MORGANTOWN — Ah, what a week this has been.
The banking crisis is over, the economy back operating at full throttle.
The national debt has been erased and the budget back in balance.
Chrysler, Ford and General Motors are turning a profit.
The swine flu has been eradicated.
Everyone in America is getting a $5,000 tax refund and every Sunday has been proclaimed Easter.
As Louis Armstrong once said, “What a wonderful world.”
What’s that? You say that hasn’t happened?
Can’t be. I mean, if all those problems still exist, how is it that Congress could take time this week to look into that great blight upon American life — the BCS football championship — and threaten the collegiate powers that be with legislation unless they change it to a playoff system?
Despite all the problems Congress has to worry about, Congressman Joe Barton introduced a bill aimed at preventing the NCAA from holding a championship game unless it came out of a playoff.
Joe Barton, by the way, is from Texas.
The Longhorns must be loaded next year.
Now what business Congress has trying to regulate the way college football is run borders upon the absurd.
It is football, folks.
A game, a diversion.
And it ain’t broke.
Should there be a playoff? Of course. Anyone who has seen the thrills that are generated each March knows there should be a playoff.
But the public will make that call, not a group of politicians in pinstriped suits or who reside in Utah, where, it seems, Utah and BYU football spend half their time practicing and the other time complaining about being spurned by the BCS.
Personally, it is my belief that Rep. Barton is right. The BCS ought to drop the “C” because it isn’t really a championship. “Call it the BS system,” he said.
MORGANTOWN — Ah, what a week this has been.
- Bob Herzel
HERTZEL COLUMN: Big 12 provides plenty of optimism
This past week the Big 12 held its annual media gathering in Dallas and served up a heaping portion of optimism for the 2014 season that is now upon us, West Virginia University opening its preseason practices on Thursday.
This is a time of year when no one has lost a game, not even Charlie Weis at Kansas, and it’s a time of year when opinions are more plentiful than tattoos in an NFL locker room.
HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU needs White to follow in former receivers’ footsteps
A year ago Clint Trickett took a lot of grief as the once potent West Virginia offense came unraveled, but there is more that than meets the eye.
The criticism was not unfounded, of course, although behind each incomplete pass there was the pain Trickett was suffering through to throw it, his rotator cuff in need of surgery.
HERTZEL COLUMN: O’Toole joins long list of eccentric WVU kickers, punters
The star of the Big 12’s annual football media day wasn’t a star at all.
He intrigued the media far more than Bob Stoops, the coach of preseason favorite Oklahoma, and more than Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, the preseason player of the year.
WVU, N.C. State to meet in football
Following a trend of creating non-conference games against regional opponents, West Virginia University has reached agreement with North Carolina State to play a home-and-home football series in 2018 and 2019.
The Mountaineers are scheduled to play N.C. State in Raleigh on Sept. 15, 2018, and then play host to the Wolfpack on Sept. 14, 2019.
HERTZEL COLUMN: ‘Cheating pays’ remark should draw attention
When Bob Bowlsby, the outspoken commissioner of the Big 12, presented his opening-day picture of the future of college sports in Dallas for the annual media day gathering, his bleak comments were not unexpected.
Holgorsen’s program hits turning point
You can almost sense, as you watch West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen sit before the gathered Big 12 media contingent answering questions in the Omni Hotel in Arlington, Texas, that he senses his program has reached a turning point.
Trickett’s play key factor for Mountaineers’ success
In the end, it comes down to the quarterback.
Always has with Dana Holgorsen, always will.
Quarterback is the offense with the West Virginia University coach. When he does well, the team wins – almost always.
When he does poorly, the team doesn’t stand much of a chance.
Saban, family happy at Alabama
Alabama football coach Nick Saban, whose team opens the season against West Virginia in Atlanta on Aug. 30, denied receiving or turning down this offseason an offer of $100 million to coach Texas, indicating he planned to finish his career as coach of the Crimson Tide.
HERTZEL COLUMN: ‘Quarterback child prodigy’ comes to WVU amidst very high expectations
Has West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen finally put the arrow he needs in his quiver with the commitment received Wednesday from high school quarterback David Sills, who is a rather extraordinary story and may also just be a rather extraordinary quarterback?
WVU kicker Molinari ‘All-American boy’
West Virginia kicker Mike Molinari may not be an All-American but he is an All-American boy.
He was honored for that on Wednesday when the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association announced the West Virginia redshirt senior kicker/punter Michael Molinari is a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
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