Naturally, a man newly elected by the American people to become the President of the United States can sometimes delve into areas where he is neither welcomed nor really expected or respected for his involvement. When President-elect Barack Obama made some remarks about college football’s Bowl Championship Series (BCS), he was not enirely welcomed to the debate with open arms….
BCS power brokers responding to Barack Obama’s comments about a college football playoff largely criticized the president-elect on Monday.
By Dennis Dodd
Obama said on CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday night that he would “throw his weight around” in pursuing an eight-team playoff. Among the six power conferences, the commissioners of the ACC, Big 12 and SEC responded when contacted by CBSSports.com. The Pac-10’s Tom Hansen and Big East’s Mike Tranghese declined comment.
“I am extremely delighted that he is our president and excited that he is going to lead our nation,” Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said. “I am disappointed that there isn’t more full discussion before he comes to a conclusion on this. I would hope only that the leader of our country would take under full consideration all the aspects.
“The simple solution is easy to state. We’re not in charge of a professional league where we have the entertainment value to consider. That should be fully considered. This isn’t something you should make a rash decision about.”
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told the New York Times over the weekend: “I think it’s that time of year. Whether it’s the president-elect or college football coaches or fans debating it, the First Amendment is alive and well.”
“Certainly it’s an important issue for college football and colleges. Where does it stand in the list of challenges we have in America today? I would say it’s not very high.”
Obama’s comments have added weight not only because he is about to become leader of the free world. His vice president has been a strident BCS critic. Around the time the Senate Judiciary Committee convened hearings on the BCS in 2003 Joe Biden called the BCS system “rigged” and “un-American”.
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