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Letter: The NCAA needs to grow a backbone
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Letter: The NCAA needs to grow a backbone

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What do the NCAA and the Bowl Championship Series have in common? They are both in collusion with each other to keep certain teams and conferences out of the BCS because of where they play, such as the Mountain West and the Western Athletic Conference.

Those conferences have been shunned for years because the NCAA doesn't have a backbone to stand up and say those conferences and the teams in them are just as qualified to be there as any other team.

One of the major reasons for no specific bowl playoff picture is the way the bowl games are set up to invite certain conference teams to certain bowl games each year, such as the Rose, Orange, Sugar, Cotton bowls. In the end, it all boils down to money. This is where the NCAA has no backbone and just turns its head the other way, which is as bad as taking a payoff.

All of the other divisions have a great system set up for their playoffs (none involving bowl games), which in the end determines the winner in a fair manner n sometimes, not the team that is supposed to win, either.

What should be done in a case like this is, the NCAA steps in and lets the BCS schedule the playoffs like the other divisions except for the final eight teams who will play New Year's Day, two each in the Rose, Orange, Cotton and Sugar bowls. The remaining four teams will play the following weekend in the semifinals and that Sunday, the championship game for all the marbles. This weekend will be called Championship Weekend and it will be played in Indianapolis (home of the NCAA) in the Hooser Dome. This way the major bowls will still be recognized but the right teams will also be there.

Michael East, Missoula

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