College football and its bowl system is the most confusing, unfair, nonsensical aspect in all of sports. Not only are some of the bowl games unnecessary, but the kicker of the whole mess is teams that do not earn an invitation get rewarded for it.
Meanwhile, while these teams stay at home and enjoy family time during the holiday season, the teams that play in them pay to play in them. If you're a small school with a small budget and revenue stream the odds are you're losing money for succeeding and qualifying.
Well, if we were to clean up the mess that is the bowl revenue distribution system it seems the best way to go about that is to hire a doctor to fix it. And one doctor, first name Daryl, last name Gross, is trying his best to do so, according to Syracuse.com.
"We're in the competition business. That's what we all signed up for," Gross said. "If a team is in last place all the time, they're still getting a bulk of the money, but they don't certainly get the part where the team has to go compete, have to go travel, the extra expenses and all those types of things. The winning team shouldn't be penalized. There should be an incentive to want to win and be there."
Gross added: "There's an algorithm in there that can make everybody happy, where the lion's share goes to the conferences and the schools, that there's a portion left out for those that compete and advance and go further. You want to take out the million dollar free throws because none of us believe in that, but at the same time you want to reward those schools that do well."
Now, you could tear down the bowl system and starting all over -- which is what I would like for college football to do -- this would be a positive step to improving things. Of course, this is assuming Syracuse is set to compete for bowl invitations consistently.
In other interesting news, it seems Syracuse University made money on sports two years ago:
The latest numbers Syracuse supplied to the US Department of Education are for the reporting year that ran from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 and show a profit of about $4.1 million.
Now, before you put the lets-add-more-sports cart on the horse, Dr. Gross has a message for you:
"Before we ever get into what sports we're going to possibly look at adding, we're going to look at how do we manage our sports where we're not struggling and people can have the resources they need in order to compete nationally," Gross said.
Good bye to the dreams of having a ACC baseball team anytime soon.