Smaller programs need to send out SOS

Updated: June 28, 2012, 4:20 PM ET
By Ryan McGee

There were actually two news items that came out of Tuesday's postpresidential oversight committee meeting. The first caused clapping, cheering and church bells to ring across the land. The BCS was being placed on life support, to be replaced with a four-team playoff in 2014.

The second, which received little to no publicity, was a last great sign of everything wrong with the old BCS system. The Mountain West was denied its request for an automatic bid, despite outqualifying the ACC and Big East and despite the fact that the BCS is in a lame-duck status for the next two years.

One last middle finger as the BCS departs for death row.

But it's OK, right? Under the new selection committee-based plan, the little guys -- the next Boise State, TCU, Utah, and Hawaii -- will have a more fair and square shot to make it into the big dance and knock off the big boys, right?

"No, not really," one West Coast athletic director admitted Wednesday evening. "What's happened is that the power has shifted from the polls and computers to a small handful of people. The Cinderellas are going to miss the old way. It's totally a 'be careful what you wish for' situation."