12.09.09 8 years ago

Look, I was leading the cheers that the federal government had better things to do than deal with college football. And it does. But the NCAA and the BCS have really dug their own graves here, and we might look back at their denying Boise State and TCU of chances to play BCS-caliber teams as what finally brought Congress into legislating college football.

A House subcommittee approved legislation Wednesday aimed at forcing college football to switch to a playoff system to determine a national champion, over the objections of some lawmakers who said Congress had more pressing matters on its plate.

The bill, which faces long odds of becoming law, would ban the promotion of a postseason NCAA Division I football game as a national championship unless that title contest is the result of a playoff. –

So even if this bill passes, which it probably won’t, we could still be stuck with the bowls. But whatever–college football is as crooked as all hell right now: referees in BCS leagues are giving away calls to keep their teams undefeated, and the so-called “mid-majors” like Boise State and TCU can’t get any of the big boys to show up for a game. The “regular season as a playoff” analogy doesn’t ring as truly as it once did for those reasons. Something had to be done. And something was. Let’s hope that it’s the first step of many.

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