12 Questions With Senator Orrin Hatch
7. BCS Commissioners and Congressional Input
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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RCS: As you mentioned, there were Committee Hearings in the House last month, and at them ACC Commissioner John Swofford, who is this year serving his rotation as BCS Commissioner, adamantly defended the BCS.

But he also said he welcomes Congressional input. Do you take him at his word that the BCS Commissioners really do welcome Congressional input?

Sen. Hatch: Well I hope so. I hope he means what he said. And if he does, he ought to at least pay attention to what we're doing here.

I don't relish being the skunk at the picnic here, but on the other hand I do kind of relish it because I think this truly is a prejudicial system.

It's not fair to about 50% of Division I schools; it's not fair from a prestige standpoint; it's not fair from a chance to play for the National Title; and it's not fair from a monetary standpoint. I mean you can go right down the list. I hope they'll change their ways at this next meeting, but the July 9th contract date doesn't seem to me to be very helpful.

These are not inconsiderate questions that we've raised. They're very important questions. As we in Utah know, the BCS system makes it virtually impossible for a team from one of the outside conferences to make into the so-called National Championship game.

12 Questions with Sen. Orrin Hatch

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