Ooooo… Check out this news from Utah, a state pretty ticked off that their undefeated team was denied entrance to the big game. From the LA Times:
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said Tuesday he was launching an investigation into the Bowl Championship Series for a possible violation of federal antitrust laws after an undefeated Utah team was left out of the national title game for the second time in five years.
Shurtleff contends the BCS unfairly puts schools like Utah, a member of the Mountain West Conference that is without an automatic bid to a BCS bowl, at a competitive and financial disadvantage.
“We’ve established that from the very first day, from the very fist kickoff in the college season, more than half of the schools are put on an unlevel playing field,” Shurtleff said. “They will never be allowed to play for a national championship.”
BCS administrator Bill Hancock said he couldn’t comment on the investigation until he had seen something in writing from the Utah Attorney General’s Office.
“We just don’t think it’s appropriate to comment until we’ve seen something to comment on,” he said.
Utah finished a 13-0 season with a victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Shurtleff said he’s committed to doing whatever it takes to produce change.
“It’s not about bragging rights. It’s a multimillion-dollar — hundreds of millions — business where the BCS schools get richer and non-BCS get poorer,” he said.