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More changes to the BCS?

Nick Fairley of Auburn celebrates the Tigers' 22-19

Nick Fairley of Auburn celebrates the Tigers' 22-19 victory against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game. (Jan. 10, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

As if the BCS needs anymore pressure on itself.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said BCS executive director Bill Hancock will ask the conference commissioners to lift the two-team per conference limitation on BSC Bowl games.

Already facing a possible investigation from the Department of Justice for anti-trust violations, this new revelation could add fuel to the fire.

Hancock told the Associated Press in an email that the commissioners are doing what they think is best for the BCS.

"The commissioners are committed to making the BCS the best it can be," he wrote. "It's very good now. Just what 'making it the best' might entail will be evaluated in a thoughtful and deliberate process over the next six or eight months."

BCS bowls have become cash cows over the years with teams and conferences pocketing tens of millions of dollars. The problem is non-BCS schools routinely come out on the short end.

The apparent shutting out of non-BCS programs of the big bowl games has drawn the attention of several government officials. In May US Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) continued his push to overhaul the BCS.

"Look, 87% of the BCS money goes to the privileged conferences. That amounts to billions of dollars," Hatch said during an interview on Fox News last May. "Only about 12% goes to the non-privileged conferences. It is very unfair and violative of the anti-trust laws."

Since the inception of the BCS in 1998, only four schools from non-BCS conferences, not including Notre Dame, have earned berths to the lucrative bowls. Utah, Boise State and TCU have each made two appearances, while Hawaii has made one.

Those four schools have compiled a 5-2 record in BCS bowls, which includes wins over Alabama, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. Utah and Boise State are both 2-0 in BCS bowl games.

Notre Dame, which gets an automatic bid if it meets certain criteria, has made three appearances.


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