Hatch looking to kick BcS in the nads… again

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When last we heard from Orrin Hatch, the Republican Senator from Utah was on the receiving end of a Justice Department letter which stated they were looking at the option of opening an investigation into the BcS in order to determine whether the group violates antitrust laws.

Perhaps buoyed by the threat of Justice Department involvement, Hatch is back in the news yet again.  And is on the prowl for some BcS genitalia to slam in a vice.

Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, sent a letter to BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock asking about revenue sharing, TV contracts, and whether Ari Fleischer’s paycheck was coming from money designated for colleges.

The former White House spokesman and his sports public relations firm were hired last year to defend the BCS.

“Legal and antitrust concerns aside, I think it’s clear that the BCS is fundamentally unfair and harmful to schools, students, college football fans and consumers throughout the country,” Hatch said in a statement. “At the very least, I think the architects of the BCS should provide the public with more information to dispel the notion that the system is explicitly designed to favor certain teams while disfavoring others.”

Hatch has, obviously, taken a particular interest in how both the Mountain West and Western Athletic conferences seem to be getting financially bent over by the current system.

For example, they said press reports during the bowl season said conferences that sent one team each to BCS bowls would receive $18.5 million each.

“However, news accounts indicate that both the Mountain West Conference and the Western Athletic Conference, both of which are non-privileged conferences which sent one team to the BCS, received only a fraction of the revenue paid to the six privileged conferences that also sent one team,” they wrote.

Hancock responded to the Senators’ letter by saying that “I know you are but what am I, Sen. Poopy Pants” “[Congress] has more important things to do” than look into the BcS.

(Translation?  “I’m about to pee myself.  Help?”)

Hancock added that he looks forward (chuckle) to answering the questions contained in the letter.

Yet again, hopefully, this is a further step in a process that ends with the abolishment of the sham that is the BcS and the establishment of a playoff system to crown a “true” national champion.

Reports: Miami hiring Lance Guidry from Tulane as DC

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Miami is hiring Lance Guidry, who was defensive coordinator at Marshall last season and recently accepted the same position at Tulane, to lead its defense, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal was still being finalized between Guidry and Miami.

The 51-year-old Louisiana native was hired way from Marshall by Tulane just last month. Now he’ll replace Kevin Steele on Mario Cristobal‘s staff at Miami. Steele is reportedly on his way to Alabama to become Nick Saban‘s defensive coordinator after holding that position for one season with the Hurricanes.

Alabama has yet to make the hiring of Steele and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees official. Rees had been assistant at Notre Dame.

Tulane announced the hiring of Guidry on Jan. 23 to replace Chris Hampton, who left the New Orleans-based school to join Oregon’s staff as an assistant coach.

Guidry’s defenses at Marshall ranked third in the nation in yards per play this season (4.56) and 26th nationally in 2021 (5.14 ypp).

Iowa-Northwestern set for Wrigley Field in November

Nikos Frazier/Journal & Courier/USA TODAY NETWORK
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CHICAGO — Wrigley Field will host a college football game for the third time since 2010 when Iowa plays Northwestern next season.

Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs announced that the Wildcats’ home game will be played Nov. 4.

Northwestern played Illinois at Wrigley in 2010 in the MLB ballpark’s first college football game since 1938, and the Wildcats hosted Purdue there in 2021.

Wrigley Field has a long history of hosting football games. The Chicago Bears played there from 1921 to 1970 before moving to Soldier Field. The old Chicago Cardinals also played at Wrigley, as well as DePaul until its program folded in 1939.

Northwestern had been scheduled to play Wisconsin at Wrigley in 2020, but the game was moved to Ryan Field in Evanston because of the COVID-19 pandemic.