the system we have, and I don't see a playoff on the horizon," Kramer said. "I don't see the support. I think we are as far as you'll get."â†µ
Is there a sport fan in the athletic universe that gets more screwed over than college football enthusiasts? The fact that nine-out-of-10 fans want a playoff system just isn’t enough support to get it done. But hey, all this complaining sure does make it “exciting,” no?â†µ
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