Editor's Note: By now you've probably heard the tremendous news that the BCS will disband in lieu of a four team playoff system, effective beginning in the 2014-15 season. Our own T-Rose, who exchanged correspondence over with BCS Director Hancock in January, chimed in on the long-anticipated change.
Dear Mr. Hancock,
I know we have had our differences, but I must commend you on your most recent adjustment to the BCS system. Adding a "plus-one" game is the first step to making college football's playoff system what it should be... exciting. After running my open letter to you,
Earlier today, you made it clear in your response what you thought:
The BCS has made the post-season better by guaranteeing a matchup of the top two teams that seldom occurred previously. We are proud of what it has done for the good of this game that we love.
What I tried to reason with you was that it's okay for sports not to have the two best teams face off for the title, in fact it's part of what makes sports great, the unpredictability. We cherish upsets, we gladly root for the underdogs, and we love a good playoff run that no one saw coming. It makes sports fun. I'm glad that you have begun to take a step in achieving some of that unpredictability in your playoff system. I truly look forward to watching the semifinals and title game this year, and i will be grinning with a "I told you so" smile if it's #4 vs #3 in the final game.
Although you have made a step in the right direction, I do want to kindly remind you that you must make sure the following stipulations come with this system:
1. You're not done expanding. Even if it takes another 10 years, we want eight teams, and possibly 16 teams. Make it happen.
2. ALL of the teams in the "plus one" format must have won their conference. No more crap like last year where Alabama hangs a banner yet didn't win their conference, or division for that matter. I don't care if two teams from the SEC are #1 and #2 in your system. Only the conference champ gets to be in the playoff. You cannot justify sending a second team from a conference rather than a team who won it's conference. It's just illogical. If you disagree, then you are in fact supporting my first point of expanding to more teams which would include wild-cards.
3. Students get tickets at an affordable rate... no exceptions. There's no way kids like this or this or my personal favorite, this should be watching from home because you want to hike ticket prices. Keep the most passionate part of college football alive, the fans, with the expansion of the playoff system.
Thanks again for giving us what we as fans truly deserve. I'll be here if you need help or more suggestions for the good of the sport... like getting Lou Holtz and Mark May off TV.
Best of luck and congratulations on the new system.