Bowl Championship Series RIP

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The College Presidents’ Oversight Committee has approved a four team seeded playoff.  It is WAY overdue.

It is hard to understand why it took the ivy covered college presidents so long to realize their dream of squeezing more money out of the sport of football.  Any form of playoff would automatically generate a lot more money than the BcS ever did.  While this plan is a major step forward, I still have a lot of questions.

My first question is why did this take so long?  We hear that the Bowl system had to be protected.  Who among us did not shed a tear when the Poulan Weedeater Bowl went belly up?  I have more to say about the Bowls later.  But when a team must only win 6 games to qualify, how important can the bowl be?

Then there was the argument that a playoff would negatively impact the student-athletes.  But those same educators have no issues with the basketball players missing 3 weeks of school for the NCAA basketball championships.  And those require teams to visit 3 different cities.


Second it will not start until the 2014.  WHY?  Because none of the supporters of the BcS can admit it was a quick fix that lived far beyond its useful life, we are stuck with it for another couple of miserable seasons.


Third, will Notre Dame leadership please excuse themselves from any discussion of college football playoffs.  ND has not been a factor for years.  It is not likely to be a factor any time soon despite hiring a really good head coach.  They have their own deal with NBC.  But other than an occasional game against a football power in which they are regularly crushed, their schedule includes a lot of games against the Sisters of the Perpetually Miserable.  They have no business having a voice in this decision.


Next, where is the money going?  These are public universities supported in part by taxpayer money.  We, the tax paying public, have a right to full disclosure on what is done with the money.  The current bowl system is riddled with problems.

Many schools that go to lower level bowls lose money.  That is right they lose money.  The bowls require a school to buy between 35 and 45% of the tickets.  When the school’s fan base is less than thrilled to be going to the Podunk bowl in outer Nowhereville, the payout for the bowl falls short of covering the ticket cost, let alone the cost of taking the team and equipment, or the cost of housing and food.

In addition there are reports of bowl executives being over paid and the charities that the bowl is supposed to support getting a small percentage of the total income.  Every state has laws limiting the percentage they can take of money generated.  Bowls are under no such restrictions.


Perhaps the biggest question is how will the final four teams be selected?  We are told it will be a combination of a computer system and a committee of “experts.”  We will not know who will make those picks or how the computer system will rank the teams for a while.  I have one piece of advice for the NCAA.  Whatever system they design must be transparent.  Make the votes of the committee public.  Publish a clear account of the factors involved in the computer system and the weight assigned to each.


That’s what I think.  What do you think?


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Texas A&M Women NCAA Basketball

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Texas A&M beat Notre Dame 76-70 in the women’s NCAA Championship game. For fans of the game it was one of the years most exciting, riveting, games of the season.

Watching the game it is hard to believe that just 50 short years ago Texas A&M did not even allow women to attend school. They were among the last schools to fully integrate classes and go co-ed. The women’s basketball players this week laid to rest any lingering doubts (were there any?) that this might have not have been a good thing. Compared with the men’s NCAA Championship game played just a day earlier the women’s game was near non-stop action. The two teams, each sporting a can-do attitude and undying belief they were the rightful champions this year, fought tooth and nail to outdo the other. They exchange baskets, taunts and amazing comebacks throughout the game.

Texas A&M star player Danielle Adams scored 30 points, 22 of them in the second half to put her team head and shoulders above the Irish. Adams is the Aggie’s All-American. She was a junior college transfer who underwent a near complete physical transformation to become the superstar we all saw on the court Tuesday night. Adams dropped 40 pounds since last summer, bringing her weight down to just 240. This no doubt helped her jump just a little bit higher, which in turn allowed her to grab nine amazing rebounds. It is no wonder then that Adams was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player.

In the first five minutes Texas A&M took an early lead scoring 12 points to Notre Dame’s 4. Texas A&M was helped in their fight by Notre Dame’s seeming inability to hold onto the ball. They turned it over so many times it was near impossible to keep count. Turn overs aside, Notre Dame did manage to make some amazing shots and certainly did not get steam rolled by Texas A&M.

The Irish were led by the powerful playing of Skylar Diggins who was Notre Dame’s star player, and for good reason. By halftime Notre Dame was up 35-33 and started the second half of the game with a 7-2 point scoring spree that seemed to be spelling doom for Texas A&M. Suddenly, after a quick huddle, Adams began shooting not from the outside, where she had been known to dominate, but from the inside lane where she also dominated, but in an unexpected way. Notre Dame was totally caught off guard and found themselves fouling on Adams, and putting her in position to sink baskets unchallenged. It also allowed her teammate to sink a three point shot that gave the Aggie’s a 73-68 lead in the last minute of the game, sealing Notre Dame’s doom.

In the last five minutes of the game Notre Dame had an 8 point run that went unmatched by Texas A&M but it still was not enough to overcome the Aggie’s who were simply too far ahead. Texas A&M proved that though they were a newcomer to the national stage they were there for a good reason. They shot 54.7 percent overall; 68.2 percent in the second half alone. That’s a shooting record anyone would be proud to boast about.

Texas A&M has come a long way since first allowing women to attend school there in 1963. No doubt they will come even further in the years to come, thanks to the belief that all students, male and female, are created equal.

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