Big 12: Joe Barton
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Politics indeed do makes for some strange bedfellows.
Take U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), a staunch conservative and former Texas A&M student.
It appears that Barton has found a kindred spirit in President Barack Obama in terms of doing away with the Bowl Championship Series in favor of a playoff to determine college football's national champion.
Barton has filed at least three congressional bills he hopes will do away with the BCS. And he told The Dallas Morning News he remains committed with a willing listener now in the White House.
"The biggest sport that raises the most money and has the most publicity has a totally artificial and undecipherable system that really doesn't base the championship on the merits of a playoff," Barton told the News.
Barton has talked to the president about the issue and hopes he will take an active role in college football reform over the next several months.
Who knows? Maybe the change in the nation's leadership will lead to a change in the currently controversial manner in how college football determines a champion.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin:
As much a part of holiday bowl games are the news conferences that take place several weeks before the games.
Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Florida's Urban Meyer met in a casino in Hollywood, Fla., on Wednesday. Missouri's Gary Pinkel and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald are hooking up at a golf tournament in San Antonio today.
With many of the top Big 12 players in Orlando, Fla., tonight, for the Home Depot/ESPNU College Football Awards Show, here are some links to get you ready for those festivities.
- Bob Stoops indirectly helped lead Urban Meyer to Florida after Meyer called him four years ago asking about the positives of the Florida job, Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun writes. Stoops was defensive coordinator at Florida from 1996-98.
- Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln-Journal Star weighs in on the approaching battle next season to replace starting quarterback Joe Ganz. Among the contenders are Cody Green, Kody Spano, Patrick Witt and Zac Lee.
- U.S. Rep Joe Barton (R-Texas) has no vested interests in the BCS considering he graduated from Texas A&M. And he still wants to do away with the current controversial method of settling college football's champion, according to Anna M. Tinsley of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
- Former Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione received the VIP treatment as he conducted his second interview with San Diego State officials about their vacant head coaching job, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Brent Schrotenboer writes. San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson declined to reveal whether he had talked about the vacancy to Franchione, his coach at TCU.
- Martin Manley of the Kansas City Star's fine blog, "Under Further Review," spells out the scenario where Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech could finish 1-2-3 in the final national polls after the bowl games.
- Kansas coaches are experimenting during bowl practice with switching Angus Quigley, the team's second leading rusher this season, to linebacker, Dugan Arnett of the Lawrence Journal-World reports.