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BOISE, IDAHO (AP) - Boise State University president Bob Kustra is using a recent error in the final Bowl Championship Series rankings to fire off a new round of criticism of the system that determines postseason bowl pairings.
Kustra sent an e-mail to university presidents and conference commissioners Tuesday blasting the BCS system for its lack of transparency in the method used to rank college football teams.
Kustra said college presidents, athletic officials and the NCAA allow the BCS to work its magic with no accountability for the system’s accuracy.
On Monday, the final BCS standings were corrected after a mistake was found that enabled Boise State to move up on spot to No. 10. The glitch did not have any impact on the Broncos’ postseason plans.
Kustra has been a persistent critic of the BCS because he says it treats schools from smaller conferences like second-class citizens.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
The final Bowl Championship Series standings had to be corrected after a mistake was found that changed the rankings of Boise State and LSU, but did not affect any bowl matchups.
Jerry Palm, who runs the websites http://www.collegebcs.com and http://wwww.collegerpi.com, found a discrepancy in the Colley Matrix computer ratings, one of six used by the Bowl Championship Series to determine which teams play for the national championship and in some of the other marquee bowl games.
Wesley Colley says Palm, who verifies the Colley Matrix ratings, noticed the results of an FCS playoff game involving Appalachian State and Western Illinois had not been included in the data based used to generate the ratings.
In the revised standings, Boise State moves from 11th to 10th and LSU drops from 10th to 11th.
BCS executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement that he was “deeply disturbed” when he learned of the mistake.
“This error should not have happened and is unacceptable. The final standings have been corrected. Fortunately, it had no effect on any team’s eligibility for the BCS games. But the simple fact that it could have means this issue will be near the top of the agenda for the conference commissioners’ annual review next spring,” Hancock said.
Colley also said that his rankings for Nebraska and Alabama were affected by the missing score, but BCS ratings for those teams were unchanged.
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