According to the head of the Bowl Championship Series – a.k.a. BCS, the Fiesta Bowl needs to, “Follow the letter of the law,” or it can kiss its status as a BCS bowl goodbye. Following the resignation of the man behind the Fiesta Bowl, Executive Director John Junker, which coincidentally came at the same time the Bowl was exposed for improper loans, hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions, of dollars in “excessive compensation, non-business and inappropriate expenditures and inappropriate gifts,” the BCS hopes this type of activity will never happen again. Too bad.
The Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowls are presently under the same crosshairs that exposed the Fiesta. Mathew Sanderson, co-founder of Playoff PAC, has requested under open-records laws the same type of information that exposed the useless greed surrounding the Fiesta Bowl, and doesn’t want the Arizona Bowl to merely be a scapegoat. Odds are against Playoff PAC toppling the Rose – “Granddaddy of ‘em All,” but it’s even money he can bring down the Sugar, Orange or both.
Why? Competition. BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock would’ve spewed the typical disgusting defense of Junker using Fiesta funds to pay for a wedding, or trips to strip clubs (ironic?), were it not for Jerry Jones and Cowboys stadium. That $1.2-billion, 100,000+ seat stadium is just too much for the BCS strumpets to ignore. Hancock and Company want a title game in Cowboys stadium as badly as Jerry Jones does, but it won’t end there.
The stadium in Miami (what are they calling it this week?) is currently unfit for the Super Bowl and with rumors that Orange Bowl folks act like Fiesta folks – or sailors on leave, that bowl is replaceable. What about the Sugar? The longtime home of the SEC champ has almost as many people supporting its fate as it does sketchy financial issues.
Atlanta has long wanted in to the BCS, but with Falcons owner Arthur Blank complaining about the Georgia Dome, Hot-lanta might need a new venue. See where I’m heading with this Houston?
With the NCAA Final Four coming to town this weekend, it makes for a good opportunity to tell anyone and everyone that will listen how great a job Reliant and the great city of Houston would do hosting a BCS title game. That’s what I’d be talking about, what about you? (Leave a comment and let me know what you think about Houston hosting a BCS Title game.)