BCS BS Is in Its Final Season: Why We Should Thank Kirk Herbstreit

Crawford JonesContributor IIJuly 31, 2012

Quarterbacks like Kellen Moore wish Herbstreit would have gotten his way much sooner.
Quarterbacks like Kellen Moore wish Herbstreit would have gotten his way much sooner.Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Let the people rejoice. Let the angel chorus sing hallelujah. College football has adopted a playoff.

The most hotly debated college football topic has been put to rest; the BCS is no more. Even that stupid acronym, which has long been synonymous with disappointment, is flickering to an unceremonious end.

The streets should be filled with people of all races, weeping and hugging. This should be a replay of the Vancouver riots. Only more joyful.

Kirk Herbstreit should be prancing through meadows with the excitement of a child on Christmas. He has staunchly fought the BCS and even planned out his road to a national championship.

Herbstreit has vehemently talked about the BCS, even while working at ESPN, who is closely tied to the BCS.

But in the six months after what may be the last BCS national title game, the FBS commissioners have switched their stances faster than a Green party candidate and 180’ed into a four-team playoff.

Sure, the nay-sayers don’t want to see a four-team playoff expand into an eight-team playoff, into a 16-team playoff and then to who knows what. Purists, which is an oxymoron in the BCS, don’t want college football to turn into the March Madness, expanding the playoffs into a ridiculous 68-team field.

But we will let future sports writers deal with that. I’m sure they will be much more apt anyway. For now, we’ll party like we just beat the incumbent in a Cuban election.


Hell, why wouldn’t we? The little guy has been heard. We complained and someone actually listened. It’s like our mom was running the BCS. Or whatever you want to call it now.

While it is nice to be heard, I don’t know why we should feel the least bit shocked. The two semifinal games will rotate between the four (former) BCS bowls and the national championship will go to the highest-bidding city. Come on, you had to know that this wasn’t just because we asked for it; they had their incentives, too. Actually, 400 to 500 million incentives, annually.

But don’t let that one cloud ruin today. After years of the talk, the 99 percent has been heard.

And we didn’t even have to Occupy Herbstreit!