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Utah attorney general, Justice Department discuss possible BcS probe

It’s been rumored for many months, if not years, that the U.S. Department of Justice would launch a federal investigation into the legality of the BcS, perhaps at the urging and with the full backing of President Obama’s administration.

According to Utah’s attorney general, the department may be closer to launching a probe than ever before.

Mark Shurtleff told the Associated Press that he met with Justice Department officials earlier this week and, while there is no firm commitment yet to open a probe, it’s obvious that an investigation into possible antitrust violations is something the department is looking into and working toward.

They are doing their due diligence,” Shurtleff said a day after the meetings ended. “They had done their homework.”

When informed of the meetings, Bill Hancock, the BcS’ official public puppet/mouthpiece, trotted out one of the most asinine and insulting arguments that side has when it comes to potential government intervention: look how they’re blowing your hard-earned money, Mr. Hard-Working Naive Taxpayer.

“[It’s] hard to imagine a bigger waste of taxpayer money than to involve the government in college football,” Baghdad Bill told the AP.

Shurtleff offered a prediction of what would happen if the government, specifically the Justice Department, were to further waste taxpayer money and become involved in college football.

“You get the DOJ behind one, and the BCS will finally say, ‘OK, we’ll go to a playoff.'”

Of course, the BcS side of the equation would shoot back with a hollow threat to go back to the old system if a playoff were to be foisted upon them.  CoughcoughBScoughcough.  Won’t happen, but it’ll still be tossed out there to throw a scare into anyone who deigns to disagree with the current method used to crown a champion.

Like just about everything involving the BcS, though, it’s nothing but a diversionary tactic by a cartel looking to illegally keep the have-nots from infiltrating their haves clubhouse.

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18 Responses to “Utah attorney general, Justice Department discuss possible BcS probe”
  1. WingT says: Nov 4, 2010 8:37 PM

    If this is what it takes to finally get a playoff for college football then I am all for it.

    At least start with a plus 1 playoff – several coaches favor this.

  2. Deb says: Nov 4, 2010 11:07 PM

    I’m all for it. The NCAA is the most corrupt organization in sports, using kids for their own profit like the Romans with the gladiators, then torturing their schools if they’re caught benefiting from their own talents. And on top of that, they come up with this bizarre way of crowing a champion. I just hope that if they pursue this, they take the trouble to actually build a case. The only way they’ll waste taxpayer money is if they repeat their Blagojevich fiasco.

  3. mrpictureman says: Nov 5, 2010 11:47 AM

    Let’s see the little school want to play with the big boys for one game a season and call themselves champs. So they get the most corrupt racist organization in the country (DOJ) to battle for them with a president who is too woried about sports to run the country. Do I have this right? Somethings wrong here in more then one area

  4. Deb says: Nov 5, 2010 1:19 PM

    @mrpictureman …

    The most corrupt racist organization in the country–the Department of Justice? So how’s the weather in Montana? A president too worried about sports to run the country? Do you have it right? No, genius, you don’t. The president has said he’d like to have a playoff system. So would almost every college football fan in America. But this investigation is being spearheaded by federal prosecutors–who are charged with spearheading corruption on this scale–not the White House.

    As for running the country, here is a VERY limited list of what the president has been doing the last two years. You’re more than welcome to check my facts … assuming you actually know how to fact-check:

    • Announced a plan to responsibly end the war in Iraq, and began moving forward with a responsible drawdown of our combat forces, transferring security to Iraq’s forces.
    • Developed a comprehensive new strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan and authorized deployment of more than 21,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.
    • The President signed Wall Street Reform, the most sweeping reforms since the Great Depression, to hold Wall Street accountable, put an end to bailouts and “too big to fail,” and enforce the strongest consumer protections in history.
    • The President signed the Small Business Jobs Act providing tax breaks and better access to credit for millions of small businesses.
    • The President signed the HIRE Act providing a payroll tax credit for companies that hire employees who have been looking for work for 60 days or more. Millions of workers have been hired through this process already.
    • The President launched the National Export Initiative with a goal of doubling exports and supporting several million new jobs over five years.
    • The President launched a $15 billion plan to boost lending to small businesses.
    • President Obama played a lead role in G-20 Summit that produced a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis.
    • The President signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act which gives the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud, from lending to the financial system, and creates a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial practices that brought us to this point.
    • The President signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures, providing $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness , and helping to stabilize the housing market for everybody.
    • The President signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act to protect Americans from unfair and deceptive credit card practices.
    • The President signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system.
    • The President signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which has been responsible for about 3 million American jobs and brought the economy back from the brink of another depression. The President launched to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology. The Recovery Act also included a broad range of tax cuts aimed at making the tax code more fair and supporting the middle class:
    -95% of all working families will receive a tax cut
    -70% of the tax benefits goes to the middle 60% of American workers
    -2 million families will be lifted out of poverty by the tax cuts in the Recovery Act
    -More than $150 billion in tax cuts will help low-income and vulnerable households during the economic recovery
    -About 1 million jobs will be created or saved by these tax cuts alone

  5. edgy says: Nov 5, 2010 1:45 PM

    mrpictureman says:

    Let’s see the little school want to


    Obama weighed in on the playoffs in January of LAST YEAR after the BCS championship and his administration knows what he supports so they don’t have to go to him every day to ask him if he still supports a playoff. BTW, do you think that Bush was too interested in sports when he kept inviting all those champions to the White House every year? Don’t you think he should have been paying more attention to the economy?

  6. blitz4848 says: Nov 5, 2010 4:02 PM

    What is happening in the blogging world?
    Deb has morphed into an Edgy type by leaving 2,ooo word responses–lmao
    Deb must have had Keith Olberman type her response—obviously she’s a republican–lmao
    Maybe you should blog as Obama Deb–lmao

  7. Deb says: Nov 5, 2010 5:06 PM

    @blitz4848 …

    An edgy-type?!? No need to get nasty! LOL

    Actually, the White House helped me. The Administration and Congress conveniently issue press releases every time they pass or sign legislation–so it’s pretty easy to keep up with what they’ve done without ever listening to a talking head like Olberman or Hannity :) I could have listed twice that much–I didn’t even mention healthcare reform! Do these dingdongs have ANY idea what a president does??? Love or hate any president, the leader of our nation deserves some respect.

  8. edgy says: Nov 5, 2010 5:45 PM

    Blitz, Deb uses the term SCOTUS but she stole it from me when I used it to describe her briefs and don’t think that I was the first that ever commented on that fact.

  9. WingT says: Nov 5, 2010 7:28 PM

    Well I think it safe to say that mrpictureman has officially been introduced to Deb, lol

    Hey Deb, you go girl :)

  10. Deb says: Nov 5, 2010 10:32 PM

    @WingT …

    Thanks lol 😉

    Yes, edge, I frequently write long, and many have commented on that. The difference between us is I don’t deny it. Yes, I use SCOTUS, but only in reference to your posts specifically because you love to apply the acronym to others but are deluded into thinking it doesn’t apply to you. Since neither Blitz nor I mentioned it in our exchange, you didn’t need to get bent out of shape declaring I’d stolen it (lol) … especially since the term did not originate with you.

  11. mrpictureman says: Nov 6, 2010 4:00 AM

    Let’s see Obama is not racist and has pulled the country together? OMG DOJ and Holder are in Obama’s pocket. When they let the New Black Panters off for voter intimdation and he calls everyone but the democrats enemies of hispanics? He reduses to secure our borders and takes Arizona to task for doing what he is supposed to do instead off working with them? Wait he never read the bill but he did read the sports page. Come on. The spending Obama has levied on this country is well documented… And Deb I hate to tell you this but EVERY instance you sited only added to the national debt and was absolutely worthless. I could easily tear every thing you wrote apart however this is a sport blog not politics? And if Obama was so wonderful why is the unemployement at 9.5%L Wait that was Bush’s fault? Heathcare? Don’t get me started. While the country sent a strong message to Obama and his democrats obviously your rose colored classes did not see it. Hopefully Obama can stay off the sports pages and get this country in the right direction we are all hoping for that and if he can’t do it get out of the way and get someone else in there who can. Here’s hoping he can do something positive for the country and stay off the sports pages until he does!!!

  12. Deb says: Nov 6, 2010 2:51 PM

    mrpictureman …

    Since this is a sports blog, you shouldn’t have used it as a forum for disrespecting the President of the United States, regardless of his political party. The point I was making is that our President has been doing his job, not focusing on sports, as you accused.

    No, all of those programs did not simply add to the national debt. The stimulus programs stopped the bleeding or we would have 18 percent unemployment. That’s not my opinion, but the opinion of the leading economists in the nation. You might know that if you troubled to read the leading economists in the nation rather than simply listening to Rupert Murdock’s personal PR machine.

    No, you cannot tear apart my list because it is simply a partial list of what the president has done in the last two years since taking office. He has signed that legislation, worked on those programs, etc., so there’s nothing to tear apart.

    The Attorney General works at the president’s pleasure. I realize that having both an African-American president and an African-American Attorney General has sent some of you around the bend, but I focus on character, not color. Oh my–was the Justice Department racist when both the president and the AG were white?

    The Justice Department should be investigating corrupt monopolies in multi-billion-dollar enterprises like college sports–especially since this particular multi-billion-dollar enterprise has an impact on the lives of so many young men.

    It’s not uncommon for a president to lose ground in the midterm elections–especially when that president is a Democrat. Republicans are not known for being good losers. I’m sure a bogus impeachment will be forthcoming. But the country will continue to move forward in spite of you. No matter how hard you try, you cannot return us to the Dark Ages.

  13. mrpictureman says: Nov 7, 2010 5:31 PM

    The President disrespects himself without help from others and that is obvious to everyone. What you fail to realize is that I am black also so don’t preach that stuff to me and take the rose colored glasses off. We need jobs simple as that and the Presodent has not performed. Now go away miss I think I am a do gooder Just…go away

  14. Deb says: Nov 7, 2010 9:54 PM

    mrpictureman …

    What you fail to realize is that your race doesn’t matter to me. I’m a CFT regular, hon, and not going anywhere. And I haven’t worn rose-colored glasses since grade school.

    We disagree on political policy. That’s what happens in a Democratic Republic where people are free to form and express their own opinions. The President has not disrespected himself or anyone else. He is the leader of my country, and while I don’t have any problem with someone who disagrees with him, I do have a problem with the office being disrespected–and felt the same way when President Bush held it.

    I’m a self-employed cancer survivor and got notice this week that my health premium just increased $6,000 to nearly $20,000 a year. I’ve lost half my clients who’ve gone under during the recession. I’m struggling as much as anyone else. But I understand that the economy nose-dived under the previous administration, that the measures this president took kept us from sinking even further, and that he was fighting nonsense like that race-based “birther” lunacy every step of the way.

    There are no quick fixes. People who expect them will be disappointed.

  15. mrpictureman says: Nov 8, 2010 1:45 AM

    That’s exactly my point Obama told us that healthcare would be cheaper. That did not work out just the oposite! The time the country really changed was once congress became a democrat controlled majority making Bush a lame duck. While Bush certainly did nothing for the country Reed and Pelosi sent it down a path of distruction. Unfortunate Obama followed their lead. Hopefully that wont happen again now that we do not have a democrat or republican majority held congress. The healthcare law just has too many problems and needs to be redone. I am a single father of 3 teenagers and I almost dropped my heath insurance because I could not afford it. I kept it last year only for absolute emergencies because I can’t pay the new added co pay costs in the hundreds to thousands. So all of that money went wasted because we did not do any regular normal office visits instead just praying that nothing is seriously wrong. Unfortunately once the new healthcare goes into affect you as a survivor will be given less treatment then those who are younger and are in better heath. That is just wrong! I am so proud of you and your battle and wish you well and now its time that Obama understands that also. I think he does he just is not sure how to do it. The rich can’t take on all of the responsibility for the country there has to be a better way. So hang in their and lets move on. How about those BcS standing?

  16. Deb says: Nov 8, 2010 12:00 PM

    Thanks for the well wishes. I wish the same for you, and pray things work out for us all.

    I’m a Bama fan … just happy we’re still hanging onto #12 after Saturday’s loss. Big Steelers fan, too, and hoping for good things tonight. How about you?

  17. mrpictureman says: Nov 8, 2010 3:08 PM

    Bama..Oh No..!!! Razorback grad here you were lucky to beat us this year you know that? lol

  18. Deb says: Nov 8, 2010 6:29 PM

    Well … I wouldn’t say lucky lol I’m a Florida girl and a Mizzou grad, but my dad’s from Alabama and we were raised on the Tide. My brother moved up there and married a Bama grad–I think just so he could get season tickets :)

    You guys have a good QB this year–one of the few who has the kind of qualities pro scouts dream about.

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