I can remember watching college football as a young boy and thinking how great college football was. Fans truly enjoyed the pageantry and excitement of the game. Teams werer fighting week in and week out to get into the AP Top 25 so that they could go to a bowl game at the end of the season. I loved the game so much then and I still do now. What about the NCAA and the BCS? What happened to their love of the game? College football has turned into a business. It's all about how much money they can make and how high the TV ratings are. What has happened to the love of the game?
I'm sure that at the fan level, there is still a lot of love for the game. And, for the most part, the players still love the game too. The problem starts at the school level and goes up from there. Schools are now asking, "How much money can we make off of the game of footbal? The football conferences are even more money-hungry. The conferences are looking at how much moey they can make off of the teams in their conferences. Look at Texas with the Longhorn Network. It's a TV network created to generate more revenue. There is the SEC Network, the Big Ten Network, etc. It's all about the money now. It seems like no one cares about the game anymore. Of course, the most money-grubbing of all is the BCS. That became more apparent this season with the teams that were selected to go to the BCS bowls. The thinking wasn't whether or not the game would be exciting to watch, it was about how much money can we make off of the fans coming to these games. Think about that for a minute. Why were West Virginia and Virginia Tech picked to go to the BCS bowls? It wasn't about the game at all. I don't think they earned the right to be there. It was all about how many fans would travle to the game and stay in the hotels in the cities where the games are played. There were other teams that much more deserving of the BCS bowl berth, but they may not have generated enough revenue for the game in the mind of the BCS. As a fan, this saddens me. I really could care less about the money. I want to see an exciting game, a well-matched game. I'm tired of seeing the blowouts in the BCS games. I would rather see a game come down to the final drive to decide the victor, but what can I do? I have no control over what happens in the BCS.
Something really needs to change. Things have gotten out of hand. I wish that things could go back to when I was a little boy, back when the game was played for the love of the game and not so much for money. I could go on and on about why the BCS is so flawed, but I won't. There are plenty of other blogs about that. I just want the love of the game to come back.