Orrin Hatch Makes Last Stand Against the BCS

Jeremy@jeremymaussSenior Writer IJuly 1, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Brandon Spikes #51 of the Florida Gators holds up the winning trophy after the FedEx BCS National Championship Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

This topic does not seem to go away. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Senate Judiciary Committee's top Republican, is taking one last crack at the BCS with his claims that they are violating anti-trust laws. The new BCS television contract goes into effect July 7, so Hatch and his boys will have this week to meet with Congress again. Not sure what will be different than last month's meeting, besides hopefully having more people in attendance.


Another question is, who will show up from the BCS and who will show up for Hatch? Since the BCS players are not taking these attacks too seriously, who knows who will show up?


Hatch really seems to be the only politician to be really passionate about this topic, because Utah Attorney General Mark Shirtleff is no where to be found on this issue, ever since he spearheaded against the BCS, right after the Utah Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. Instead, he held questionable fundraising luncheons where he said it was to help raise money to fight the BCS, but in reality it will be money used for his future run at the Utah Senate in 2010.


Hatch had the same passion against the BCS in 2003, but this fight for change will accomplish nothing with the new contract with ESPN, that is set to be finalized on July 7 and go into effect for the 2011 BCS bowl games. This fight will rage on when another non-BCS team goes undefeated and wants at legitimate chance to play for the title.


All the honks from the ''Big Six" leagues can say all the excuses of "play our schedule week in and week out." They are right. The teams outside the six BCS leagues do not play the same schedule and the same can be said for the the auto leagues.


That is the reason for equal access to the title game, though. Now, I am not suggesting to let any undefeated team from a non-BCS league in the title game, but make a system **cough** playoff **cough** that allows teams outside of the six BCS leagues and those ranked outside of the top two a chance to get to the title game.


George Mason had a chance to make it to the Final Four and they were a bubble team that made it to the NCAA hoops tournament. What about Davidson with Steph Curry that made the Elite Eight in 2007? Or, to bring it back to Utah, the Utes made it to the national title game in 1998.


Currently in college football, there is no story like these that were truly Cinderella stories, but perhaps if Hatch and others of his kind bring enough pressure change may happen. For now the system is status quo and all the non-BCS schools can do is to keep making BCS bowl games and winning.