I am not the only person that can write this column, and in no way do I
have a monopoly on this piece. That being said, Indiana would deserve
to write it more than Utah.
The Week That Was
By Tony Gerdeman
The state of Utah's attorney general Mark Shurtleff says that he is going to file suit against the BCS because it is "an illegal monopoly".
Per the article linked, Shurtleff has been "investigating the BCS"
since the undefeated Utah Utes were shut out of the national
championship in 2008.
What this guy really needs to do, however, is investigate Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, because he voted his own team fifth in the final regular season poll in 2008.
This means that Shurtleff thinks he knows the Utah and national football scene better than the coach who actually works it.
It certainly makes you wonder who, between Shurtleff and Whittingham,
has the most to benefit from the Utes being ranked in the top two.
Clearly it should be Whittingham, but Shurtleff is certainly putting up
One of the fun parts of this ongoing saga of unfair practices for
non-automatic qualifiers is the fact that you'd think the teams on the
outside looking in would give eachother a little bit more credit than
everybody else does, but they don't.
Boise State, who was also undefeated in the regular season, was voted
ninth by Whittingham. Boise coach Chris Peterson voted Utah eighth--one
spot below his own Broncos.
It's pretty clear that either these coaches don't want to see other
non-AQs succeed, or they simply know their place and they didn't
deserve to play for a national championship.
Let's not forget that the 2008 Utes started the season unranked and finished the regular season with just two wins over ranked
opponents (TCU and BYU).
Remember their 25-23 win over the worst Michigan team of all time to open the season?
By the way, in 2008, Florida beat five ranked opponents and Oklahoma beat six.
It's also comical to me that the 2004 season wasn't brought up because Utah was again undefeated and on the outside looking in.
Why wasn't it brought up? Because the same thing happened to Auburn
that season. They finished 12-0, including a win in the SEC
Championship Game. Sometimes there are other undefeated teams ahead of
you and simple math dictates that more than two teams just can't play
in the same game.
The identical thing happened to TCU last year. Oregon and Auburn were
at the top of the BCS standings from the first week they were released
until they played for the championship.
Weaker schedules generally dictate that teams with better schedules
will have to lose at least once to allow you passage. The same thing
holds true for the Big East. Do you see them suing?
My absolute favorite aspect of this entire unfairness argument is the
fact that these schools that Shurtleff is fighting on behalf of have
been helped tremendously by the BCS.
Boise State would be playing in the Humanitarian Bowl every year if it
wasn't for the BCS. How much exposure have they gotten because of it?
They're probably still cashing checks from their win over Oklahoma.
The Big Three--Boise State, TCU and Utah--are all moving to new
conferences because of the BCS. Do you think they'd be going anywhere
if it wasn't for the exposure and success they've had thanks to the BCS?
As much as I would like to see a small playoff, I still fail to see
where the BCS is holding non-AQs back. They're making more money than
they ever have before. They're getting more exposure than ever. They
have their own networks and cable deals, and all since the advent of
Playing for the BCS National Championship is extremely hard to do. Ask
anybody who's been there-and everybody who hasn't. It's nearly
impossible. Maybe we should turn this into a class-action lawsuit?
Do you deem a goal unfair if you
voluntarily set that goal and then fail reach it? The Utah attorney general apparently does.
While we're tangentially on the topic of Boise State, new San Diego
State head coach Rocky Long spoke during a MWC spring teleconference
and said that Boise State should get rid of its blue turf because it's unfair.
"I think they ought to get rid of that blue turf. I think it's
unfair," said Long, the former New Mexico coach who is in his first
season as the Aztecs' head coach.
When asked to expand, Long said, "it takes the visiting team a quarter or two to get used to that different field."
Long said players "track the ball differently" on the blue turf,
particularly since Boise State traditionally wears all-blue uniforms on
the blue turf.
Long was the head coach at New Mexico in 1999 when Boise State defeated the Lobos 20-9 at Bronco Stadium.
Boise State installed the blue turf in 1986. The Broncos are 69-2 at
home since 2000, the highest home winning percentage in the country.
Boise State went 40-0 at home in conference games during its 10-year WAC
They'll just have to figure out how to do that and still allow repeated classes of 27+ recruits.
It's pretty comical that the Houston Nutt Rule (the 28 limit) has been
around for exactly two recruiting classes and the SEC already has to go
back to the drawing board.
Either they realized that nobody buys it anymore, or they've decided
that they have to combat the coaches who are feverishly working in and
out of the loopholes like a frenzied Byzantine weaver.
Regardless, it's a move in the proper direction. It will be fun to
see the new ways in which certain coaches try to work around it.
Donate by Check :
1380 King Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43212
Help us bring you more Buckeye coverage. Donate to the-Ozone.
Click here to email this the-Ozone feature to a friend...or even a foe.
(c) 2010 The O-Zone, O-Zone Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, rebroadcast,rewritten, or redistributed.