A day after the Bowl Championship Series Presidential Oversight Committee slammed the door on the Mountain West Conference's plan for an eight-team playoff, Air Force coach Troy Calhoun ripped the system designed to exclude non-BCS teams from lucrative top-tier bowl games.
"We basically have a system for college football that too closely resembles the old Soviet Presidium," Calhoun said, referring to the policymaking and governing body of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
"You have a seven-member politburo that's decided if you aren't one of those party members, then you're unable to participate."
Calhoun was just getting started.
"I thought there was a proposal that was put in place that was extremely fair," he said. "It was very reasonable, and it made you earn access.
"You think back to the old Soviet Presidium, and what happened was you told every person, 'Hey, you aren't going to be able to grow a whole lot. We're going to tell you all you can earn.' That was the approach. ... There's a very, very strong resemblance that unfortunately is a part of college football."
Colorado State coach Steve Fairchild join Calhoun in criticizing the BCS.
"Utah, in my mind, was the best team in the country last year," he said. "What they did to Alabama right after Florida struggled with them says it all. And I'm not sure if you play our league over again last year if TCU doesn't win our league. So we've got some extremely talented football teams. It almost seems like a lawsuit in terms of trying to hold revenue back from certain conferences."
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch also reiterated his desire for change.
"You have 50 percent of the schools who are the elite schools. They get almost all of the money, and the other schools, no matter how good they are, don't even have a chance to compete for the national title," he said.
Hatch, the ranking member of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, recently told Real Clear Sports that he planned to hold a hearing into the antitrust implications of the Bowl Championship Series "within the next few weeks." But Geoffrey Rapp, a associate professor at the University of Toledo who has taught courses on antitrust and sports law, says Hatch will have little chance of getting the federal government to pursue an antitrust case against the BCS.
"The Justice Department could use its power to go after antitrust violators, but the last 25 years or so of federal antitrust activity suggests that there isn't a lot of enthusiasm for antitrust enforcement generally," Rapp said. "My sense is going after sports leagues or intercollegiate athletic associations or probably schools is probably something people in the federal government don't view as the best use of power that is already subject to a lot of criticism."