Boise State: A White House Invitation That Shouldn't Be Sent

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IJanuary 21, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04:  Titus Young #4 of the Boise State Broncos runs after a catch against Jason Teague #27 of the TCU Horned Frogs during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 4, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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A dangerous precedent could be set with the mailing of an invitation from the White House and President Obama. Though I have the utmost respect for Boise State and what they’ve been able to accomplish, the national respect they’ve garnered over the past few years should be enough—at least for now.

A debate has been going on about whether or not an invitation should be sent to Boise State University and apparently, for no other reason other than to spite the BCS.

While I’m a fan of another Western Athletic Conference team, Fresno State, having Boise State show up at the White House at the same time as BCS National Champion Alabama would not only be dangerous, but also disrespectful.

Boise State has definitely made a name for themselves by knocking off teams like Oklahoma and Oregon, but there comes a time when it’s appropriate to step aside to the best team in the country this season.

The Crimson Tide went through the season undefeated and capped it off by knocking off the Texas Longhorns to become the rightful national champion. They were the most dominant team this season and they deserve to have the national spotlight to themselves and to get the recognition that has come to every champion in almost every sport.

While there are problems with the BCS and although there are plenty of college football fans who believe that there should be a playoff system put in place, this is not a political issue. The President and his administration have enough to deal with without making a moment that is usually a tremendous honor for these student-athletes, into a very awkward and uncomfortable one.

The Broncos are, without question, one of the best small conference schools. However, using them as a statement against the BCS is not what Boise State wants to be remembered for. The Broncos need to make their statement on the field, not in the political realm.

The best deserve their moment. The Alabama Crimson Tide proved to be the best team in college football this season and the day belongs to them.