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BCS chief: System works

January 8, 2010

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— The new BCS executive director officially began his tenure Thursday by saying the often-criticized postseason represents a consensus among the 120 schools that play major college football.

Bill Hancock said a playoff at college football’s highest level would lead to more injuries, conflict with final exams, kill the bowl system and diminish the importance of the regular season.

“I know this is not completely popular, but I believe in it,” Hancock told reporters Thursday at the Football Writers Association of America awards breakfast. “I believe it is in the best interest of the universities. College football has never been better, and I believe the BCS is part of that.”

Hancock, a longtime administrator in college athletics, was hired by the conference commissioners in November to be a full-time point person for the Bowl Championship Series. During the first 12 years of the BCS, the position of coordinator rotated among conference commissioners on a two-year basis. Hancock now assumes those duties.

The Bowl Championship Series was implemented in 1998 to match the two top-ranked teams in major college football at the end of the season and help create matchups for the four other marquee bowl games — the Fiesta, Sugar, Orange and Rose. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Texas played in the BCS national championship Thursday night at the Rose Bowl.

Hancock said the fact that other lower levels of college football use playoffs to decide their champions doesn’t mean it would work in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The second-tier of Division I football, the Championship Subdivision, has a 16-team playoff.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Leach wants speedy trial

Lubbock, Texas — Attorneys for fired coach Mike Leach want to take Texas Tech to trial in the next six weeks. The coach’s legal team filed court documents Thursday asking a state judge to allow them to depose adminstrators and others in about two weeks. One of those they want to question is Adam James, the player whose injury ultimately led to Leach’s dismissal last month.

NFL

Browns keep Mangini

Cleveland — Eric Mangini will return for a second season as coach of the Cleveland Browns.

New team president Mike Holmgren decided Thursday to retain Mangini, whose job security was in jeopardy after the Browns started 1-11. But the team regrouped and finished with a four-game winning streak, Cleveland’s longest since 1994, to help save Mangini. Team spokesman Neal Gulkis said Mangini’s staff will return as well.

League executive dies

New York — Tim Davey, the NFL’s director of football operations, has died. He was 58. Davey was an employee of the New York Jets and the NFL for a total of 33 years. He died on Wednesday.

Burress request denied

New York — Plaxico Burress is not getting out of prison just yet.

The work-release application for the ex-Giants star was denied by the New York Department of Correctional Services because of the nature of his crime. Burress pleaded guilty in August to attempted criminal possession of a weapon for having a loaded handgun in a nightclub that went off and shot him in the leg.

GOLF

Glover leads in Hawaii

Kapalua, Hawaii — U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover returned to Kapalua and had another miserable start to the first rouqqqqqqqqnd of a new PGA Tour season. The difference Thursday was how he finished.

Glover recovered from a double bogey on his opening hole by going 9-under par over a nine-hole stretch in the middle of his round. He finished it off with a tap-in birdie for a 7-under 66 on Thursday and a one-shot lead in the season-opening SBS Championship.

Nathan Green of Australia and Martin Laird of Scotland, among seven players making their debuts at Kapalua, joined Dustin Johnson and Nick Watson at 67. British Open champion Stewart Cink and Masters champion Angel Cabrera were among those at 68.

BASEBALL

Royals sign pitcher

Kansas City, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a $7 million, five-year contract with Cuban left-hander Noel Arguelles. Arguelles, who turns 20 on Jan. 20, defected with Boston Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Edmonton, Alberta. He likely will start in the lower minors to work on command of his fastball, which is in the low-90 mph range.

A solid 6-foot-4, Arguelles pitched for the La Habana Vaqueros in the Cuban National Series and was the winning pitcher in the gold medal game of the Pan American Junior Championships in 2007.

Holliday deal finalized

St. Louis — Matt Holliday and the St. Louis Cardinals have finalized their $120 million, seven-year contract. The sides reached a preliminary agreement Tuesday that was subject to a physical, and they held a news conference Thursday.

Dealt to the Cardinals from Oakland in July, Holliday hit .353 with 13 homers and 55 RBIs in 63 games for St. Louis. Holliday, who turns 30 on Jan. 15, helped propel the team to the NL Central title while batting cleanup behind NL MVP Albert Pujols.

Bonds’ son charged

Redwood City, Calif. — San Mateo County prosecutors have charged Barry Bonds’ son with five misdemeanors after he allegedly threw a doorknob at his mother. Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Thursday that 20-year-old Nikolai Bonds faces charges of battery, false imprisonment, vandalism, making threats to an officer and obstructing an officer.

Mariners add Kotchman

Seattle — The Mariners have finalized the trade with the Boston Red Sox that brings first baseman Casey Kotchman to Seattle for outfielder Bill Hall and a player to be named.

A’s, Cust reach deal

Oakland, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics agreed to a $2.65 million, one-year contract Thursday to bring back Jack Cust, giving the team some much-needed power in the middle of the order. Cust is likely to be the club’s primary designated hitter this season.

Comments

anon1958 4 years, 7 months ago

The amazing thing is that Bill Hancock probably believes there is a chance that people will buy into his propaganda.

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brian1981 4 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, let's get rid of college basketball's March Madness to avoid more injuries, conflicts with final exams, killing the NIT and diminishing the importance of the regular season.

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Jock Navels 4 years, 7 months ago

before the bcs:, and before the bcs induced big 12, texas plays georgia tech in the cotton bowl and alabama plays iowa in the sugar bowl and they both win and so who's the champ? now we know. an 8 team single elimination tournament would be no more precise in selecting a national champ than the present system,,,and 8 would soon become 16, and the season would have little meaning other than jockeying for a playoff position. i can name 8 teams that have won the ncaa tournament that weren't the best team that year...just the luckiest at the end...KU in 88 for example. the players can enjoy a week in a bowl city, collect their 500 bucks worth of gear, play the game and go home...34 teams go home happy...a playoff is a grind.

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Jeff Kilgore 4 years, 7 months ago

jock, get real. You play the game to determine the championship and anyone who says that the champion isn't the champion ought to have his head examined. Playing, not voting, is what a tournament is about. Coulda, woulda, shoulda--no room for any of it. When KU won in 88, they were the best team during the tournament. And that is all that matters. They improved through the year.

This year's team that gets jobbed is Boise State. A few years ago is was undefeated Auburn. The BCS works alll right--for the fat old corporate types. The fans and players, they're the losers every blankin' year. I don't care what computer and what voter does what.

If you think that Boise couldn't beat Bama, look at the 21-0 score Utah hung on the Tide in the first quarter last year.

If Chaminade can beat #1 Virginia and Ralph Sampson, then Boise has a place in the championships and they'll never get it because the fat old men have it their way.

If basketball were run this stupidly, we wouldn't even have the phrase, March Madness. It would be March Mediocrity. That's what the BCS is--mediocre. At best.

Remember the LSU 2-loss championship. That's another pile of utter horsebleep. If I want to smell horsebleep, I go to my barn. When I want to watch a championship decided, I need a tournament. Who's with me? Everybody who loves football more than a Vatican type vote. Yeah, Alabama is probably the best team in football. But we'll never really know. And that is what s#cks.

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brian1981 4 years, 7 months ago

Comparing arguments over who should be the 65th team in a national tournament vs. which two teams should be "voted" on to play a single game is completely bunk; another garbage excuse by the BCS.

Let's not forget that in college football almost all your games are played inside your own conference, giving very little to accurately compare to other teams outside your conference. There is very little statistical connection, compared to basketball with its 15 out of conference games per team. The alleged strength of schedule that supposedly drives the BCS crap becomes a self-serving argument.

So even with a much greater sample size, the pollsters get basketball wrong. In a BCS world of voting for national finalists, KU basketball would not have even been chosen to play for the 2008 NCAA title, and instead we would have gotten UCLA and North Carolina, two teams who got utterly sodomized by the real national finalists.

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rgh 4 years, 7 months ago

What the AD's and Presidents need to do is simply vote for a playoff then give a year or two to come up with the system. It can work but those in the large conferences and large schools like KU, Misery, K-State, Texas, Bama, USC, Florida, etc. simply do not want others to even have a chance!

They would have to cut their regular season back to 10 or 11 games as a start, but it can be done as shown in every single other sport. Even the college world series which goes well into June messes with finals, graduations, etc., etc. which the BCS chief says conflicts in football. That's simply an excuse.

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Jock Navels 4 years, 7 months ago

high school teams have a playoff and a state champ and are home by thanksgiving in most states...and play 14 games to win a championship...div 1 ncaa could do the same thing. here's an idea....at the close of spring practice schools notify the ncaa whether or not they want to compete for the national championship. those who do are put into 8 pools for games of pool play, then the 8 pool champs have a playoff. the teams that choose not to compete, they play 12 games, then the ones that finish at least 6-6 get to go to a post-season game. boise state has a legitimate claim to the national championship trophy, for sure. jkilgore...discuss the topic without ad hominem attacks if you please.

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