by Kevin Smith
Boxscore News - Texas
November 24, 2010
"Even if TCU and Boise State run the table, they still don't deserve to be in the Bowl Championship Series title game," Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee said Wednesday.
One way or another, change is coming to the BCS. The hypocritical, arrogant, public comments by men like Gee, whose schools benefit the most from the current system, combined with continued quality of play and annual snubs to the likes of Texas Christian, Boise State, along with Utah, in recent years will eventually fuel enough public outrage and criticism that change will be implemented.
Under the specter of Congressional intervention for anti-trust violations, the BCS has conceded changes to its selection process though even they cannot defend the hypocrisy of a system highlighted by Gee's comments.
Gee's is not a benign statement. It goes to the heart of why we play sports. Why we crown a champion. Sport, in its simplest form is the celebration of excellence. It is the crowing of achievement founded on a fair play wherein everyone is given an equal opportunity to compete. It is America, and the World at its best. It is the belief that if one truly works hard enough, and has the talent, they can be rewarded. From the Little Leagues to the Professional Leagues, we celebrate the achievements of our children, our friends, and our heros. IT IS WHY WE PLAY THE GAME! It is rooted in "fairness" and "equality." That is why Gee's comments are typical of an absolute elitist powerbroker seemingly out of place with the principles for which we play. His is a mentality commonplace among the BCS conference administrators along with the networks such as ESPN that benefit financially in a symbiotic relationship of promoting and perpetuating the so-called BCS superiority myth while contractually entering into lucrative agreements with very same organizations they promote. It is a rigged system that fuels academic institutions such as Ohio State along with, and most importantly, the bottom-line. It is a seemingly 'good-ole boys' network designed to maintain a monopoly while depriving outside groups of a fair field of play. This is not what American sports should be, though sadly, it is what is has become.
BCS proponents must have cringed hearing Gee's further comments all-the-while searching to find an image of Gee on the Internet to determine just how small his feet are or just how big his mouth is. Said Gee, "I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president that it's like murderer's row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day." It is a statement seemingly straight out of Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, Chapter 3, when the Dodo exclaimed, 'Everyone has won, and all must receive prizes.' 'But who is to give the prizes?' quite a chorus of voices asked. "Very fine schools on any given day" no doubt.