It’s time to be honest about the BCS

 

Today at 2:30 p.m. a Senate Judiciary subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled: “The Bowl Championship Series: Is it Fair and in Compliance with Antitrust Law?”

 Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah),  you’ll  be shocked to hear, believes that the 12-0 (which later became 13-0) team from Utah was denied the opportunity to play for the national championship by the BCS system, which picks two teams to play for the title after the regular season. In a Sports Illustrated story last week, Hatch called the BCS “biased” and claimed that it “probably” violates antitrust laws.

This is the second time this year representatives of college athletics have been hauled before Congress for a dog and pony show to score cheap political points with the folks back home. Earlier it was Rep. Joe Barton of Texas (sense a trend here?), who called the BCS “communist.”

 

Here is the problem I have with this entire exercise. If you want to have four-team, eight-team or 16-team playoff to decide college football’s national championship, then let’s have that argument. I, for one, would like to see a four-team playoff where the teams are seeded 1-4. And if the Rose Bowl is willing to play ball (and that’s a big IF), there is a possibility that gets done when the new BCS contract begins in the 2014 season.

 

What I don’t like is that in criticizing the BCS, and there is a lot to legitimately criticize, those who want change show that they have not done their homework. In the interest of creating a memorable sound bite or quote, the critics show an incredible amount of intellectual dishonesty, or total lack of knowledge, about what the BCS is and is not and what it has done and hasn’t done for post-season college football.

 

Again, I’m not a blind supporter of the BCS. There is change that I want. But here are a few facts:

 

Fact: Utah was not DENIED a chance to play for the BCS national championship. Utah had as much a chance to play for the BCS title as any other school. But 175 people voted in the Harris Interactive and coaches polls, two of the three components in the BCS formula. The 114 people in the Harris poll voted Utah seventh. The 61 coaches in the USA Today poll also voted Utah seventh and no coach—NONE—voted Utah higher than No. 5. Of the 114 people who voted in the Harris Poll only five voted Utah No. 5 or better.

Fact: Even the coaches in Utah’s league, the Mountain West, did not step up for the Utes when it counted. Joe Glenn of Wyoming had Utah at No. 5. Rocky Long of New Mexico and Gary Patterson of TCU had them at No. 7. Kyle Whittingham, Utah’s own coach, had his team at No. 5.

So where was all the love for Utah BEFORE they played Alabama in the Sugar Bowl? The fact is that while Utah deserved to win because the Utes flat outplayed the Crimson Tide (who didn’t want to be there), it wasn’t until AFTER the Sugar Bowl that Utah became this incredible juggernaut which should have been given the chance to play for it all.

 

Fact: For all of the flaws of the BCS, the fact is that it has provided bowl opportunities that the supposedly aggrieved schools had never had in the past. How many times had Utah played in the Sugar Bowl before the BCS? How many times had Hawaii played in the Sugar Bowl before the BCS? How many times had Boise State played in a New Year’s Day bowl before the BCS? If you answered zero to all three questions you’d be right. “The fact of the matter is that the BCS has given access to those conference that they never had before,” said former SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer, considered to be the godfather of the BCS. “Look at the history of the major bowls. They had almost never invited one of those teams before the BCS.”

 

Fact: The original BCS agreement that was put together back in 1998 never would have happened unless the champions of those six “equity” conferences (ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-10) had been promised automatic slots.

“Those conferences already had automatic bowl bids. We (in the SEC) had a long standing agreement with the Sugar Bowl,” said Kramer. “There is no way that those conferences were going to give that up without a guaranteed slot. And remember that we were working with four bowls and those were the conferences they were used to dealing with.”

The fact is that the free marketplace determined that those six conferences would get automatic bids and there were at-large spots made available to teams that could play their way in. Maybe you believe that market forces have no place in college athletics, but that is how it happened. It wasn’t a conspiracy to keep the other teams out. It was the only way to get the deal done.

 

Fact: While the six equity conferences do get an automatic bid and the $18 million payday that comes with it, the five Coalition Conferences (Conference USA, MAC, WAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) have placed a team in the BCS in four of the past five seasons. Those five conferences get an automatic $9.5 million for participating and another $9.5 million when they place a team in a BCS game. So over the past five seasons the BCS has pumped about $80 million into those five Coalition conferences.

 That’s a lot of money that did not even exist before the advent of the BCS. Should the Coalition Conferences get more? Yes, and I believe they will. I also believe that in the future the conferences will be able to get more than one team in the BCS if they have two teams in the Top 10.

All of this leads us to a final fact about the BCS:

Fact: The BCS does not violate antitrust law and this Senate committee knows it.  I’ve spoken to a number of top antitrust lawyers, including Tom Rhodes of Smith, Gambrell & Russell here in Atlanta. They all agreed that the BCS may not be popular with some college football fans but it does not violate the law—at least as the law is currently written and interpreted by the courts.

“The original agreement was put together by a group of antitrust lawyers and has been reviewed several times since,” said Kramer. “Now there are some political problems that the BCS must deal with but when it comes to the law, unless it gets interpreted in a totally different way, the BCS should be on solid ground.”

The fact of the matter is that whether or not you like the BCS, and a lot of folks don’t, it created something that didn’t exist before: A mechanism to match the No. 1 and the No. 2 team for the national championship. It also increased bowl revenues exponentially because it created something of value to the television networks. It also has access points for the teams in the Coalition Conferences. All they have to do is finish in the Top 12 of the final BCS standings.

Again, if you want a playoff, then let’s have that discussion. But bashing the BCS is like bashing the IRS. It’s easy. The fact is that with all of its flaws, it’s better than what we used to have. I remember Georgia Tech having to play in the Citrus Bowl in 1990 to win its national championship. I remember No. 2 Penn State not getting a shot at No. 1 Nebraska in 1994. I remember No. 2 Texas not getting a shot at No. 1 Nebraska in 1983.

The system is going to change because the marketplace is going to eventually demand it, not because Congress is going to push to make its constituents happy. And that’s a fact.

 

270 comments Add your comment

Otto

July 7th, 2009
10:32 am

Supersize, CWM will have a better defense they were all their injured last year. Enjoy your honeymoon with the CPJ.

Atlanta Gator

July 7th, 2009
10:32 am

“Follow the Money”—-Of course it’s about the money. Just like the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and every other NCAA championship playoff. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Without the television revenue generated there would be no NCAA tournament and no bowl games. Other NCAA sports generate some revenue, but nothing compared to the revenue generated by football and men’s basketball. Without the television revenue from football and basketball, most other college sports would not exist.

Now, can the money also have a corrosive effect? Sure, absolutely. That’s why some schools are willing to sell their souls for better recruits. Sad, but true. And the existing vested money interests are also loosely aligned against a playoff beyond the current BCS. Why? Primarily because the Pac-10 and Big Ten are AFRAID of losing their big-money Rose Bowl deal, and other conferences are afraid of losing their bowl tie-in revenue. On the other hand, the networks are waiving REALLY BIG MONEY for some form of playoff, and that’s why it will eventually happen.

Read my comment above regarding a 4-team, post-bowl playoff that includes the winners from the 4 major New Year’s Day bowls. It’s not my idea, but it’s a good compromise, and may protect enough of the existing money interests to actually get an playoff approved by the BCS conferences and their university presidents.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 7th, 2009
10:36 am

Otto, the “injuries excuse” is getting old. You had no more injuries than Tech did. Face it, you fell apart in the 3rd quarter and you never recovered. AND you got outcoached, just like you did against Bama and UF. Look for more of the same this year, except of course you don’t play the Tide this year. Maybe the LSU team that smashed Tech will take over nicely from Bama.

Gator Growl

July 7th, 2009
10:36 am

Let the BCS evolve, as surely it will. The only thing I ask is…let’s not become like the NFL (boooorrring!).

Atlanta Gator

July 7th, 2009
10:39 am

gatorman770—-Agreed. Having the federal government get involved in directly regulating NCAA sports or imposing any form of college football playoff is CRAZY TALK. The NCAA and BCS are far from perfect, but anyone who thinks that the federal government can and will fix college football for the better needs to understand how 45 years of federal welfare programs have destroyed lower-income families in America and led to unaffordable healthcare. Too often the problems that the federal government seeks to fix were created or made worse by a previous government program.

Less government, fewer laws, more freedom. Read your Constitution, people.

Come on Tony

July 7th, 2009
10:40 am

To diminish Utah’s victory by saying Bama did not want to be there is what grips my ___ about SEC rednecks such as yourself Tony.

The Bama I graduated from relished Bowl games. The fact is, FL beat Bama, Utah destroyed Bama. The two combined showed Bama was not the team the polls said they were.

Otto

July 7th, 2009
10:42 am

Supersize the top 2 DL were out for the season and if it were not for that 3rd Qtr meltdown UGA would have still won. It was well documented UGA had more injuries than most D1. Further the Injuries excuse is just as old your babble as they both started at the same time.

UGA will return to BCS bowls and GT will return to mid pack in mediocre conf. I’m just glad that I only have to put up with you GT fans for a relatively short period of time in my life.

pensacola dawg

July 7th, 2009
10:45 am

Newsflash! Required new program at tech. Ghetto survival 101!

Pitbull

July 7th, 2009
10:46 am

The season is already too long for STUDENT athletes with 12 games, possibly a conference championship game and a bowl game. That’s 14 games right there without a playoff.

These kids should be students first with academics placed before athletics and public entertainment.

I liked the 10 game seasons of 30 years ago with an end of season conference winner and a scramble for who would play whom in what bowl game. Of course it was controversial and folks argued about who was better and who never got to play each other, but that was part of the fun of being a college football fan.

Now we are trying to organize the hell out of it just like over the top parents have organized the fun out of little league baseball with games that start at 9:45 on a school night just to get the games in for the standings. It’s not about the kids’ fun anymore.

Some people can suck the fun out of anything.

Let’s can the BCS. Let the bowls invite whom they want and let people who do not like it bitch their ignorant narrow minded little pinheads off.

So who won the 1990 national championship, Georgia Tech or Nebraska? Depends on who you ask. Does it really matter in 2009 with North Korea firing long range weapons across the Pacific and Iran trying to get the bomb? No. But 1990 is still fun to argue about when an old time Tech or Nebraska fan gets teased about it in passing. And that is the fun (or WAS the fun) of college football that has been lost.

coachdawg 2000

July 7th, 2009
10:48 am

supersize-
when will you have my computer ready to pick up at best buy? You are here representing the geek squad, right.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 7th, 2009
10:48 am

Dream on, Otto. I am sorry for your short, sad life.

IF IF IF. If a bullfrog had wings, he wouldn’t bust his ass as much.

Otto

July 7th, 2009
10:49 am

Where did I say IF?

GT, where nerds get shot and robbed everyday

July 7th, 2009
10:50 am

Does anyone think that maybe the teams from the big conferences with automatic bids are just BETTER teams? Yes Utah won in a fluke game that Bama didn’t show up for. Let’s not make it a rallying cry to squash the BCS tho. Utah ended up where they should have. The BCS worked and nobody will admit it.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 7th, 2009
10:51 am

coachdawg, I have it just like you ordered. With a desktop background picture of Roddy Jones running down the field with nobody near him. And it plays the Ramblin’ Wreck song everytime you boot it up. There’s nothing like a satisfied customer.

State of Denial

July 7th, 2009
10:52 am

Otto:

Point well taken…”It would seem CFB is thriving under the new system.”

I would emphasize that it only “seems…”

College Football IS suffering, because THE FANS are suffering, financially & economically.

Sponsors & advertisers pay the TV networks. TV networks pay the schools/conferences. ALL…of the mney, comes from…THE FANS.

How many advertisers want to pay the same or more money to TV networks, when even the advertisers can see that the fans…ARENT SPENDING MONEY. How many Ohio State or Michigan fans will have the money(or even a job) by which to afford to buy from the advertisers? Fewer and fewer by the day.

The creation of the Big 10 Network is a sign of economic desparation. Coaching salaries will moderate and start “drifting” lower. Call me a heretic, but I frankly dont beleive that new SEC contract will stand for long. A “re-negotiation” will happen in 2-3 years.

With California (the 7th largest economy…in the world!) facing a complete financial meltdown, how long before that impacts Pac 10 schools like UCLA, Stanford, Cal?

Supersize that order, mutt

July 7th, 2009
10:54 am

Otto, don’t you bother to read what you type? I quote: “… the top 2 DL were out for the season and IF it were not for that 3rd Qtr meltdown UGA would have still won.” Besides your whole post reads like nothing but one big IF. If you want an IF about Tech, then IF Jahi Word-Daniels had not been out with a season-ending injury, you would not have completed nearly so many passes against us.

Bama Aaron

July 7th, 2009
10:58 am

This article starts wrong and then gets worse from there. To start by saying Utah wasn’t denied because the human polls didn’t have them ranked high is damn funny. The human polls are a large part of this problem. Fact is most years unless you start the season ranked in the top 10 you have NO SHOT at #1. The jump that Bama made in the polls last year almost never happens. So any mid-level team like Utah starts the season at a HUGE disadvantage and then has to prove themselves to voters that don’t like to admit they were wrong. I freely admit the system is slightly better than what we had only because #1 & #2 do play. But Tony this system is still so flawed by bias your justification of it really lessens the credibility of your writing.

Denver Dog

July 7th, 2009
11:00 am

Supersize, GO CHEAT SOME MORE LOSER. Don’t hide behind your self. You are an egomanica with an inferiority complex. GO CHEAT SOME MORE LOSER. No, UGA does not have the most arrests, and Tech is still the only school in the State on probation, they are behind UGA and Ga Southern in academics, and in every thing else. If you would like to put some money up behind your statements do it, or shut up with your lies. You are just a half raised mama’s boy, living in your stepfathers basement.

Pascuel Perez

July 7th, 2009
11:01 am

buckblue is a fat, bitter barner with no personality.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 7th, 2009
11:02 am

Since the topic of this blog is supposed to be the BCS, I’ll just add my opinion here. I think the whole BCS system is screwed up, and we NEED a REAL playoff system. BUT, congress nor anybody else in DC needs to be messing with it. They have screwed up this country enough, and it looks like it’s getting worse every day. Let the fans decide what is best, and that includes making the TV networks and sponsors and conference heads (especially the Big 10) listen to the fans. Every fan poll I have seen sure seems to say that we want a playoff system. It’s past time to have one.

AMG

July 7th, 2009
11:05 am

The BCS is a corrupt money proposition that ESPN and other major powers are forcing on us. The deal here is very clear. The people calling the shots want controversy because it sells. Do not sit on your high horse and quote a bunch of non sense. The real deal is these people that “vote” might as well be voting in Iran. There vote counts about as much. There is now private voting, but not where it counts. ESPN still has some 37 people of 66 votes by my count. The whole system is one big marketing gimeck. Let people vote that are either college coaches with NO contracts to any other party than there school, unklike almost every major coach out there. And do away with the media getting a vote, they are just too hung up on there own power of manipulation to let them be trusted with something as infintile as voting who is the best two teams in College Football.

David

July 7th, 2009
11:06 am

There’s nothing preventing Utah from scheduling USC, UCLA, Arizona or Texas in a regular season matchup. If the 2nd tier conference teams want to play with the big boys, they should do so in the regular season. Then all could view their true worth.

AMG

July 7th, 2009
11:07 am

GT where nerds get shot and mugged every day . . . and still manage an education unlike anyone up at the watering hole called UGA

Supersize that order, mutt

July 7th, 2009
11:08 am

Denver Dog, Tech is not currently on probation. Where did you get that information? The recently announced violations did not merit any kind of probation. UGAG is the school with the history of severe violations, and UGAG DOES currently have either the 1st (with 34) or 2nd (with 30) arrests of all schools in the country. It was in the AJC last week, if you had taken the time to read past the slanted headline that UF has 24. Since Tech ranks as the 6th best engineering school in the US and one of the best in the world (latest US News report), for you to say that UGAG or Ga Southern have higher academic ratings simply shows your ignorance of the facts. Incidentally, I read where yet another Tech grad is going up in the next space shuttle. How many mutts have ever piloted or even flown in a space shuttle? And how many mutts have ever walked on the moon? I can answer that for you…..ZERO. Tech has one who walked on the moon and too many to remember who have either flown on or piloted the shuttle. But you go ahead and lie there and lick your butt, like a good dog, and every once in awhile come up and bay at the moon.

m

July 7th, 2009
11:08 am

If the sec is so superior to the other conferences, then why did they lose these games??

#1 preseason ugag lost at home to Tech

South Carolina lost to Clemson and Iowa

Tennessee lost to ??wyoming?? and ucla

Bowl bound Vanderbilt lost to Wake Forest and last place Duke

Mighty alabammmer lost to little ole Utah in the sugah bowle

Arkansas lost to Texas

auBARN lost to West Virginnny

Ole Miss was good enough to beat floridah in the swamp but couldn’t beat Wake Forest.

Miss St lost to Ga Tech and La Tech.

The sec went 6-6 with the ACC.

The sec is the ALL hype conference…all talk.

ThatGuy

July 7th, 2009
11:10 am

Otto- If it weren’t for a helmet-to-helmet against VT, GT may have won. If it weren’t for LSU having a month, GT may have won. If it weren’t for a bird crapping in a tree, GT may have won. See? We can all make stupid conclusions on what would or could have happened, but none of it matters except the final score. UGAy fans are such whiners. You lost- deal with it. Giving up 26 points in 1 quarter would have most teams losing. GT was missing its 2 top offensive lineman- does that negate your 2 DLs? Still doesn’t matter. Want to bring up facts that only support your argument? How’s this one- GT is 4 of 5 over UGAy with teams not coached by Chan Gailey.

Tide Rising

July 7th, 2009
11:11 am

A four team playoff or a plus one would solve everything. Let’s face it. We will never go to an 8 or 16 team playoff because it will either make the season too long or diminish the bowls. And presidents will never shorten the season by 1 game to accommodate a playoff system that only benefits 8 or 16 teams. It aint gonna happen so don’t waste your time even bringing it up.

In a 4 team playoff obviously a 5th team will whine about being left out but come on. There has to be a cutoff somewhere and in years past there were usually 1 or sometimes 2 teams that had a legit beef about being left out of the title game. I cannot remember ever a 5rd team being left out of a shot at the title with a legit argument but I can remember lots of 3rd and a few 4th party teams that had valid arguments to being in the title game.

Every one on here can think of 1 or 2 teams in any given year that had legitimate grievances about being left out of a title shot(Texas last year, UGA and USC in 07, Auburn in 04, Alabama every year) but who here can really remember a 5th team that really had a valid, legitimate beef about being left out of the title game?

Delusional Ranting

July 7th, 2009
11:14 am

denverdog said:

“Tech…they are behind UGA and Ga Southern in academics, and in every thing else.”

When denial is THAT deep, its time for a “pharmaceutical intervention.”

Get a grip.

Otto

July 7th, 2009
11:15 am

The Big 10 network was not desperation. If it was cable networks would not have put it on expanded cable. It was a revolutionary idea at the time. The SEC was debating the same but they signed the ESPN contract. In a way the Big 10 paved the way for big TV in CFB.

Yes the economy is down but all of sports are down. However, CFB is getting more coverage than just about any sport. CFB live is on ESPN during the week in the middle of the summer, no recruiting, no spring camps, just the middle of the offseason. Yet we’re still watching and sitting here debating. How many replies are the other bloggers getting talking about MLB or Baseball? Yet the AJC finds a way to get Tony on here even after budget cuts. CFB is very healthy and the media is making a fortune over us debating a playoff.

Yes I have a job and proofreading is far down on my priority list besides I finished my English comp core at GT just before I transferred out in good academic standing.

Trade School Junkie

July 7th, 2009
11:16 am

GT: Grads who Walk on the Moon
UGA: Grads who “moon-walk.”

Otto

July 7th, 2009
11:17 am

*MLB or College Baseball

Otto

July 7th, 2009
11:19 am

Trade School Junkie, Yes UGA students have women on campus to dance with.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 7th, 2009
11:23 am

And UGAG students also have sheep on campus to have sex with.

Trade School Junkie Loser

July 7th, 2009
11:24 am

GT: Grads who fail in life and marriage because they lack people skills

UGA: Grads who succeed in life and marriage because they have people skills

Gen Neyland

July 7th, 2009
11:25 am

PMC

July 7th, 2009
11:26 am

Tony I don’t really care honestly. I’m going to watch regardless.

What I want to see is a good loseable matchups every week. I want BCS teams playing BCS teams every week. No FBS action at all.

If the Rose Bowl will play ball I want to see the best possible matchups in Bowl games (especially the big 4) regardless of conference affiliation.

I just want to see the best college football teams playing each other… that’s all.

Color me curious

July 7th, 2009
11:28 am

What exactly does the second “G” in “UGAG” stand for?

PMC

July 7th, 2009
11:28 am

I also think Notre Dame should join the Big 10. It gives the Big 10 an opening in the Northeast markets and it makes Notre Dame much more relevant again…. not to mention creates a championship game which should improve the overall best team coming out of the Big 10.

The Grinch

July 7th, 2009
11:28 am

To m

You left out a couple of things.

SEC teams went 5 – 2 in their bowl games.

An SEC team won the NC for the third straight year.

And the ACC?? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Otto

July 7th, 2009
11:33 am

UGAG? I didn’t know Gainesville St. went by that. They may have sheep I don’t know.

Captain

July 7th, 2009
11:33 am

There will NEVER be a playoff UNTIL the Univ Presidents agree to it. You can blame the BCS, you can call for a playoff, you can point fingers at Ath Directors, Conferences, TV, on and on, but the group holding up a playoff are the Univ Presidents, they are on record as opposed. Dr Michael Adams, the most esteemed President of The Univ of Georgia, a man who claims to know most everything about collegiate athletics and who single handedly hired Jim Harrick, was opposed to a playoff until the 2007 season when the Dawgs got hot and were among the top 4 teams, if not top 2, teams in the nation. The President of my alma mater was suddenly a proponent of a playoff system. A transformation, a make over, Adams throwing himself into the middle of changing the BCS system. I prefer him in the middle of the BCS discussion calling for playoffs as opposed to hiring coaches given his track record.

My biggest problem with the current BCS system is the Bowl games. There should be some criteria for one of the BCS conference champions playing in a BCS Bowl. Over the past few years we’ve seen a weak ACC champion, be it FSU, Va Tech or Wake, playing in a major bowl while not being ranked in the Top 10. We saw a very ordinary Illinois team in the Rose playing S Cal when the nation wanted to see Georgia vs S Cal, a matchup which would have been the biggest TV draw of the Bowl season. This past bowl season we witnessed a real yawner with Cincinnati vs somebody from the ACC. The BCS system for Bowl allocation should be changed, the limit of 2 teams from any one conference to the BCS Bowl system should be eliminated. Fans want to see the best matchups, not conference tie-ins and allocation games. If a conference champion isn’t strong enough to be ranked a Top 10 team, they should not be in one of the premier bowl games.

While I am at it, the Big 10 (11) needs to add a team and have a conference championship, the Pac 10 add 2 teams, and the Big East shouldn’t be in the BCS formula. They were included when Miami, Va Tech and BC were members. Get with the program.

Congress has no business involving itself.

OaktownGator

July 7th, 2009
11:33 am

Tony – very well researched and written article. That is a pleasure to read in this day and age where most writers just throw stuff on the wall to see what sticks, without any research or analysis.

Thanks.

Tide Rising

July 7th, 2009
11:34 am

Grinch,

We actually went 6-2 and 7-2 the year before while the acc went a pitiful 4-5. m never lets the facts get in the way of his argument.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 7th, 2009
11:39 am

Color me curious, just read it as written — UGAG => You gag. Just like UGA => You gay. DUHH

Otto

July 7th, 2009
11:45 am

DUHH I think I heard that on “Saved by the Bell” back in the 90s. Were you Screech?

Woodee

July 7th, 2009
11:58 am

the fact that Div. II schools have a playoff should get the point across that there is a playoff in college football and that it should expand to Div I A. Coach PJ won 50 games in 4 years at GA So. 50! something that will never happen in I A as long as the current system is in place.

BruffDawg

July 7th, 2009
11:59 am

Great article. The BCS is not going anywhere. We all watch because it is like watching a train wreck. A four team playoff would be nice, but there are alot of bugs to work out. Auto Bids? Tiebreakers? What a mess. BCS is the best we have ever had so lets be happy with it for now. No undefeated team from a legit conference has ever gotten shafted (Auburn maybe but other two teams were undefeated as well). Win all your games and your there, or get into a better conference.

Georgia Tech Trivia

July 7th, 2009
12:00 pm

The commander of Apollo 16, John W. Young, graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1952. He was a Sigma Chi and a member of the ANAK Society.

He walked on the moon in 1972.

Maddog

July 7th, 2009
12:04 pm

Gee, I’m so impressed. The “you’re gay”, “no, you’re gay” nonsense has started again. What’s next, “my dad can whip your dad”, “cooties”, “noogies”?

The Grinch

July 7th, 2009
12:06 pm

to Georgia Tech Trivia (or should that be Georgia Tech Trivial?)

Wow, thanks for that riveting piece of information. Let’s see, the article is about the BCS. Oh I get it, if you were to get on a blog about Apollo Astronauts, you’d submit a post about the BCS, right? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! What a tool.