When BcS executive director Bill Hancock responded on Thursday to a March letter from a pair of U.S. senators — which apparently went over like a fart in church based on Sen. Orrin Hatch‘s response — part of Hancock’s letter contained the criteria for a non-automatic qualifying conference to become an automatic qualifier.
While Hatch and fellow Sen. Max Baucus are concerned about how the BcS financial pie is divvied up and whether the current structure violates antitrust law, Utah president Michael Young is more concerned about the math that’s involved in keeping his school and his conference from getting an automatic piece of said financial pie.
In two of the three categories the BcS uses to determine which conferences automatically qualify, the Mountain West ranks third — highest-ranked team and Top 25 points. Sure, they are seventh in the third category — average team ranking — but, as noted by the Idaho Statesman, both the Big Ten and ACC do not currently meet the exacting standards applied to the MWC by the BcS.
And therein lies the rub for Young, who feels that his conference has proved its mettle against the “Big Boys” over the past few years.
“If any conference in the country has proved itself, we think it’s us,” Young told the Statesman. “We think, math be damned, it’s pretty clear. … There’s a real sense that if this system has even a modicum of rationality we ought to be in. But we don’t make those decisions and how much that will influence my fellow presidents in their deliberation is hard to say.”
(Once again giving a standing ovation to the deserving little man.)
Even for the BcS and their smugness, that’s a hard argument to counter. So, now, it’s up to the collegiate cartel to do the right thing. Right here, right now.
Don’t make this conference go to the presidential oversight committee and “beg” for something they’ve earned based on play on the field, and make them pay for politics played behind closed doors.
You want some much-needed goodwill, BcS? Do the right thing and strip the Mountain West of their non-AQ status and put them in their rightful place next to the Big East and ACC as automatic qualifiers.
You oh-so-quietly tweaked your rules regarding the stripping of a BcS champion of their title as the whole Reggie Bush situation was just beginning to unfold; you can thus oh-so-loudly tweak the rules when it comes to non-AQs.
And maybe, just maybe, you’ll get Congress off your back.
Then again, that would make too much sense, something the BcS will never, ever be accused of.