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House Subcommittee to Hold BCS Hearing this Friday

Category: BCS vs Playoffs, Featured News

From Sportsline:
“The political football that is the Bowl Championship Series lands in Congress this week as lawmakers examine whether the system for awarding a national championship is fair.

BCS coordinator John Swofford is among the witnesses invited to Friday’s hearing.

Several lawmakers are pushing bills on the BCS. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, for example, has sponsored legislation that would prevent the NCAA from calling a college football game a “national championship” unless it results from a playoff system.

Barton is the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Friday’s hearing will be held in that committee’s commerce, trade and consumer protection subcommittee.

President Barack Obama has said he would prefer an eight-team playoff system.”

One thing here: the NCAA already has a National Championship for football. The winner of the FCS Division playoffs gets that title. The winner of the FBS Division (via the BCS bowls) is called the “BCS Champion”.

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  • Anonymous

    I hope Barton asks Swofford where oil comes from.

  • And from Dennis Dodd:Friday’s BCS hearings will be chaired by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush. It’s not clear if Rush has an agenda regarding this issue. It seems that everyone else gathering in D.C. certainly does.

    “Fellow Energy and Commerce Subcommittee member Joe Barton of Texas is a ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Barton proposed a bill late last year that would keep the BCS from calling a “national championship game” unless it was part of a playoff. Barton’s agenda, obviously, is supporting Texas which lost that confusing tiebreaker in the Big 12 and essentially eliminated from the national title game.”


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