Keep Politicians Out of College Football

Michael OleszekAnalyst INovember 17, 2008

"Eight teams. That would be three rounds to determine a national champion. It would add three extra weeks to the season. You could trim back on the regular season. I don't know any serious fan of college football who has disagreed with me on this." 


"If you've got a bunch of teams who play throughout the season, and many of them have one loss or two losses, there's no clear decisive winner. We should be creating a playoff system." 

President-elect Barack Obama on the BCS


Those quotes, taken from the first interview since the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, deals with his view of the BCS and the lack of a college football playoff in the Football Bowl Subdivision. 


I agree with him on the need for a playoff in college football, or at the very least a change to the current BCS system, and I am fully aware that Senator Obama hasn't even been sworn in as President yet, but I feel that he is way out of bounds on this issue. 


I consider myself to be one of the 'serious college football fans' President-elect Obama referred to during the 60 Minutes interview. 


As both an American citizen and a college football fan, there is a separation of the two, and the two are not be interchanged with one another.


Frankly, the United States of America has bigger problems for the Obama Administration to fix than the BCS. The credit crisis, mortgage crisis, gas crisis, bank bailouts, auto industry bailouts, health care, taxes, unemployment, the war in Iraq, and cleaning up the previous administration's mess should keep him busy longer than term limits allow.


The current BCS system has not been without controversy, and this year will be no exception. The amount of potential one-loss teams left at the end of the season could be staggering, and some of those teams will most definitely be shut out of the BCS.


It isn't particularly fair, but that is the system we have to live with, for now. 


The BCS needs to be fixed by the NCAA, the league commissioners, university presidents,  athletic directors, and NOT politicians.


Give us something better to debate about. 


If politicians want something to do with sportswhy don't they look into ESPN/ABC becoming a monopoly by buying the television rights to the BCS?


Or performance enhancing drugs?


There is plenty in this country that needs to be fixed, but not by Barack Obama.


The politics need to be kept out of college football.