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BCS Sets Meeting With Justice Department

MIAMI ( – South Florida has made millions off the Orange Bowl since the Bowl Championship Series was formed, but the BCS is about to face the biggest obstacle it's ever seen when it meets the Department of Justice.

According to, BCS executive director Bill Hancock will honor a request from the Justice Department for a "voluntary briefing," on June 30.

The BCS has come under fire in recent years for failing to truly decide the college football national champion, widespread corruption with the Fiesta Bowl, questionable expenses and pay for bowl members, and possible anti-trust violations.

The anti-trust violations are at the heart of a potential lawsuit to be filed by Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff. Congress has also threatened to get involved if the system is not fixed to determine the national champion.

If the BCS was deemed to be involved in anti-trust violations, the system may be broken up. This would mean the cash cow of a national championship game that South Florida has hosted several times, would likely be over.

The Bowl Championship Subdivision, which used to be Division I, is the only NCAA division to not determine a national champion via playoff.

University presidents and conference chairmen have long stood in the way of a playoff, seeking to keep the current system in place regardless of reality.

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