Berry Tramel: BCS has a strong smell of corruption

by Berry Tramel Published: March 30, 2011
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“The bowl system is ripe for financial abuse,” Death to the BCS proclaimed prophetically.

Too bad the book didn't wait a year. It could have written a chapter on Junker alone.

A $33,000 birthday celebration for Junker at Pebble Beach. Four memberships for Junker at exclusive golf clubs, for when he wasn't jetting over to Pebble Beach. A $1,200 bill at a Phoenix strip club.

Worse yet, a $48,000 annual payout to Duncan each of the last four years, plus a $16,000 donation to the college fund of Duncan's granddaughters.

Duncan is a valuable guy to have on your side, but what on Earth could he have been doing for the Fiesta? It's not like the Big 12 and the Fiesta Bowl have been in crosshairs; they've been fast friends for almost two decades.

How can university presidents and athletic directors possibly support such a system?

The masses have cried for a playoff because they want more playoff games and a truer champion. Presidents and ADs don't hear such protests.

But how could they not hear the claims of corruption? How could they argue that an NCAA-sponsored football tournament is somehow less idyllic than a bowl system that looks like the Roman Forum?

“Unprofessional, unethical or improper behavior is unacceptable,” Hancock said in a statement. “There is no place for such activities in higher education or in collegiate sports. It is expected that all parties contracted with the BCS will live up to the highest standards. We do not wish to be associated with entities that believe otherwise.”

Here's the trouble. The Fiesta Bowl is not a party contracted with the BCS. The Fiesta Bowl is the BCS.

The BCS knows it's in trouble. It also knows what happened to Rome. It crumbled from within.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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