Out of all the critics of the BcS — and there are many — there’s none that wield more power than The First Fan, President Barack Obama.
Shortly after he was elected in November of 2008, Pres. Obama said during a 60 Minutes interview that he was a proponent of a playoff system and would “throw my weight around a little bit” upon taking office.
“If you’ve got a bunch of teams who play throughout the season and many of them have one loss or two losses, there’s no clear, decisive winner,” Obama said during the interview. “We should be creating a playoff system.”
While The President has been forced to deal with, ahem, a couple of slightly more pressing issues since moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it looks like his administration may be carving out a little bit of time to deal with the inequities of the current system used to determine a national champion.
The Associated Press has obtained a copy of a letter from Assistant Attorney General Ronald Welch to Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, in which Welch states the Justice Department is looking at the option of opening an investigation into the BcS in order to determine whether the cartel group violate antitrust laws.
“Frankly, there’s an arrogance about the BCS that just drives me nuts,” Hatch said at the time. “Hopefully this hearing will open the door to have some people reconsider their positions. And if nothing else, the Justice Department ought to be looking at this.”
Welch also stated that the administration is looking at several other options, one of which would be charging the Federal Trade Commission to “review the legality of the BcS under consumer protection laws.”
For all of the clout the Senate and House hearings that were held last summer carried, there was — and still is — really only one thing that could potentially force the BcS back on its heels enough to make it more amenable to a playoff system. And that one thing would be Obama following through on his “threat” and having his administration — particularly the Justice Department — throw the weight of the Oval Office around a little bit.
Hopefully, the threat of that “little bit” will be enough to force the BcS to do what the majority of fans want, and that’s to give everyone a playoff system to determine a national champion.
Ya know, the way they do in every other major collegiate sport.
Either way, you go Obama. Here’s hoping for change that most college football fans can believe in.