How would that have worked out this year? Well, West Virginia finished No. 22 in the BCS and Connecticut was unranked. I'm assuming that positions below No. 25 can be computed, something which likely would have had to be done were the old rules in place. If UConn was No. 28 or lower, West Virginia would have gotten the BCS berth under the old rules.
Not that I'm lobbying for a return to the old rules, mind you. Yes, it probably was a good safety net and would be good for Big East PR, allowing the league to send its highest-ranked team to the BCS. That was the point of the old provision, essentially so that, say, Miami wouldn't go 10-1 and be ranked No. 5 in the country, but get upset by some 8-4 Pitt or WVU team and lose the BCS bid everyone knew it deserved.
But let's face it, head-to-head has to mean something. And this year three teams tied and one of those teams beat the other two.
Deal with it.
Will that make a difference? To a degree. It would have eliminated one of the arguments put forth in the South Charleston case. But lawyers will still find cause to take things to court and get favorable rulings from locally-elected judges because that's just the way we do things around here.
The bottom line, though, is that when something like this happens it is still the fault of the school. Period. Don't let the inmates run the asylum. If the schools aren't going to back the SSAC, why is there even an SSAC?
Well, it was Jim Harbaugh of Stanford, whose quarterback, Andrew Luck, is the son of WVU athletic director Oliver Luck. West Virginia finished No. 21 in the final poll. Harbaugh had the Mountaineers at No. 18.
Who picked the Mountaineers the lowest? Central Florida's George O'Leary and Larry Porter of Memphis left WVU off their lists.
Everyone else had West Virginia between No. 19 and No. 25.
Four Big East coaches vote in the poll. Rutgers' Greg Schiano voted WVU No. 20, Louisville's Charlie Strong No. 21 and Cincinnati's Butch Jones and Syracuse's Doug Marrone each at No. 22. All had UConn lower on their ballots save for Jones, who didn't put the Huskies on his.
N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien, whose team plays the Mountaineers in the Champs Sports Bowl, voted West Virginia No. 20 and was one of three coaches who gave his Wolfpack a vote. Rodriguez voted West Virginia No. 23. Alabama and Monongah's Nick Saban had the Mountaineers No. 19.
And now you know.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.