Orrin Hatch hasn't kept his hate for the BCS any sort of secret. He urged President Barack Obama to investigate the BCS back in October. Now he's written a letter to President Obama asking him to invite both Boise State and Alabama to the White House:â†µ
In the coming months, as you engage in the time-honored tradition of inviting the champions of major sports leagues to visit the White House, you will have an opportunity to honor the best teams and athletes in the country. I write today to respectfully suggest that the Boise State University football team be included among this year's invitees.â†µâ†µ
The end of another college football season has brought with it a new set of controversies surrounding the Bowl Championship series (BCS). The BCS has crowned the University of Alabama – an excellent football team, no doubt deserving of the honor and attention they’ve received as – national champions. However, as you know, the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) has yet to institute a playoff system to decide its national championship, leaving fans to speculate whether more than one team is worth of the sport's top honor, particularly in those years, like this one, when more than one team finishes the season undefeated. In 2009, Boise State's football team had its third undefeated regular season in five years and, on January 4, 2010, capped its season with a Fiesta Bowl victory over a very good and highly-rankled team from Texas Christian University. Indeed, as Senator James Risch recently wrote to you, "the BSU football team showed the country that they are true champions." Yet, even with its perfect season and long track record of success, Boise State was not given an opportunity to play for the national championship.â†µ
Yahoo's Dan Wetzel proposed the same thing back on Jan. 5 and it would be a true eye-opener. (Whether it should be a major concert of the President is another matter.) That being said, if he wants to follow through on that "throw his weight around" claim regarding the BCS, this is his chance.â†µ
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