A Critique of the BCS, Tinged in Blue and White
My friend and occasional Penn Stater contributor Michael Weinreb ’94 pops up today on GQ.com in a conversation with Dan Wetzel, another terrific sportswriter and author. The topic? College football’s maligned Bowl Championship Series, which Wetzel writes about (though “tears apart” might be a better way of putting it) in his not-at-all-subtly titled new book, Death to the BCS. No matter your feelings on the BCS, if you like college football, the conversation is a quick and compelling read.
Penn Staters should particularly enjoy this exchange, which comes about halfway through the conversation:
DW: Joe Paterno has had four undefeated teams not win a title. So who’s been worked over more than Joe Paterno and Penn State?
MW: You portray Paterno as the conscience of this whole thing—which, being a Penn State guy, I appreciate. But is he really one of the only coaches who’s ahead on this topic?
DW: Way ahead of the game on it. Way ahead. And what are you gonna do, rip back at Joe Paterno? He’s a smart guy. He just instinctively knows this is ridiculous. And he’s been arguing against it forever, for decades.
The GQ writer who introduces the piece also gives Mike a nice plug, calling Bigger Than the Game “the fall’s other must-read sports book.”
Ryan Jones, senior editor