10 Questions with John Swofford
3. Congressional Help
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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RCS:  As you mentioned before there have been previous Congressional hearings about the BCS.  In fact, a couple months ago, you testified in similar hearings held in the House of Representative's Energy and Commerce Committee and said that you welcomed Congressional input.

In this discussion about the future of the BCS, in what ways can congressional input be helpful?

Commissioner Swofford:  We’ll have to see whether it’s helpful or not.  The commissioners have traditionally been open to input in terms of improving the system.  You’re talking about institutions that have a great deal invested in college football.  Ultimately they want what is best for football within an educational framework.

As I pointed out earlier, the current system has provided the opportunity for match-ups that far exceeds the opportunities that existed before the BCS came into play.  If you asked any of the people involved in the BCS from the beginning, we would probably all say that the BCS brand has developed into something bigger than any of us would have imagined.

It has met its objectives.  It has not always been about controversy.  During the 11-year period, college football has flourished.  The sport has always been very popular, and now it’s more popular than ever.  The presidents, the athletic directors, and the commissioners decided to stay with the BCS for the next four years because it serves the game overall. The regular season has been enhanced to the point that it’s the best regular season in all of sports.

10 Questions with Commissioner Swofford

‹‹ 2. Political Pandering 4. Financial Reasons for BCS ››

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