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Sunday, March 13, 2011

BCS Defender: Selection Sunday

Imagine the tone of an article that described the quarters of the ten people who selected the BCS were sequestered in.  The article itself would be in the shape of a pitchfork and it would come to you already on fire.  But when describing the ten people that pick the NCAA tournament, it's all flattery and ass kissing.

So let's take a quick look at the BIOs of the ten people who get to decide the field for the NCAA tournament, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and with no accountability.

Moving back to the first link. Can you again imagine the outrage if we were told to accept that there is no bias, and that the committee member leaves the room when talking about their team begins, if we were dealing with the BCS instead of the Big Dance?  Some crazed SEC fan would track down the hotel and call in a bomb threat. But for basketball, it's all cool, we are all jealous, and completely buy into the fact that the person gets up and leaves the room!  I cry bullshit.  There's no way they leave the room.  None.

And look at the BIO's.  All of these people are active AD's or conference comissioners, and we expect there to be no bias.  Does Dan Beebe leave the room anytime a Big 12 team is mentioned? Can we get some recent retirees?  A ref, a coach, a former player, people with a little distance, yet who still have relevant experience with the game.   It gets better.  That site, Bracketology, with all the up to date and current information, still has last year's committee listed.  That's how much the Big Dance gets away with.  Wikipedia has an updated list.

So say what you will about the BCS.  But you have to admit that it's process is more open, more honest, and more accountable than the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.  Because if the BCS choose it's teams this way, someone important would end up getting shot. But for basketball it's ok to have 10 people behind closed doors and answerable to no one, pick the field. Complain about polls, complain about computers, but computer errors have been caught and corrected, and every coach has to answer for that last USA Today poll.  Do these 10 people ever have to answer even one tough question about their choices?  No, they don't even answer any questions.

And that is just the selection process.  I did not even talk about this asinine 68 team field.  They are giving an advantage to two 5 seeds to benefit ratings for a TV Network.  So two of the #1 seeds get to play a team that's already played a game, and two #5 seeds get the same treatment.  Please stop and think about that, and tell me that makes sense, never mind is anywhere near the word fair.  The questions are: if a #5 seed deserves an advantage that 15 teams better than it did not get? and if a #5 seed is a legit title contender?

Why do people hate the BCS want college football to adopt a system like this?  The BCS is not perfect, but it some very clear advantages to it.

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