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Mountain West has automatic AQ status denied

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Beginning with the 2014 season, a seeded four-team playoff will be in place.

Until then, the sad, antiquated abomination that is the BcS will be in effect to determine a “national champion” in 2012 and 2013.  And will continue to exclude the “non-automatic qualifiers” designation that has come to represent a lot that’s wrong with the current system.

According to the conference, the BcS presidential oversight committee has denied the Mountain West’s appeal for automatic qualifying status for the next two seasons.  The appeal was filed last December, and the reason for the denial on the part of the committee was not given.

“We made a very compelling case on behalf of the Mountain West,” MWC commissioner Craig Thompson said in a statement.  “It was based on clear performance metrics and the prior precedent established by the BCS in awarding automatic qualification. Unfortunately, the Presidential Oversight Committee decided against granting us the AQ exemption.”

As noted by the Idaho Statesman, the Big East received for the 2008 and 2009 seasons the very same waiver the MWC was requesting.  Also as noted by the Statesman, the Big East “is part of the BCS contract for 2010 to 2013.”  Which the MWC is not, it should be noted.

Ironically enough, Boise State will be making a football-only move from the MWC to the Big East in 2013 — maybe.  TCU, which originally agreed to move to the Big East from the MWC, will become an official member of the Big 12 this year.

Even on your deathbed, and after last rites have been administered and the plug’s been pulled, excellent work, BcS.  Excellent work.

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10 Responses to “Mountain West has automatic AQ status denied”
  1. rsmeans says: Jun 27, 2012 8:18 AM

    The denial was well justified.

  2. halbert53 says: Jun 27, 2012 11:19 AM


  3. fcmlefty1 says: Jun 27, 2012 11:37 AM

    While I tend to agree that the current MWC didn’t deserve the exemption (especially the projected 2013 membership), it amazes me that the precedent of allowing the Big East thier exemption wasn’t followed in this case. If the Big East deserved thier exemption back then, the MWC deserved the same treatment now.

  4. nebolin607 says: Jun 27, 2012 12:28 PM

    The MWC has just as much right to be there as the big east (or should we say least) – who is even goign to be left in their conf. after West Virgina, Pitt and Syracuse leave? If the BE gets an exception so should the MWC. Heck by 2013 Lousiville may not even be in the BE.

  5. orthomarine says: Jun 27, 2012 1:35 PM

    Many of the schools won’t be in by 2013…

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 27, 2012 1:45 PM

    How can one error be justified by making another? How can the bad situation which now exists be made better by compounding it?

    Saner minds have prevailed. Of course, do not give an AQ exemption for the short time it yet will mean anything. The mistake made with the Big Least will be made right again in the near future, when there will be no AQs for any conference, any team.

    JT: I am going to do like southernpatriots….best line: “Even on your deathbed, and after last rites have been administered and the plug’s been pulled, excellent work, BcS. Excellent work.”

  7. TxGrown says: Jun 27, 2012 1:47 PM

    Who cares? None of this will matter starting 2014.

  8. Deb says: Jun 27, 2012 3:36 PM

    No, the MWC doesn’t deserve an AQ–and neither does the Big East. But since the system is going away in two years, it would have been foolish to expect the BCS to make any changes to current AQs anyway. What would be the point?

  9. sabatimus says: Jun 27, 2012 5:05 PM

    I take it the “c” in “BcS” was lower-case intentionally. I.e., it’s a sad joke of a “championship” when it’s determined by asinine rules and cryptic computer models.

  10. ancientcougar says: Jun 28, 2012 9:39 PM

    MWC is a good conference; none of the conferences should have been excluded in that a different format should have been in place to begin with. Like the top 8 teams regardless of Conference affiliation, Period.

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