December 8, 2014 – 11:52 pm
In the week before and after the College Football Playoff committee selected its inaugural Final Four, no one did more to embarrass himself and his league than Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. And it would be in the best interests of the league’s members for Bowlsby to shut his trap and trust in the selection process in the future, or they can find someone to take his place.
The league started the season by pimping its unique status as the only major conference with ONE TRUE CHAMPION. With only 10 teams in the league, the conference has its members play nine games. A round-robin that leaves no ambiguity. It’s nice and tidy, the way college football was before the money got too big and conferences started looking like a bunch of Wall Street mergers instead of something representing a group of geographically similar institutions of higher learning. Even though the Big 12 was one of the leagues that started the championship game trend when it merged Southwest Conference leftovers with the Big 8, at least it felt like there was a league out there that still had some damn sense in its head going into this season.
But Bowlsby screwed that pooch last week when he panicked and announced the league would name “co-champions” if Baylor and TCU finished tied atop the conference standings despite the Bears’ head-to-head victory. That announcement was contrary to the league’s written bylaws, which would have awarded Baylor the title because of that tiebreaker. But because Bowlsby was worried that TCU’s playoff chances would be hurt if it wasn’t the ONE TRUE CHAMPION, he decided to make up some new rules.
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