Auburn Vs. Oregon: A BCS Sham Of a Game, Shame On The NCAA

Jim FolsomContributorDecember 23, 2010

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11:  Cam Newton, quarterback of the Auburn University Tigers, poses with the 2010 Heisman Memorial Trophy Award on December 11, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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So let me get this straight: AJ Green sells a jersey and gets a four game suspension? Terrelle Pryor and his buds sell some rings and get some free tattoos and get a five game suspension? Cecil Newton sells his son to the highest bidder and Cam Newton gets a Heisman Trophy and a BCS Championship?

How is that fair?

The NCAA just proved to us that the rules take a back seat to the BCS. How? Look at the Ohio State suspensions. The five games don't count until next year. That's right, you broke the rules. You're getting punished. Now go out there and play your butt off in the Sugar Bowl. Yeah we don't want to make the Sugar Bowl folks mad.

If they don't want to make the Sugar Bowl mad, what do you think they are doing about the BCS championship game? Don't forget, the NCAA ADMITTED that the Newtons sought money and therefore ruled Newton ineligible for the SEC championship game. Then mysteriously (or not so mysteriously) changed its mind a day later.

Do you think maybe they got an angry phone call or two from ESPN and Phoenix, AZ?

There could have been a BCS title game between two unbeaten teams that nobody is accusing of cheating to get there. Oregon and TCU could be meeting for the title. But who wants to watch that?

So instead we are getting a game that five years from now, after ALL the investigating has been done, won't even be in the record books. At least not if Auburn wins which we all know will happen. This is lunacy.

If there had been no back room deals and Cam's recruitment would have been on the up and up, this game would be between Oregon and Mississippi State. Newton admitted it. He said in his heart he wanted to play at MSU but his dad made him choose Auburn "because the money was too good."

So how are we supposed to take this game seriously? Is anyone excited about this game other than Oregon and Auburn fans doing there see no evil, hear no evil thing? I probably won't even watch this fiasco.

You people who think this is fair because the Auburn players who had nothing to do with this should not be punished, my question to you is what about the Mississippi State players? They're getting ready to play in the Gator Bowl thinking that had there been no cheating they would be in Arizona getting ready to play for a title.

What about Andrew Luck or LaMichael James? Would they have won the Heisman? We'll never know now will we?

But here we are, stuck watching a bogus BCS championship game after watching a bogus SEC Championship Game because the NCAA doesn't have the fortitude to stand up to ESPN.