Friday, May 1

College Football: C.R.E.A.M.

"How is this fair?" asked the subcommittee chairman, Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois, who has co-sponsored Barton's bill. "How can we justify this system ... are the big guys getting together and shutting out the little guys?"

"I think it is fair, because it represents the marketplace," Swofford responded. (AP via TBL)

This exchange between a member of Congress and the head of the BCS illustrates exactly why college football is broken. Keeping the little guys out isn't because the Big Six conferences have the best teams, its all because of the money. The BCS Bowls and the National Championship aren't about rewarding the best of the best, its about the bottom line. This doesn't bode well for Tebow Haters next season. Be prepared to hear a lot more of this:


Perhaps most ironic is that teams from the Big Six are getting screwed just as often. USC has had the same record as the national champions the last two seasons, but have been left out. NFL teams have selected 21 Trojans in the last two years, 3 more players than the last two national champions (LSU and Florida) combined. Ability to translate to the next level does not make them more deserving, but that combined with having the same records during the seasons mean Captain Twitter's team should have an opportunity.

The NCAA loves to show their "most of us will be going pro in something other than sports" commercials, they love to play their sportsmanship spots, but as the cliche goes actions speak louder than words. They're being greedy at the expense of the product on the field, but if/when a player acts greedy just as they do every year, the NCAA is ready to crack down (unless he goes to USC... they weren't going to get off the hook). The NCAA is so tightly tied to fairness with Title IX, but when there's no legal ramifications they're ready to cash in the biggest check they can and the student-athletes be damned.  

As long as college football gets driven not by the results on the field, but by the marketplace, the majority of schools, student athletes and fans will suffer, and John Swofford's insistence on protecting "Old Money" with the current bowl system points to a good ole boy network that enjoys cashing in on the labors of strong, unpaid young men. Yeah, I said it.

1 comment:

Cleet said...

Cash rules everything around me. Dolla dolla bill y'all.