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Fourth-and-10 for legislator's anti-BCS bill


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EUGENE, OR — State Sen. Ryan Deckert, D-Beaverton, is ready to punt a bill that would bar Oregon and Oregon State from appearing in college football's Bowl Championship Series.

Deckert, who introduced the bill because of his disdain for the college football ranking system, says he will instead offer a non-binding resolution that puts the BCS on notice without penalizing Oregon schools.

``I feel that's the right tone right now,'' Deckert said last week.

The BCS, a confederation of the major college football conferences, uses the ranking system to decide which teams play in the major bowl games and select the two teams that compete for the national championship.

Pacific-10 Conference fans have been miffed at some recent pairings, including the 2001 decision that denied Oregon a shot at the national championship.

More recent choices have bumped other Pac-10 teams out of bowl or championship games, denying the conference the large payouts that come with major bowl appearances. The conference splits that revenue among all teams, meaning less money went to both the UO and OSU.

That's what inspired Deckert to write Senate Bill 416. After reciting a litany of grievances against the bowl series, the bill declares BCS games off limits to the two Oregon schools beginning with the 2008 season.

That soon caught the attention of UO officials, who went into a quick huddle and decided to run a blocking pattern. University President Dave Frohnmayer is playing a role in a current effort to reform the BCS.

``We have talked to Sen. Deckert at great length and he understands what our concerns are,'' said Dan Williams, the UO's vice president for administration. ``It is our expectation that this bill may not move out of committee.''

The bill has also lost one of its co-sponsors. Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, signed onto the bill thinking Deckert had cleared it with the universities; when he found out that wasn't the case, he withdrew his name and support.

Prozanski said he won't support a resolution without hearing Frohnmayer's view. And Deckert said the UO president's role in the BCS reform effort played a role in his desire to limit the legislation to a nonbinding resolution.

Deckert isn't the only legislator wanting to tackle the BCS. A California lawmaker has filed a non-binding resolution calling for the dissolution of the BCS, and a Texas legislator has proposed a law that would ban schools in that state from playing in a BCS game when at least four other states join the ban.

C-USA standings, scores, schedule & TV

STANDINGS (through Sunday's games):

TEAM               CONF   PCT     ALL   PCT
Louisville         11 2  .846    23 4  .851
Charlotte          10 2  .833    19 4  .826
Memphis             9 3  .750   16 10  .615
Cincinnati          8 4  .667    20 6  .769
DePaul              8 4  .667    16 7  .696
Houston             8 5  .615   17 10  .630
UAB                 6 6  .500    16 9  .640
Texas Christian     6 6  .500   16 10  .615
Marquette           6 7  .462    18 8  .692
Saint Louis         4 8  .333    7 18  .280
South Florida       4 9  .308   11 13  .458
Tulane              3 9  .250    9 14  .391
East Carolina      3 10  .231    8 17  .320
Southern Miss      1 12  .077   10 15  .400


Cincinnati 83, Southern Miss 51
Charlotte 66, DePaul 62
Houston 68, South Florida 50
Saint Louis 78, Ind.-Pur.-Ft. Wayne 66
East Carolina 67, UAB 64


Louisville 64, Marquette 61 (ESPN)


Memphis 85, Southern Miss 73 (ESPN+)
Cincinnati 72, UAB 69 (ESPN)
South Florida 60, East Carolina 50
Houston 69, Texas Christian 57
Charlotte 86, Tulane 67


Marquette 67, DePaul 57 (CBS)
Louisville 84, Saint Louis 66


South Florida at DePaul 8:30 PM


Southern Miss at East Carolina 7 PM
Memphis at Charlotte 7:30 PM
Texas Christian at Tulane 8 PM
UAB at Saint Louis 8:10 PM


Marquette at Cincinnati 9 PM (ESPN2)


Saint Louis at DePaul 1 PM (ESPN+)
Cincinnati at Texas Christian 3 PM (ESPN+)
Southern Miss at Charlotte 3 PM
Houston at East Carolina 7 PM
Tulane at UAB 8:30 PM
Louisville at Memphis 9 PM (ESPN)

Compiled from Conference USA and wire reports.


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