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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who dat?

May 23rd, 2010
4:22 pm

“and yet it only took me an afternoon to do it.”

I looked for books authored by pat sulley on amazon yet……there are no books written by pat sulley.

Wonder why that is?

who dat?

May 23rd, 2010
4:23 pm

“bored…no one wants to talk about God?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:5-7

pat sulley's dad

May 23rd, 2010
4:24 pm

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
Greetings and doxology
4John,
To the seven churches in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits[a] before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
7Look, he is coming with the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.

8″I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
One like a Son of Man
9I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

12I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,”[b]dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

17When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

19″Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 20The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels[c] of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Genesis 1

May 23rd, 2010
4:25 pm

Genesis 1
The Beginning
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

2 Now the earth was [a] formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, [b] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

yeah what the heck ever!

May 23rd, 2010
4:36 pm

no one cares

yeah what the heck ever!

May 23rd, 2010
4:37 pm

who dat…..you quoted a verse from a book written 350 years AFTER christ was supposedly alive….hardly a reliable source.

yeah what the heck ever! aka pat sulley

May 23rd, 2010
4:44 pm

Genesis 1
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Once it is proven to our God-given ability to reason that the Bible is strictly a man-made collection of mythology the mind loses yet another shackle of “revelation” and is soon on its way to full freedom and progress.
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The Bible was not handed to mankind by God, nor was it dictated to human stenographers by God. It has nothing to do with God. In actuality, the Bible was VOTED to be the word of God by a group of men during the 4th century.
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the Roman Emperor Constantine (who
was the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity) needed a single canon to be agreed upon by the Christian leaders to help him unify the remains of the Roman Empire.
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Until this time the various Christian leaders could not decide which books would be considered “holy” and thus “the word of God” and which ones would be excluded and not considered the word of God.

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Using this “book” as proof of your God is meaningless

yeah what the heck ever! aka pat sulley

May 23rd, 2010
4:46 pm

Constantine used what motivates many to action – MONEY! He offered the various Church leaders money to agree upon a single canon that would be used by all Christians as the word of God.
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The Church leaders gathered together at the Council of Nicaea and voted the “word of God” into existence.

yeah what the heck ever! aka pat sulley

May 23rd, 2010
4:49 pm

the Council of Nicaea marks the definite entry upon the stage of human affairs of the Christian Church and of Christianity as it is generally understood in the world to-day.
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It marks the exact definition of Christian teaching by the Nicene creed.”
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Constantine ordered and financed 50 parchment copies of the new “holy
scriptures.”
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It seems with the financial element added to the picture, the Church
fathers were able to overcome their differences and finally agree which “holy” books would stay and which would go. Bridery started this holy book it seems. LOL Yes clearly holy and clearly reliable.

yeah what the heck ever! aka pat sulley

May 23rd, 2010
5:01 pm

The study of theology,
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as it stands in the Christian churches,
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is the study of nothing;
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it is founded on nothing;
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it rests on no principles;
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it proceeds by no authorities;
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it has no data;
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it can demonstrate nothing;
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and it admits of no conclusion.
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Not anything can be studied as a science, without our being in possession of the principles upon which it is founded;
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and as this is not the case with Christian theology, it is therefore the study of nothing.

yeah what the heck ever! aka pat sulley

May 23rd, 2010
5:06 pm

to continue your argument using a book bought and paid for by a pagan ruler as your ONLY reference of truth carries ZERO CREDIBILITY.

yeah what the heck ever! aka pat sulley

May 23rd, 2010
5:10 pm

OOPS..I did make one mistake…the vote took place at the council of Trent not Nicea.

yeah what the heck ever! aka pat sulley

May 23rd, 2010
5:12 pm

So it seems the real approving editor of the Bible was not God but Constantine!
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Therefore, one can easily argue that the first Christian Bible was commissioned, paid for, inspected and approved by a pagan emperor for church use.
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Yes definately the “word of God”.

yeah what the heck ever! aka pat sulley

May 23rd, 2010
5:21 pm

We can know God only through His works not by the bible where the individual books are always controverted and the authenticity of which is disproved.
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We cannot have a conception of any one attribute but by following some principle that leads to it.
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We have only a confused idea of His power, if we have not the means of comprehending something of its immensity.
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We can have no idea of His wisdom, but by knowing the order and manner in which it acts.
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The principles of science (not sticking ones head in the sand reading non sense) lead to this knowledge; for the Creator of man is the Creator of science, and it is through that medium that man can see God, as it were, face to face.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

May 23rd, 2010
6:32 pm

Obviously Lame Kitten is very good at spotting a sucker and taking advantage of his opportunities. That is a talent in itself if you don’t have a conscious. Some day he will be shot down and this may be the year.

Who Dat?

May 23rd, 2010
7:09 pm

Enter your comments here

Who Dat?

May 23rd, 2010
7:10 pm

“who dat…..you quoted a verse from a book written 350 years AFTER christ was supposedly alive….hardly a reliable source.”

Your opinion, ma’am. I’ve debated people with ten times the intelligence level as you have. If people like Dawkins, Hitchens and Maher can’t dispel Christianity, a little twit like you can’t.

I can’t seem to find any books written by pat sulley. Wonder why? LOL

pat sulley is a sad little girl who can't spell, let alone disprove the existence of God.

May 23rd, 2010
7:11 pm

:( = pat sulley

pat sulley's dad

May 23rd, 2010
7:13 pm

“to continue your argument using a book bought and paid for by a pagan ruler as your ONLY reference of truth carries ZERO CREDIBILITY.”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6

pat sulley's dad

May 23rd, 2010
7:13 pm

“OOPS..I did make one mistake”

OOPS..I am a mistake

FYT, ma’am

pat sulley's dad

May 23rd, 2010
7:15 pm

“no one cares”

Obviously you do, ma’am. You’ve spent two full days spewing hate and anger.

pat sulley's dad

May 23rd, 2010
7:16 pm

“Using this “book” as proof of your God is meaningless”

God is dead – Niche

Niche is dead – GOD

Keep on spewing hate, pat. God will be around long after you die.

pat sulley's dad

May 23rd, 2010
7:18 pm

Typo fix for my 7:16

It should read Nische.

pat sulley's must be a communist

May 23rd, 2010
7:20 pm

pat

Are you a communist? Also, if you don’t believe in an existence of God or morals, what is stopping you from going out and killing people? If you believe in evolution then you therefore have no sense of morals. You could go out and kill anyone at will.

I’ll look for you on the evening news.

Observor

May 23rd, 2010
9:44 pm

The worst thing that ever happened to this blog was when Patrick Sulley discovered it. Now this clown spends all hours of the days ranting and raving whether it be to defend Mark Richt or to debate religion. Get a life you azzclown of an idiot. The purpose of the blog is for people to make occasional comments and discuss college football and sometimes on Fridays to talk about anything. Its not for people to abuse by going off on a day long soapbox to voice their opinions for the simple fact that no one in that person’s life respects them enough to listen to their BS. You are singlehandedly ruining Tony’s wonderful football blog.

[...] It’s a showdown: Congress vs. BCS. [...]

pat sulley

May 23rd, 2010
11:30 pm

observor….learn how to spell observer. twit
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I have read Nische….He is German…what do you expect

pat sulley

May 23rd, 2010
11:31 pm

and enlightening someone is not spewing hate..If you bother to read I am pointing you away from a false prophet…you should thank me.

pat sulley's must be a communist

May 23rd, 2010
11:35 pm

“and enlightening someone is not spewing hate..If you bother to read I am pointing you away from a false prophet…you should thank me.”

pat sulley is a demon.

pat sulley's must be a communist

May 23rd, 2010
11:36 pm

“I have read Nische….He is German…what do you expect”

Just what I expected. You’re a communist idiot who can’t spell.

Paddy

May 24th, 2010
8:26 am

Pat Sully….your are not old school! You are NO school!

Paddy

May 24th, 2010
8:39 am

Jeff and Leroy…I must disagree. I don’t like either Alabama or Saben. But they did the correct thing by scheduling Georgia State. With that one game, Ga St can pay many bills and upgrade thier young program to be more competitive in Div I-AA. Plus he did a favor for an old time friend in Curry. Can’t see much wrong in that fine gesture. It is not like it is going to be a home and home situation or ever repeated in the near future.

pat sulley

May 24th, 2010
9:06 pm

“pat sulley must be a communist”
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Name calling is a cognitive bias and a technique to promote propaganda. Propagandists use the name-calling technique to incite fears and arouse prejudices with the intent that invoked fear based on fearmongering tactics will encourage those that read, see or hear propaganda to construct a negative opinion about a person, group, or set of beliefs or ideas that the propagandist would wish the recipients to denounce”
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Lets stick to debates not name calling

ObjectiveOrville

May 25th, 2010
1:05 pm

The SEC should keep scheduling Boise St. to remind the nation of rank. Remember when national champion-hopeful BSU played UGA? Heisman-hopeful candidate Zabranski (spelling?) was powerless. He was pulled at halftime…38-0.

BSU is 0-4 against the SEC.

Having said that, BSU became a DIV-1 program in 1996. They will get better. Their willingness to take on tough OOC opponents is good. They can not help the fact that they are a 14-year-old program. The WAC was the best conference they could achieve. Hopefully they will be absorbed by a larger conference soon. They are certainly better than some of the bottom-feeders in these AQ conferences.

As far as the BCS goes, it must be dissolved. All DIV-1 schools in the NCAA may be part of a committee, but their powers must be checked. There IS a way to get money out of the play-offs. The prestigious Bowl Games will be ended – finally.

Sam

June 1st, 2010
4:30 pm

Tony, everyone knows you’re a SEC BCS homer, but the system is fundimentally unfair.
Lest people forget, the BCS AQ system is made up mostly of TAXPAYER supported schools. This means, as long as Congress is paying funds to the universities from the treasury, they have oversight.
Now, if the BCS AQ universities want to take their ball and go home, fine. It’ll just be without taxpayer funds. Then, you can be that semi-professional league you aspire to be.