MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher gave NCAA football executive Dennis Poppe an earful on Sunday. By allowing the 6-6 Yellow Jackets to have a waiver, a MAC bowl-eligible team will likely be staying home this post season. Why? Because there are 70 positions open for bowls and there were exactly 70 bowl-eligible teams - until the waiver was granted.
Waivers have been granted in the past, but new rules were passed last year after UCLA was granted a waiver, lost their bow, and ended the season 6-8. That was too embarrassing to allow to happen again, so the NCAA strengthened it's qualifier rules.
The qualfiers to add bowl eligible teams, however, only kick in if there are fewer than 70 bowl eligible teams. So the NCAA ignored their own rules - probably because Georgia Tech is a much better draw and more attractive to bowls looking to draw the largest audience.
With seven bowl-eligible teams in the MAC, Jon Steinbrecher has a right to be angry after his conference delivered one if it's best performances ever. Should the NCAA even have rules if they are just going to break them to favor BCS schools over non-BCS schools?
Do you think the best interest of the NCAA and the bowls trumps the interest of fairness?