A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
The BCS Has Created Another Monster
CALIFORNIA — The most prestigious award in the NCAA sports has become a political football and is now tainted. At the end of the college football season, the Most Valuable Player is awarded The Heisman Trophy.
This year’s trophy was awarded to Oklahoma sophomore quarterback, Sam Bradford. However, it appears that President Myles Brand has lost control of the colleges, universities, alumni and sponsors.
The 2008 Heisman Trophy vote and the final decision fortifies the belief that the BCS controls the NCAA football programs, not Mr. Brand. As usual, writers from all over the country voted for the outstanding football athlete of the year.
There could have been three winners and it was evident that there was gerrymandering in the selection of the winner. This was so unfair to the other Heisman candidates.
If I had the privilege of voting, my choice would have been quarterback Tim Tebow, a junior from the University of Florida. Tebwo took his team on his back and carried them to the National Championship Game.
Bradford had the help of the University of Oklahoma defense in guiding them to the National Championship Game. This year, the Sooners’ QB won the trophy under controversy.
While Tebow is from the SEC, Bradford is from the Big 12 Conference.
Does this make a difference? You betcha!! It is obvious that the Bowl Championship Series now controls everything in Division-IA football.
What a shame!!
A rift and division is surfacing between conferences and this year’s Heisman Trophy Award is a product of that BCS conference rift. Now the Big 12 and the SEC dislike each other.
Both conferences have battled for the mythical National Title a few times and now both conferences think that it is their right to compete for the Sears Cup.
Unfortunately, other viable conferences are excluded from the championship game. Tebow had more first place votes than Bradford, yet, he did not win.
154 writers left Tebow completely off their ballots. Could these writers have done this on purpose to guarantee Bradford’s victory? With most of the writers from the Southwest Region, how could this happen?
Did they not view any of the Gators football games? With CBS-TV broadcasting SEC games weekly, was it possible that they missed this star quarterback?
Comcast Sports Network broadcasts most Big 12 games. The two conferences received the media attention needed to make an unbiased decision in the Heisman voting.
Many writers from the Southwest Region left Tebow off of their ballots to retaliate or get even with the BCS and the SEC. Writers from this regions are still upset at the way the BCS excluded two other Big 12 conference teams — Texas and Texas Tech.
They were not given an opportunity to play for the National Championship. This is so unfair and a disgrace. It will happen again without a playoff system but that is another issue for another time.
There is also the issue of the absence of an African American player nominee for this year’s trophy. The question may be, ‘Should there be an African American nominee every year’?
With 55 to 70 percent of the current players in Division-IA Football being African American, it does merit consideration.
Quarterback Brian Johnson, a senior at the University of Utah, led his team to an undefeated season in the Mountain West Conference, and receiver Michael Crabtree from Texas Tech, should have been given serious consideration as candidates for the Heisman Trophy.
The BCS has now promoted it’s political tentacles into the voting of the best player in college football.
WHEN WILL THIS END?