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U.S. Rep. can smell the end of the BcS

Along with Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, one of the most staunch critics of the BcS has been a member of the United States House of Representatives, Joe Barton of Texas.

The legislator has seen in recent days the money grab that led to the Big 12 saving itself, and feels that’s a sign that the current system of deciding a national champion will fall in on itself.

“The reason the Big 12 stayed together is the commissioner was able to put together a deal that enabled Texas and Texas A&M to go from about $8 million-$12 million a year to around $20 million a year [apiece],” Barton said according to the Associated Press. “I don’t really have a dog in the hunt as to how the conferences ought to be aligned. But I do think this moves us toward a playoff because we now know where the money is.”

While Barton admitted that “the Big 12 staying together maybe postpones the creation of a playoff system”, the executive director of the BcS, Bill Hancock, is portraying no outward worries that the system he presides over will see its demise come sooner rather than later.

“The fact is, the consensus of all of the schools in the 11 conferences support the BCS,” Hancock said. “There are some who have said they would rather do something else. But it’s a small percentage because the presidents of those schools know the BCS works. It does match the top two teams in a bowl game and it does preserve the importance of the regular season. And it does preserve the bowl system that so many people enjoy.

“I don’t see the universities changing their minds about a playoff or about the BCS system.”

In other words, it’s going to take pressure from people such as Barton and Hatch to ultimately rid ourselves of the scourge known as the BcS.

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  1. Brutus B Columbus Ohio says: Jun 21, 2010 1:59 PM

    War in Iraq and Afghanistan. The economy in trouble. Oil in the Gulf. Don’t the people in Congress have more pressing issues to worry about than the BCS?

  2. RichattheLake says: Jun 21, 2010 4:14 PM

    I want to rid the world of the BCS too, but this knucklehead Barton is the same guy who apologized to BP’s chairman Tony Hayward for being a “shakedown victim.”
    Politicians from both parties have wrecked Washington, stay away from college football.

  3. Bious says: Jun 21, 2010 5:40 PM

    I want to apologize to the BCS for this shakedown of people questioning that the BCS isn’t picture-perfect

  4. Andrew says: Jun 25, 2010 5:18 PM

    Joe Barton. Who’s EVER going to listen to anything this guy says after that pathetic BP apology?

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