Congress vs. the BCS. What’s next?

It’s another Fantastic Friday and once more the floor is open to you. No subject is off limits as long as it’s clean. Here are five reasonably interesting topics to get our conversation going:

1. Congress  vs. the BCS. What’s next? Bill Hancock, the BCS Executive Director, sent a letter yesterday responding to inquiries from senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Max Baucus (D-Montana) about the way the BCS determines its champion and distributes the money, which will be about $125 million per year in the next four-year cycle.

Hancock was polite and answered all questions. But basically he told the Senators that they had more important things to worry about: “While I appreciate your interest, I believe that decisions about college football should be made by university presidents, athletics directors, coaches and conference commissioners rather than by members of Congress.”

Zing.

Hatch, upset when undefeated Utah did not get a shot at the 2008 national championship (while No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 2 Florida did), fired back with a statement released from his office: “Today, the BCS simply confirmed what most fans of college football have known for some time, that the BCS system is biased, secretive, and harmful to schools and competitors.

“No one wants to see Congress get involved here, including me. But if this response is any indication, there may not be any other option.”

Another Zing.

Now remember what I told you earlier in the week. The more and more outside forces like Congress push, the more and more the big conferences may decide to give up on any kind of post-season structure after the next four-year cycle.

The smart people I know who are handicapping this thing tell me that if expansion comes, the odds are better that the conferences will go back to the traditional bowl structure (Big Ten, Pac-10 in the Rose, SEC in the Sugar, ACC in the Orange, etc.) than forming any kind of playoff.

It is going to be an interesting summer.

 

2. Lane Kiffin is making $4 million at USC. Seriously? Seriously. Nothing really surprises me anymore but when HBO and ESPN reported that Kiffin, who has won exactly seven games as a college head coach during a cup of coffee at Tennessee, would be making $4 million at USC that surprised me. A couple of things in play here: USC was obviously in no mood to fool around last January when Pete Carroll bolted for the Seattle Seahawks. AD Mike Garrett needed somebody who knew how the program works and would say yes if the number on the table was big enough. Also remember that agent Jimmy Sexton (see Nick Saban, Houston Nutt) is one of the best when it comes to convincing a school that his guy is the one they need and this is the number that it will take to get him. Sexton sold USC on the future. The guy is good.

 

3. Assistant coaches deserve every penny they get:  Remember back in the summer of 2008 when the SEC did its $3 billion TV deal with CBS and ESPN? I told you at the time that a lot of that new money would be spent to hire and retain the best coaches for this league. It is no coincidence that a bunch of coordinators in the SEC have now cashed in.

David Jones of Florida Today points out that a year ago only two SEC assistants were making more than $500,000. Since then Alabama DC Kirby Smart has had his pay doubled to $700,000. Georgia had to pony up and pay Todd Grantham $750,000 to get him away from the Dallas Cowboys. More than one school came after South Carolina DC Ellis Johnson and he got his salary doubled to $700,000. Auburn OC Gus Malzahn got bumped up to $500,000. Derek Dooley had to pay Justin Wilcox $600,000 to leave Boise State and become the new DC and Tennessee. And so it goes.

The money is there and the agents who represent these coaches know it. And what do you do if you’re an athletics director like South Carolina’s Eric Hyman? His business sense tells him he can’t pay $700,000 for an assistant football coach but if Steve Spurrier says he has to have Johnson running his defense (and he does), what are you going to do? You’re going to pay it.

 

4. You gotta give Boise State credit. They play people: The Broncos have 21 of 22 starters coming back from a 14-0 team. They will travel all the way across the country to open the season on Sept. 6 against Virginia Tech in Landover, Md. On Sept. 25 they will host Oregon State, which will be in a lot of preseason Top 25s. Next season Chris Peterson and his gang will open the season at Ole Miss. Boise State was told a while back that in order to get into the national championship discussion it would have to go on the road and beat people that are supposed to be better than them. Rather than complain about a perceived injustice as a program in a league without an automatic qualifier, Boise rolled up their sleeves and improved the schedule. Same goes for TCU, which went on the road and beat Virginia and Clemson last season.

 

5. Please say a prayer for the Beamer family: Cheryl Beamer, the wife of Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer, was seriously injured in a fall at their second home at Lake Oconee. According to media reports, Cheryl Beamer fell when she was carrying one of her grandchildren and tripped over a family pet and could not break her fall.  She was rushed to Athens Regional Hospital where she had pins inserted in both legs. She also suffered six broken ribs and a broken collarbone. Virginia Tech Sports Information Dave Smith told the Raleigh News & Observer that the child was not seriously injured.

Frank Beamer, set to enter his 23d season at Virginia Tech, suffered a fall two weeks ago getting off a plane in Roanoke. He’ll need surgery this summer to repair a torn tendon in his right bicep.

 

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385 comments Add your comment

Grammar police

May 22nd, 2010
5:50 pm

“versioon”

What is a versioon, pat?

Herschel Walker never won a national championship

May 22nd, 2010
5:51 pm

UGAY is a third rate football program.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
5:55 pm

Or u coul lear to read…… I already said I was using a doid keypad

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
5:58 pm

Driving and blogging with a droid…..I am im/pressed my spelling is this good

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May 22nd, 2010
5:59 pm

“Or u coul lear to read…… I already said I was using a doid keypad”

????????????????????????

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:01 pm

I stooopid can’t reed right wrds wit mi brain is dumb i stuoopid…..

6 O'clock news

May 22nd, 2010
6:02 pm

“Driving and blogging with a droid”

I hope the cops see you and pull you over. I also hope that you go to prison for driving while stupid.

6 O'clock news

May 22nd, 2010
6:03 pm

“I am im/pressed my spelling is this good”

I’m surprised you haven’t killed anyone in your Pinto.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:04 pm

Or maybe u could remove one of ur ribs and make urself a wife

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:07 pm

Or maybe u could eat from the tree of knowldege and save me a bite

Delbert D.

May 22nd, 2010
6:07 pm

patrick, please call your doctor.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:07 pm

i is gay and cant spel werds cuz i is stoopid

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:08 pm

or maybe i cud git mi ged and quit mi job as a prostatute.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:09 pm

Or maybe u could go up to heaven in a chariot

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:10 pm

or maybee mi pet donkey wil marri mi i is smart and not dumb

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:10 pm

or maybe u cud by mi a new brain i am dumb

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:11 pm

i stoopid and not smart mi sister is my mom and i cant spell cuz i am stoopid

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:12 pm

Or maybe u could split the red sea

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:12 pm

mi droid fone is mi frend cuz i have no frends cuz i am not smart

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:13 pm

mi name is pat and i has no brain. i git my insults frum my teddy bear who talks dirty to mi.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:14 pm

or maybe u could hit me with your car cuz i is not smart

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:14 pm

Or maybe u. Could get snakes to tell u what to do

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:15 pm

or maybe u could help mi git my pet snake out of mi butt cuz mi teddy bear put the snake in mi butt

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:16 pm

uga is a dum team and i hate dem.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:16 pm

mark richt is da dumbest caoch in all of futball.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:17 pm

uga is da losingist team in all of the sec. florida is the bestest ever.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:17 pm

i luv urbin meyer cus he is better than nic sabin.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:18 pm

john rocker is da best pitcher ever cuz mexicans r evil

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:19 pm

i hate whiute people cuz they take land away from the eskimos in rusia

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:20 pm

Or maybe u could walk nekked in a garden with a woman and not realize ur

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
6:43 pm

or maybe u cud give me brain so i’z can be smart and not dum

Anti-alternative

May 22nd, 2010
6:52 pm

What a differnce a day makes! I come back to see if anyone has commented on my ideas about college football and it appears the blog has degraded overnight to the intellectual equivalent of two retarded toddlers slapping each other and screaming…

Tony, please stop leaving these blogs open over the weekend.

pat sulley needs to be banned from this blog

May 22nd, 2010
6:57 pm

PLEASE BAN PAT SULLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anti-alternative

May 22nd, 2010
7:02 pm

Censorship? You want to resort to that?!

How ’bout everybody just calm the crap down and discuss what we came to – college football!

Now I still think it’d be cool if the champion of a non-AQ league like the CUSA or MAC could be admitted for the next season into the nearest (by geography) AQ league like the ACC or Big Ten and the last place team in the AQ league moves down to the non-AQ league for a season. Scheduling would be tough, but what a thing to play for if you’re a Boise or Utah!

freedomdawg

May 22nd, 2010
7:02 pm

Congress should staty the hell out of football. It is one thing that “Obama” sticks his nose where it doesn’t belong, after all he’s the most invasive thing since cudzu, but Orrin Hatch of all preople, with constantly having to counter the “Obama Weed”, should learn from the rude example.
GO DAWGS

termigator

May 22nd, 2010
8:48 pm

Finally, the rest of you can see what a delusional moron Patrick Sulley is.

termigator

May 22nd, 2010
8:49 pm

Pat if you walked naked in the garden with your chihuahua people would recognize it.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
8:51 pm

Ok I am off the droid and maybe I can satisfactorily explain my view and to satisfy Delbert D (the moron that said winning games lead to a good season).
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1) JESUS DID NOT FULFILL THE MESSIANIC PROPHECIES

What is the Messiah supposed to accomplish? The Bible says that he will:
A. Build the Third Temple (Ezekiel 37:26-28).
B. Gather all Jews back to the Land of Israel (Isaiah 43:5-6).
C. Usher in an era of world peace, and end all hatred, oppression, suffering and disease. As it says: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall man learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4)
D. Spread universal knowledge of the God of Israel, which will unite humanity as one. As it says: “God will be King over all the world — on that day, God will be One and His Name will be One” (Zechariah 14:9).

The historical fact is that Jesus fulfilled none of these messianic prophecies.

Christians counter that Jesus will fulfill these in the Second Coming, but Jewish sources show that the Messiah will fulfill the prophecies outright, and no concept of a second coming exists.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
8:51 pm

2) JESUS DID NOT EMBODY THE PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS OF MESSIAH

A. MESSIAH AS PROPHET

Jesus was not a prophet. Prophecy can only exist in Israel when the land is inhabited by a majority of world Jewry. During the time of Ezra (circa 300 BCE), when the majority of Jews refused to move from Babylon to Israel, prophecy ended upon the death of the last prophets — Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.
Jesus appeared on the scene approximately 350 years after prophecy had ended.

B. DESCENDENT OF DAVID

The Messiah must be descended on his father’s side from King David (see Genesis 49:10 and Isaiah 11:1). According to the Christian claim that Jesus was the product of a virgin birth, he had no father — and thus could not have possibly fulfilled the messianic requirement of being descended on his father’s side from King David!

C. TORAH OBSERVANCE

The Messiah will lead the Jewish people to full Torah observance. The Torah states that all mitzvot remain binding forever, and anyone coming to change the Torah is immediately identified as a false prophet. (Deut. 13:1-4)
Throughout the New Testament, Jesus contradicts the Torah and states that its commandments are no longer applicable. (see John 1:45 and 9:16, Acts 3:22 and 7:37)

termigator

May 22nd, 2010
8:55 pm

Pat, I didn’t know you were jewish?

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
8:56 pm

beware the false prophet

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
8:56 pm

termigator
May 22nd, 2010
8:55 pm

Pat, I didn’t know you were jewish?
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I am not Jewish…not even close

Gen Neyland

May 22nd, 2010
8:56 pm

I think the real Pat Sulley has left the building…but Pat Sulley, if you do return, you are correct that Mr. CFB included asking us to offer up a prayer for Mrs. Beamer. Also Mr. CFB sometimes opens up his Friday blog to many different topics away from and including sports chatter. Please be advised : You’ve had your 15 minutes here. Let it go or try Zoloft, dude. Have a great Sunday and How about them Braves..?

Gen Neyland

May 22nd, 2010
8:57 pm

aaaarrrrrgggggg : IT’S ALIVE..!!!!!!

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
8:58 pm

I dont believe in any of the bible but use the bible to prove that what is in it is false and contradictory.
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Since Christians use parts of the old testament to claim Christ as the messiah I use the rest to show he is not. Has nothing to do with being Jewish

termigator

May 22nd, 2010
8:59 pm

What are you then my friend? Agnostic?

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
9:02 pm

termigator
May 22nd, 2010
8:59 pm

What are you then my friend? Agnostic?
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Agnostic no…………..

“Agnostic” on its own might suggest that I think God’s existence or non-existence equally likely. In fact, a strict agnostic considers God’s existence no more probable than the Tooth Fairy’s.

I kinda still have some doubts as to the definition of my higher power. I dont think of God as an conscious entity. I will always be searching for the truth and still do not know what that truth is. I kinda believe more that we, as a whole, make up my definition of God. The entire structure of the Universe but not as an individual that makes conscious decisions.
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But I more closely align with Deism

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
9:03 pm

If there is a God…he is busy with the running of the Universe and gave us the tools to succeed or fail on our own and then left us alone.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
9:05 pm

We all know religion is used for control.
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one of my favorite quotes……St. Gregory, 4th century Bishop of Nanianzus, wrote: “A little jargon is all that is necessary to impose on the people. The less they comprehend, the more they admire.”

termigator

May 22nd, 2010
9:08 pm

Brother, if we as Christians or Jews for that matter are wrong, then there will be nothing lost or gained. For you my brother, I hope you come to the proper understanding before you move on IF we as Christians are correct. It is based on faith afterall and heaven would be a pretty boring place without dudes like you. just sayin………..