We posed the question last week: "Should the feds mess with the BCS?" The results are in, and an overwhelming majority say yes.
As of this morning, 63 percent of those who responded say the Justice Department should question the NCAA about a lack of a playoff in college football. Late last week, the NCAA confirmed it received the inquiry from the Justice Department. Somebody else weighed in late last week on the issue as well: San Diego State president Stephen L. Weber, whose school is a member of the non-automatic qualifying conferences that do not get an equal share of BCS prize money.
“In a recent statement, BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock said the government has more important things to do than to focus on whether or not the BCS is fair and equitable for all universities and student athletes across the country," Weber said in a statement. "It was the type of self-serving statement we’ve come to expect from the BCS cartel.
“Now, more than ever, with budgets for public higher education being threatened with drastic cuts, it is imperative that the monies being generated by Division I college football are distributed in an equitable way. Clearly the best thing for the ‘haves’ of college football is to keep the ‘have nots’ out of their pot of money. But for the student-athletes who compete on the field, the current system is an injustice. And for the hundreds of universities outside of those six conferences, it prevents them from serving their students at the highest levels.
“I applaud the Department of Justice for looking into this unfair system and I look forward to the day when all Division 1 football programs can play on the same, level field.”
I made a similar point in my initial post about the growing disparity between the haves and have nots in college football. But as I also noted, it is going to take more presidents like Weber to take a stand when it really counts and push for something better than the system as it is currently configured.