BCS head goes to Washington to ward off Justice Department inquiry

Earlier this month, the BCS announced it was going to meet with the Department of Justice to discuss the way a national champion is crowned in football, and that meeting could happen as early as Tuesday.

The BCS has always been under scrutiny, but since May, the Justice Department has been asking questions about the possibility of a playoff system and whether he BCS does in fact violate antitrust laws (Orrin Hatch is smiling right now).

The Justice Department first questioned the NCAA about the matter and NCAA president Mark Emmert claimed the BCS was the group responsible for crowning a national champion.

Now, BCS executive director Bill Hancock will have to prove that his group's system is the best and fairest system for college football.

Earlier this month, Hancock said he welcomed the inquiry.

"The BCS was carefully created with antitrust laws in mind, and I am confident that it is fully compliant with those laws," Hancock said. "It has improved competition by delivering a national championship game between the two top-ranked teams, which only rarely existed before the BCS. It has also dramatically increased access to top-tier bowl games for schools from non-AQ conferences.

"I look forward to a conversation with the attorneys at the Justice Department."

There's no word on what the Justice Department could do should it take objection with the BCS, but it's clear that all college football eyes will be on Washington this week.

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