Why This College Hoops Fan Hates the BCS (And College Basketball Reporters)

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Why This College Hoops Fan Hates the BCS (And College Basketball Reporters)
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By definition, the BCS was designed to give the top two teams in college football an opportunity to compete in the “National Championship Game.” I first learned this 10 years ago when the system was controversially put into place.

After years of controversy, the meaning of the BCS faded to the back of my mind, until a cold December day in 2008. The definition and meaning of the BCS was hotly debated that afternoon by my father and my brother-in-law (no names to protect the guilty!) in the middle of the Ohio State/Notre Dame basketball game.

Yes, a college football debate, while in the stands AT a college basketball game, in Lucas Oil (football) Stadium, in Indianapolis (a basketball town).

Next thing you know, fueled by his umpteenth beer, my brother-in-law stood and faced the Irish Fans and yelled, “FAT FOOTBALL COACH!” in reference to Charlie Weis. Because, apparently, that has everything to do with basketball and of course, the BCS.

This morning, I went to Wikipedia and also to the official BCS website. I wanted to know for sure of the absolute meaning of the term BCS.

Yes, it is meant to pair the two best teams for the championship. What about Utah? We won’t get into that debate.

Yes, for the most part it only includes the six major conferences. What, no MAC schools?

The BCS relies on computers too much. Say what!

I could go on and on.

The BCS has its support and its criticism. There will always be controversies. But that is not what makes me angry about the BCS. Oh no.

I have a far greater problem with the BCS.

What does BCS stand for? BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES. Bowl, as in Rose Bowl. Bowl, as in Fiesta Bowl. Orange Bowl. Sugar Bowl. Bowl as in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl! Bowl Championship Series as in FOOTBALL!

Why does BCS suddenly translate to basketball? I enjoy reading the columns of FOXSports.com Senior Writer Jeff Goodman. But when I heard him on the Steve Czaban Show this morning talking about how Western Kentucky knocked off a BCS team in Illinois, I lost a little respect.

If Digger Phelps tells me again that Memphis isn’t a No. 1 seed because they don’t play in a BCS conference, I will puke.

Do me a solid—Google “BCS and Basketball.” See what comes up. The BCS may have been created to stir up controversy in college football, but the thought of that sort of evil infiltrating MY basketball makes me cringe.

Does this make sense? Is it too difficult to report accurately on the sport of your so-called expertise? The last time I checked, the NCAA and BCS did not want a playoff—so please, keep your stinking BCS out of my Bracketology reports.

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