Ask The Assistant Commish!

Feb. 2, 2001

Commissioner Hansen was away on business this week, attending a Bowl Championship Series meetingwith ABC and the Bowls in Austin, TX, so Duane Lindberg, Assistant Commissioner for Electronic Communications, filled in to field this week's questions!

David Anzivino (Manhattan Beach, CA)
Is Pac-10 football stuck with its current bowl agreements (Holiday, Sun,Aloha, etc) or is their a possibility of getting the conference hooked upto some better bowls that may make sense regionally (Alamo Bowl, CottonBowl, Insight.Com)?? Outside of the Rose Bowl & Holiday Bowl, it seemslike the Pac-10 is relegated to lower tier bowl games each season. Werarely see a Pac-10 team motivated to play in El Paso or Hawaii (in frontof sparse crowds).

Asst. Commissioner Duane Lindberg: The Pac-10 Bowl Committee will soon begin the task of reviewingthe Conference's bowl opportunities. The agreements in place with some ofour bowl partners end following next year's games, and we need to makedecisions about the future.

You are correct in noting that El Paso and Hawaii are distant locations,but the Wells Fargo Sun Bowl and both the Jeep Aloha and Jeep O'ahu Bowlshave been good partners for the Pac-10, and provided our student-athletesan opportunity to participate in postseason play.

Your regional approach is one we look at very closely. As we examine thelandscape and look to the future the location of a bowl and itsattractiveness as a destination is a big factor. We want the experiencefor the fans who follow our teams to also be a good one.

Keith A. Oderman (Vancouver, WA)
I think that the special arrangement that Notre Dame has with the BCSshould be terminated. This arrangement deprived much better teams(Virginia Tech and Nebraska, to name two) a spot in the BCS ChampionshipSeries.

Clearly, fair play and sportsmanship are not served by this arrangement.As Pac-10 Commissioner, do you have any influence on BCS policy?

Asst. Commissioner Duane Lindberg: Oversight of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is primarilymanaged by the Commissioners of the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12,Pac-10, SEC and the Director of Athletics at Notre Dame. The champions ofthe six conferences are guaranteed a spot in a BCS game, Notre Dame isnot.

Notre Dame, and other Division I-A teams can qualify for the two at-largeselections in the BCS by winning at least nine games during the regularseason and must be ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS standings. NotreDame entered this year's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl with a 9-2 record and wasranked 11th in the final BCS standings. Oregon State was the otherat-large selection.

The one guarantee the BCS makes is that it will produce a season-endingmatchup between college football's top two teams in a true nationalchampionship game. Past that, there is no guarantee that the third,fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eight-best teams all will be providedopportunities to play in the other three BCS games.

When a non-national championship BCS bowl makes its team selections,factors other than a team's BCS ranking comes into play such as potentialticket sales and television ratings...and you hope the issue of fairness.


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