Jon Steinbrecher '84 Featured in USA Today Article about NIU and BCS

 Jon Steinbrecher '84, Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference, was quoted and referenced in a Dec. 4 USA Today article titled "Why those who busted the BCS will look back fondly on it."

Steinbrecher's quotes are listed below. Please click here to read the entire article.


"It has certainly put more revenue into the system, both into the bowl system itself and into the systems in general, that the institutions have been able to tap into," Steinbrecher said. "The net result has been more bowl games, which for us has been a positive. You go back a decade, or a little over a decade, this is a conference that had one bowl game. And yet last year we played in seven bowl games. So it's facilitated greater opportunities for really a bunch of deserving student-athletes."


If often frustratingly inflexible – Steinbrecher called it "an incredibly tall mountain to climb" – the BCS still gave the Mountain West, MAC and WAC access to doors long closed to universities outside the AQ construction.


"It's made virtually every game of every BCS conference relevant," Steinbrecher said. "I guarantee you that there's a whole bunch of other schools watching our championship game on Friday night, because it will have a direct effect on whether or not some of them have a chance to get into a BCS game."


The postseason format "took what was already a very high-profile sport and truly made our leagues national leagues," and "brought importance to each of our games across the country," Steinbrecher said.


"We know at a minimum the highest-rated champion of the Group of Five conferences, we know that school will go to one of those host bowls," Steinbrecher said. "That's a positive. We're going to have to live with the system a little bit to kind of play it out and see where the possible hiccups might be in the system. But I think it's been fairly well thought out to this point.

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