In hoops, the BCS bullies also reign
Part of my "real job" entails working with college and university presidents. Most days, these highly educated individuals can avoid shooting themselves in the foot.
Then there's Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee, whose staggeringly ignorant comments we've all heard by now.
"I don't know enough about the X's and O's of college football," is where Gee's pro-BCS rant should have ended.
Unfortunately, he went on to add, "I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it's like murderers' row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day.
"So I think until a university runs through that gauntlet that there's some reason to believe that they may not be the best teams to [be] in the big ballgame."
Take that, TCU Horned Frogs. And you, too, Boise State Broncos. Not to mention every other school that busts through and challenges "The Club" in a given season. You just don't belong, the esteemed Dr. Gee and others clearly believe.
What does this have to do with college basketball? Let me tell you: It's a very slippery slope to where the BCS schools exert similar dominance in our sport. We see it more and more each year in both overt and subtle ways.
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