Obama Administration Working To Fix... The BCS?

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IJanuary 30, 2010

On Wednesday night, President Obama presented his State of the Union Address, in which he spoke about the successes and struggles this country has faced in the last year. He also approached a number of issues that he wants the government to work on in the coming 12 months.

It appears that one subject the administration will work on this year was left on the cutting room floor.

On Friday, the Associated Press released a story that outlines a letter sent to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). In the letter, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich indicates that the Justice Department is reviewing Hatch's request to open an investigation into whether the Bowl Championship Series, used to determine college football's national champion, violates antitrust laws.

"The administration shares your belief that the current lack of a college football national championship playoff with respect to the highest division of college football...raises important questions affecting millions of fans, colleges and universities, players and other interested parties." says the letter.

In his address on Wednesday, President Obama reminded his fellow lawmakers that their elected positions should be taken seriously.

"By the time I'm finished speaking tonight, more Americans will have lost their health insurance. Millions will lose it this year. Our deficit will grow. Premiums will go up. Co-pays will go up. Patients will be denied the care they need. Small business owners will continue to drop coverage altogether. I will not walk away from these Americans. And neither should the people in this chamber," urged Obama on Wednesday.

The NCAA has a fantastic commercial they run during the football and basketball seasons in which they show athletes transitioning into jobs as architects, doctors, and other various occupations. At the end, it says "every year, thousands of student-athletes go pro in something other than sports."

And yet, right now, one in every ten students, or their parents, is looking to stay pro in something...anything. Unemployment is still high, the economy is still shaky, and the problem of health care has not been fixed.

But we're going to spend tax dollars, and important people's time, to determine whether or not Boise St. got ripped off? Really?

According to the Department of Education's IPEDS database, there are 4,146 colleges and universities in the United States. There are 119 schools that compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly called Division I-A. So if the Federal Government is going to investigate financial equality for those 119 schools, who's standing up for the other 4,027?

There are enough issues with colleges right now, some of which Obama touched on during his speech. Among those problems is not who wins a crystal ball in early January.

Please Mr. President, put our money to work on everything you spoke about on Wednesday, and let college football handle their own problems.

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