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College football and the feds
January 13, 2012 - Ron Hart
Congress found time to have hearings on steroid use in Major League Baseball, and Obama has spent considerable federal time and effort trying to get college football’s Bowl Championship Series to do as he wants.
He went so far as to involve the Justice Department, using anti-trust laws to try to pressure the NCAA into “changing” the BCS system. While the president is concentrating on the burning BCS issue, hopefully the NCAA and Major League Baseball can work on the economy, wars, deficit spending and the unemployment rate.
The Southeastern Conference has won the national title six years in a row now, and before that the national champion was the University of Texas. This has troubled Obama, spurring him into using the powers of his federal government to start an investigation. I’d prefer big schools drop Troy and Kent State off their schedules to leave room for a playoff, but it’s not a federal matter.
It must give great comfort to the red states of the South that Obama, an Ivy-Leaguer admitted under affirmative action, is on the case. Somehow, liberals reason that a student like Obama can get into Columbia University with a huge discount on his SAT score and have his schooling paid for, but when a kid from Odessa, Texas, gets a chance to go to college at the University of Texas and play football, he must have been exploited. At least the young man playing football has a source of pride because he is helping to create revenues for his university in the form of ticket sales to fund his scholarship. There was no one paying Columbia to watch Obama study political science. Even the unions did not fund him back then.
Obama’s Justice Department has kicked around many legal strategies on how to gain the control of the NCAA football system that the federal government currently does not have. DOJ is well-versed in the Interstate Commerce Clause of the Constitution, since that is its justification for the individual mandate provision of Obamacare. Maybe now it could say the University of Alabama, in recruiting Flint, Michigan’s Heisman Trophy-winning running back Mark Ingram, violated laws against kidnapping, smuggling or transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of commerce. We have so many laws in this country; there has to be one the Department of Justice can contort into fitting its goal.
If Obama had his way with “equity” in college football, he could work toward his dream of “fairness” so that every team in the country would have a record of 6 and 6. He would love that, because then he would get to decide the national champion. In Obama’s view, since he is granted the right under our Constitution to dismiss the head of General Motors Inc., he certainly has the right to fire the offensive coordinator at Louisiana State University.
Obama has enough issues in the South. The only reason Obama got 38 percent of the vote in 2008 in Alabama was that many voters confused his name on the ballot for “Go Bama.”
Clearly, college football is much too important in the South to involve the federal government. Like most things that thrive and that people enjoy, there is little-to-no federal government involvement in college football.
If Obama wants to intervene in college football, he may want to look into stationing Navy SEALs on lifeguard stands in the Penn State football team showers.
At least the Supreme Court had sense enough not to hear the University of South Carolina vs. the University of Southern California lawsuit to decide which school gets to have the “SC” logo. Since there are no Protestants left on the Supreme Court, no one on the court sees a college football dispute for what it is in the South — a freedom of religion issue.
Southerners really do not mind that Obama rarely attends church, but the fact that he has not been to a college football game in the South is something we just cannot get past.
Michelle Obama wants to regulate our fatty Barbecue and Obama seeks to tinker with college football; why must they trifle with everything Southerners hold dear?
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