Sen. Hatch Asks Obama To Invite Boise State and Alabama To White House

D. WalkerAnalyst IJanuary 14, 2010

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has asked President Barack Obama to invite the Boise State University football team to the White House if the President is going to invite Alabama's Crimson Tide team.

During the campaign for the presidency, Obama had said he favored a football playoff system to determine the national championship instead of the current BCS Bowl Championship Series.

Hatch said in his letter, "Mr. President, in November 2008, while you were the President-elect, you were quoted as saying that, with regard to college football that 'we should be creating a playoff system' and that you 'planned on throwing your weight around a bit.'"

Hatch went on to say, "In my view, inviting both these great football teams to the White House would be one particularly effective way of doing that. Furthermore, should you only invite Alabama you would add legitimacy and credibility to a system we both believe to be flawed."

“We should be creating a playoff system,” Obama said on 60 Minutes in November of 2008. “I don’t know any serious fan of college football who has disagreed with me on this. So, I’m going to throw my weight around a little bit. I think it’s the right thing to do.”

The traditional ceremony is usually held in the White House Rose Garden. It generally takes about five to 10 minutes of the President's valuable time to greet the championship team.

During the ceremony it is common to have the team's captain and coach present the President with the team's jersey.

Alabama defeated Texas in the BCS Championship game to complete an undefeated season.

Boise State beat TCU in the Fiesta Bowl to finish undefeated for the third time in the last five years.

Sen. Hatch, Utah's senior senator, has in recent years been very vocal about Congress taking action against the present BCS system in favor of a playoff for NCAA Division I football.

While Hatch's proposal to the President has the support of many in non-BCS conferences, it is thought to be an unfair request by BCS member schools.

Should President Obama agree with Sen. Hatch and invite the Broncos to join Alabama in a Rose Garden ceremony, it may prove to be a politically prudent move.

Idaho, a predominately Republican state, voted overwhelmingly for John McCain in the 2008 presidential race.

Many feel the President would look good in the bright blue jersey of Boise State while others think the only jersey he should wear is Alabama's crimson color.

He may end up wearing both school colors.