Los Angeles Times points out errors
in Utah Atty. Gen. Shurtleff's editorial
Article titled, "A foe of the BCS requires some assistance with the facts"
• As reprinted from an Oct. 5, 2011, Los Angeles Times article by Chris Dufresne:
Utah Atty. Gen. Mark L. Shurtleff recently wrote an editorial for the Arizona Republic stating why the Bowl Championship Series needs to be abolished.
He's certainly entitled to an opinion, one shared by many. But he's not entitled to make up facts.
"Not only is the system unfair, it is also illegal," Shurtleff wrote.
Shurtleff failed to mention Utah joined the "illegal" Pac-12 this year just in time to reap the benefits of the league's new $3-billion television contract.
Shurtleff also wrote Utah, as the only undefeated team in 2008, was denied a shot at the title because "the cabal" required two one-loss teams to play. He said coaches voted Utah No. 4 in the BCS because "they had not seen them play."
Shurtleff forgot to add that Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham voted his own team No. 5 in the final poll to determine which teams played for the title.
Shurtleff: "Baylor, which has never played a bowl game, receives far more BCS revenue than 10-bowl veteran Texas Christian University."
Baylor has played in 17 bowls, including the Cotton, Orange, Sugar, Gator, Peach, Alamo, Copper, Gotham and Dixie.
Shurtleff: "Shockingly, the BCS scheme mandated Connecticut (four losses) play in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl, bringing its AQ [automatic qualifier] conference, the ACC, $22 million."
Connecticut is a member of the Big East Conference.
Shurtleff: The BCS clings to power "despite near-universal opposition."
In fact, many players, coaches and school presidents are not opposed.
Shurtleff: Only seven "non-AQ" schools have played in major bowls since the BCS was formed in 1998.
He failed to note that none of those schools, including Utah (twice), had access to those bowls before the BCS.
Shurtleff vows to sue the BCS in federal court "within a few months."
That gives him time to hire a fact checker.