One of the biggest sports stories of the year and possibly the last decade happened today. The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Presidential Oversight Commitee signed the documents that will remove the BCS System and put a 4 team tournament in its place. It was the most hotly debated and demanded topic in the history of college football. Even the President of the United States weighed in with his opinion on the subject.
The BCS lasted for 14 years and was created to settle the controversy created by the bowl system that was formerly in place. The previous system would have team play their final games of the season in bowl games that a lot of the times did not help their case for being #1 and National Champions. The BCS was supposed to bring order by having the top 2 ranked teams battle it out to crown a National Champion. It however created a lot of controversy instead. There have been many teams over the years that have gone undefeated and still were out of the championship game. There was also a lot of corruption with the BCS Executives taking advantage of the system and wrongly using money to fund parties and put in their wallets. So the BCS can die a horrible death and rot as far as most football fans are concerned.
Up until now football was the only NCAA sport that did not have a tournament to crown it champion. In fact the NCAA has not endorsed one single BCS champion as being their champion.
The 4 team tournament system will start in 2014. That means that we will have two more BCS years but essentially the BCS is dead after that. The fans of college football all breathed a sigh of relief today knowing that the end of a horrible system is soon to be gone.
The new tournament will be a breath of fresh air for college football. I do however feel that the tournament should expand to at least 8 teams but hey you have to crawl before you walk. At least they are giving it a go. The tournament will mean more excitement and drama not only during the final games but during the season when teams will be fighting to get in. Sure, there will still be some controversy about some teams not getting in but at least you will have a semifinal and a final to let the teams battle it out. The way college football is set up with so many teams and many great ones will mean that only the best teams will play for the National Championship.
For decades the college football scene has needed a tournament and the fans have been demanding it. For a very long time it appeared that we would never see a tournament in college football. Now everyone can sleep easy knowing that the light is at the end of the tunnel.