Wednesday was a bad day for collegiate football’s Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and a good day for Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchOvernight Finance: US preps cases linking North Korea to Fed heist | GOP chair says Dodd-Frank a 2017 priority | Chamber pushes lawmakers on Trump's trade pick | Labor nominee faces Senate US Chamber urges quick vote on USTR nominee Lighthizer Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing MORE (R-Utah) and Utah college football.
Hours later, Holder announced that the Justice Department had informed the NCAA that it has opened an antitrust inquiry into the BCS system.
Hatch has long been working on this issue. He complained in 2009 that the BCS system “excludes teams like the [University of] Utah team ... from national championship contention.” Another Utah school, Brigham Young University, has also felt the sting of the BCS system.
According to the statement from Holder, Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney requested that NCAA President Mark Emmert explain the absence of a playoff system in college football, and what steps the NCAA might have taken to create one.
Hatch’s office had yet to respond to the letter as of press time, but score one for the underdogs and the Utah senator, who is up for reelection in 2012.