Pressure-packed regular season one of the benefits of BCS
My hair is graying, and I've got a disk in my back that looks at my golf bag and laughs. I've got a 10th-grader who's learning how to drive and a fifth-grader who wants to know when she's getting a cell phone. You want to talk aging?All of those symptoms are fixable (and the answer on the cell phone is still no). But when I sit and think about why I not only can live with the BCS but that I want to, I realize that the reason is simple maturity.
"I would like to see coaches not have a vote," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "We would have a panel like the one that chooses the 65 teams in basketball."That's what ails the BCS -- credibility. Every coach participating in the American Football Coaches Association poll has a vested interest. The Harris poll has some credible voters but not enough. As Brown said, "For someone to say, 'Mack, can you honestly vote without saying how it affects your team?' That's a hard thing to do." Basketball uses a panel of commissioners and athletic directors from around the country. Football could do the same if it could find administrators willing to take on the responsibility. The commissioners, the same ones who sometimes serve on the basketball committee, shirked that duty in football. The BCS officials need to continue to repair and restore the credibility the system fumbled away in its start-up years. If the fans believe in the method by which the top two teams are chosen, then the fans might, just might, lower the volume of their complaints. There are people who believe that a playoff is inevitable, that the need for money is so insatiable that it will overcome all the objections of presidents who don't want football to become a two-semester sport. We should all live so long. When that day comes, we will all embrace a playoff. If it's a full-blown playoff, we will say goodbye to the bowls, which will watch their check-writing sponsors flock to the playoffs quicker than you can say, "Coca-Cola, a BCS Corporate Champion." But don't tell me a playoff will be better. I'm not willing to trade the best regular season in sports for a magic beanstalk. Now, if you will excuse me, I have to take my daughter to the cell phone store. Ivan Maisel is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Send your questions and comments to Ivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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