Here's the story... I apologize if this has already been posted! First step, in my opinion, toward a playoff in NCAA football... About time.... your thoughts sharks?
NBCSports.com news services
Updated: 5:54 p.m. ET Dec. 21, 2004
The Associated Press has pulled its poll from the Bowl Championship Series as part of the method of picking the teams for the national championship game and the three other BCS bowls effective next year, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday.
Big 12 commissioner and BCS coordinator Kevin Weiberg said he received a letter from the AP indicating it did not want to be a part of the BCS system, which has been a subject of controversy since its inception.
"We respect the decision of the Associated Press to no longer have its poll included in the BCS standings,'' Weiberg said in a statement, the Boston Globe reported. "Since the inception of the BCS, the AP poll has been part of our standings. We appreciate the cooperation we have received from the organization in providing rankings on a weekly basis. We will discuss alternatives to the Associated Press poll at the upcoming BCS meetings and plan to conclude our evaluation of the BCS standings formula, including any other possible changes by our April meeting.''
The BCS picks eight teams for the four major bowls: Orange, Rose, Sugar, and Fiesta. The BCS uses a combination consisting of the AP poll, the ESPN/USA Today poll (coaches) and several computer rankings. Each segment is worth one-third in picking the teams.
The latest BCS controversy occurred this year, when some AP voters put Texas ahead of California in the final rankings. That enabled Texas to reach the Rose Bowl, while Cal was shut out of a BCS bowl.