JoePa States Need For “Legitimate [NCAA] Champion”
The folks over at the Berks County News recently sat down with Paterno to discuss many popular topics, including Bobby Bowden, a potential Big Ten championship game, and his opinion on the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).
He was remarkably frank regarding the BCS, saying:
I think we ought to have a legitimate champion. I don’t know whether somebody could vote and say that Florida’s better than Southern Cal, Texas or Utah. A few years ago (2004), Auburn won all of their games. I was voting in the coaches poll and I voted for the three teams that were undefeated. I got a couple telephone calls, saying, “You can’t do that; you have to vote for 1 and 2 and 3.” I said, “No, I can’t do that.” The sports editor of USA Today called me up and said the coaches association had an agreement with them. They took the vote away from me. I’m not going to change my vote. That’s the way I feel. That’s the way it’s going to be. I don’t vote anymore.
It’s no secret that many college football fans have their issues with the current method in selecting a national champion, and recently there has been a clamoring for a playoff. Perhaps if some of college football’s other living legends came out against the BCS so convincingly, such a development would be more likely.
The rest of the interview can be read here.