BCS director Bill Hancock had to be sick. Hancock and the BCS are under constant attack from everyone pushing for a national playoff system in college football. I’ll give Hancock credit. He took immediate responsibility for the issue, saying that kind of snafu should never happen.
That’s the single best way to get the heat off your back quickly, to take responsibility for it. It’s harder to continue to hammer you for something you already admit you did wrong. It’s a lesson more people in society in should figure out. The bottom line is Hancock has a tough job defending a system that many fans are unhappy with. He does a pretty good job.
Now, I like the BCS bowls and the intriguing, fun matchups they provide, but I’d also like to see a playoff system implemented. I don’t buy the argument that student athletes would miss too much class time. The playoffs would largely take place over the holiday break when athletes are not in class. Plus, that argument loses weight when nobody seems to care about missed class time for athletes during March Madness.
A college football playoff system would not have to do away with the bowl system. We need the Las Vegas Bowl, the Liberty Bowl, the Capital One Bowl and the Sun Bowl. We need those games so we can get our fill of football over the holidays.
Some make the argument that too many schools with records hovering around .500 get invited to bowls. My thought is, if there are bowls that want to invite 6-6 teams and people that want to watch those teams in bowls, then where’s the crime in hosting the bowl? We’ve got much bigger problems in our society to solve than wasting worry and energy on a potentially watered-down bowl perception.
Here in northern Nevada, Wolf Pack fans are all giddy about their team knocking off fourth-ranked Boise State two weeks ago and getting an invite to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco.
That’s all fine and dandy, but there should be a part of Wolf Pack fans that is pretty fired up. When you go 12-1, beat the fourth-ranked team in the country, which was undefeated at the time, win your league, drill a perennial bowl-qualifying Pac-10 team, and the best bowl option you get is to play a 7-5 Boston College team three hours from your home in a baseball stadium, that’s a problem.
Ooooh, how exciting for Nevada players. They get to travel down the I-80 corridor to San Francisco and hang out for a few days. I’m sure they’ve never done that before.
There have been critics spouting off recently that Nevada’s upcoming transition to the Mountain West Conference has become more of a lateral move with the league losing Utah, BYU and TCU. Without question, the move loses some of its luster but UNLV, New Mexico and San Diego State, all future MWC foes, are all better athletic programs than New Mexico State, San Jose State and Louisiana Tech, current WAC members.
It is still a good move and it will be a better league than the WAC. The MWC currently has five bowl tie ins compared to the WAC’s four. Now, those tie-ins may not be much better than the WAC’s right now, but it is safe to say that the future of the MWC and its ability to improve its standing is much better than a WAC without Boise State and Fresno State.
Hopefully, Nevada will trounce Boston College, improve its name brand and get some bowl representatives, from more prestigious bowls around the country, thinking ‘that Wolf Pack program might be one we need to take a more serious look at in the future.’
Dan Eckles is the Sparks Tribune’s sports editor. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.