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Senate Proceeding on Jan 30th, 2009 :: 2:43:30 to 3:00:05
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Orrin Hatch

2:43:30 to 3:00:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Orrin Hatch

Orrin Hatch

2:43:37 to 2:44:00( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: quorum call: mr. hatch: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from u mr. hatch: i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call rescinded. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. hatch: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator is recognid. mr. hatch: mr. president, i rise today to speak about the recent college football season and the success enjoyed by our own university of utah football team. first of all, i want to mention

Orrin Hatch

2:44:01 to 2:44:22( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: that during last -- just awhile back, last week posts festivities, i had the oprtunity to meet with the university of utah marching band as they were in town to march and perform in the inauguration parade. i want t publicly recognize the members of the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints in ashburn, virginia, that offered their thoepls these musicians --

Orrin Hatch

2:44:23 to 2:44:44( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: to these musicians in the band, allowing them the once in a lifetime opportunity to perform for the president of the united states of america. the band would not have been able to make it to washington had it not been for the generosity of these private citizens who houd them and took care of them and fed them. and i appreciate their willingns to help some of my fellow utahans.

Orrin Hatch

2:44:45 to 2:45:05( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: my meeting with the band out in ashburn reminded me of what a wonderful year it has been for sports fans in my state. i'd like to publicly extend congratulations to the utah utes. on january 7 they capped a victory in the sugar bowl over

Orrin Hatch

2:45:06 to 2:45:26( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: highly favored alabama team. under the scrutiny of a national spotlight utah played with poise and precision silencing the naysayers who said that they could not compete with a national alabama. alabama had been rated number one for much of the season. this was utah's second

Orrin Hatch

2:45:27 to 2:45:48( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: undefeated season in five years demonstrating that the school's football team deserves to be considered among the country's elite college football programs. in particular i want congratulate a great person, coach kyl wittingham who on january 13 was named national coach of the year by the national football coach's association. what an honor.

Orrin Hatch

2:45:49 to 2:46:10( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: coach wittingham took over the head coaing job at utah four years ago following what was at theime -- or at most successful season in school history. the wittingham family is sort of a football institution in our state of utah, so fans and alumni had high expectations about the future of the program

Orrin Hatch

2:46:11 to 2:46:31( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and coach wittingham did not disappoint them. in each of utes finished with a winning record and won a bowl game. the university of utah won a bowl game in six consecutive seasons and been victorious in eight bowl appearance, the longest winning streak in

Orrin Hatch

2:46:32 to 2:46:54( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: college football. coach wittingham has been on the staff first as a defensive coordinator and now as a head coach. the utes have been led on the field by brian johnson. he won the mountain west conferences offensive player of the year award. he was also a

Orrin Hatch

2:46:55 to 2:47:15( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: numerous national quartbacks awards. brian's story is actually a very inspirational one. late in the 2005 season he suffered what is in many cases a career-ending injury when her to his a. -- tore his a.c.l. this injury forced him to sit out the entire 2006 season.

Orrin Hatch

2:47:16 to 2:47:36( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: men the first game of the 2007 season he was injured again and missed two more games. but he was able to finish the season leading the utes to a victory over navy. he returned for a season -- for his senior season fully healed and ready to take the team on his shoulders for what proved to

Orrin Hatch

2:47:37 to 2:47:57( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: be a historic season. one of the most popular of the utes' squad has been the quicker and punter louie sakota who was the mountain west special team player of the year and named to several all-american teams.

Orrin Hatch

2:47:58 to 2:48:18( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: nicknamed king louie, this 5 got 9, 178-pound captain is something of a celebrity in salt lake city. last year he offered himself as a date for a campus charity auction and drew the highest bid of any other sale. although ncaa restrictions kept

Orrin Hatch

2:48:19 to 2:48:39( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: him from going on the date his family can have you join any game -- if they just mention their son's name. he hased a celebrity to an ad campaign started by utah first lady aimed at combating teenaged drinking and driving. louie can be seen in tv commercials in utah urging teens

Orrin Hatch

2:48:40 to 2:49:00( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and anyone who has been drinking to -- quote -- "pump the keys." indeed the entire university of utah football team has bec the toast of every town in our state. even among those who typically root for the utah's -- for utah's other fine football programs. they have also become one of the

Orrin Hatch

2:49:01 to 2:49:21( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: most talked about teams in the college football nationwide. unfortunately the success enjoyed by the utah football team has been marred somewhat by the controversy surunding bowl championship series. the utes were the only football team in ncaa division i to

Orrin Hatch

2:49:22 to 2:49:42( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: finish the 2008 season undefeated. their season included victories against a powerhouse team in bingeham young universit oregon state, texas christian university and alabama, all of which finished the season ranked in the associated press top 256789 the latter two in the -- top 25.

Orrin Hatch

2:49:43 to 2:50:04( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: alabama spent much of the season ranked number one in the country, as i said before before losing to florida nearhe end of the season. yet deste these accomplishments, even if their perfect record and impressive schedule, the university of utah finished the season ranked second in the country.

Orrin Hatch

2:50:05 to 2:50:25( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: florida that won the b.c.s. championship had a good year. they other teams in the country. yet under the b.c.s. system this unbeaten utah team was denied an opportunity to even play for the national championship. now one has to wonder what more utah could have done with its

Orrin Hatch

2:50:26 to 2:50:46( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: season in order to get into the national championship game. it was interesting that the former utah coach under whom coach wittingham served, urban myer, had the championship team. we all admire him. he was a great coach out of utah d one of the greatest coaches in america today, along with

Orrin Hatch

2:50:47 to 2:51:07( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: coach wittingham. but, unfortunately, the answer to the question of what more could utah have done to have been able to play in the national championship game has even -- is even more disheartening than the question itself. the awer is: nothing. the fact of the matter is the utah team was left out of the

Orrin Hatch

2:51:08 to 2:51:28( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: national championship picture not due to any competive shortcoming, but because the b.c.s. system categorically excluded them from conseration. under the b.c.s. the champions of six -- six athletic conferences received automatic bids to play in the five most

Orrin Hatch

2:51:29 to 2:51:49( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: lucrative and prestigious bowl games. collectively these six conferences include 66 of the 119 teams in ncaa division i football. so in short nearly half of all college football teams begin the season virtually left b.c.s. picture.

Orrin Hatch

2:51:50 to 2:52:11( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: yet the b.c.s. still wts to call the winner of its championship game the -- quote -- "national champion." i don't know about you, mr. president, but that strikes me as -- as odd. of coue it needs to be acknowledged that teams from nonb.c. s.con play their way into a b.c.s. game. the university of utah did this

Orrin Hatch

2:52:12 to 2:52:32( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: year and in 2004. in other years teams from boise state and hawaii have earned bids to play b.c.s. bowl games. but in doing so these teams had to overcome serious competive disadvantages. for example it is virtually impossible for a school from a nonb.c. s.con frequence to get a

Orrin Hatch

2:52:33 to 2:52:55( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: b.c.s. bid without going undefeated in the regular season. and even that is not a guarantee. yet this past season each of the six b.c. s.con frequence champions -- conference champions had at least one season loss. three had two or more. two nonb.c.s. teams were

Orrin Hatch

2:52:56 to 2:53:17( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: undefeated after the 2008 season. texas christian university, another nonb.c.s. team, had only one loss and higher in the b.c.s. rankings than two of the conference champions with automatic only utah was invited to play in the b.c.s. game or in a b.c.s. game.

Orrin Hatch

2:53:18 to 2:53:38( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: these are the disadvantages non-b.c.s. teams must face just to get into one of the five prestigious b.c.s. bowl games. and while mere participation is an uphill battle, the system makes it virtually impossible for a non-b.c.s. team to win the national championship. the b.c.s. relies on a

Orrin Hatch

2:53:39 to 2:53:59( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: combination of polls and computer form lass to determine its rank -- formulas to determine its rankings, these polls have tended to favor the teams from the bigger b.c. s.con frequences, evidenced by the fact that no team from the outside conference finished atop

Orrin Hatch

2:54:00 to 2:54:21( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: a major football poll since 1984. so unless a team from a non-b.c. s.con frequence begins the season high in the ranking polls, they standirtually no chance of getting ranked high enough to play in the championship game. even if they go as my utes did.

Orrin Hatch

2:54:22 to 2:54:42( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: this system excludes teams like this year's utah team which began the season unranked and spent the season shocking opponents and exceeding expectations from national championship contention. the flaws of the might not be so bad if it helped to clear what traditionally had

Orrin Hatch

2:54:43 to 2:55:03( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: been a muddled national championship picture. but, unfortunately, that's not the case. in at least six of the last 10 years there has been substantial controversy over the selection of the teams to play for the championship. so the system is not only biased, it is ineffective as

Orrin Hatch

2:55:04 to 2:55:25( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: well. now, mr. president, the b.c.s. system is unfair, and, in my opinion, un-american. and i'm not just saying because my team was not treated fairly. i think i'm making the case that a lot of teams fairly.

Orrin Hatch

2:55:26 to 2:55:49( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: in no other sport in in country are champions -- in this country are champions are selected by arbitrary and bias polls and computer ranking system. the b.c.s. ensures that the millions of dollars -- and believe me, there are millions of dollars paid to the participants of these prestigious games, remain

Orrin Hatch

2:55:50 to 2:56:10( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: concentrated among a few conferences. such exclusion ordinary practices put teams from non-b.c. s.con frequences at a monetary and it's not right. this might not only be unfair in the normative sense, it may very well violate our nation's antitrust laws.

Orrin Hatch

2:56:11 to 2:56:32( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: i believe it does violate the nation's antitrust laws. in 1984 in ncaa enters, the supreme court determined that the ncaa is not exempt from the cher sherman antitrust act. that being the case college football, like most other industries in this country must conduct business in a manner

Orrin Hatch

2:56:33 to 2:56:53( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: that does not intentionally stifle competition or systemly favor specified competitors. specifically in the words of the sherman antitrust act, no -- quote -- "contract combination or conspiracy" may be undertaken to

Orrin Hatch

2:56:54 to 2:57:14( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: in my opini it is quite probable that the b.c.s. vietle the sherman -- violates the sherman requirements. in 2003 i chaired a series of judiciary committee hearings to investigate the antitrust implications of the b.c.s. i stated at that time that i believed the b.c.s. was

Orrin Hatch

2:57:15 to 2:57:35( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: anticompetitive and in dire need of reform. shortly afterward the b.c.s. added another bowl game and to some extent expanded the field of eligibility. however as this pt season demonstrates, these changes le terms of fairness and competition. the utah attorney general shares

Orrin Hatch

2:57:36 to 2:57:57( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: this view and is consulting with lawyers and investigators to determine if the b.c.s. system constitute an anti-trus litigation it appears that litigation over this be on the horizon. on two separate occasions president obama has publicly stated his concern about the fair necessary of the b.c.s. in his hope to see the creation

Orrin Hatch

2:57:58 to 2:58:18( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: after playoff system. therefore, it is not unreasonable to predict that a justice department investigation into the antitrust violation into the b.c.s. will be forthcoming. mr. president, i would prefer that reforms take place without putting the matter before the courts. in addition, given the many problems facing our nation, i hope that the justice department

Orrin Hatch

2:58:19 to 2:58:41( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: will not have to get involved in this issue. and while some have proposed the legislative fix, this also would not be my preferred solution, though ultimately this may end up being the only effective means of addressing these prlems. instead i would hope that those who have the power to change or eliminate the b.c.s., including

Orrin Hatch

2:58:42 to 2:59:03( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: the ncaa president as well as the university presidents will hear the public outcry against the b.c.s. and voluntarily work to reform the system to ensure that as in every other american sport championships a decided on the f bring temporary polls --

Orrin Hatch

2:59:04 to 2:59:24( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: arbitrary polls and commuter calculations. while playoffs seem like the natural solution, others may be available. that said, i want to say that the university of the utah football team, every member of the team, happen to be a champion. they went on the field with worthy competion all year long

Orrin Hatch

2:59:25 to 2:59:45( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: in a year when literally everyone else proved unable to do so. once again, i want to congratulate our great university of utah president, michael young, of course, coach wittingham, and every member of the team for what proved to be an exhilarating and tremendous season.

Orrin Hatch

2:59:46 to 3:00:05( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: i also want to congratulate other teams that qualified for bowl games in this country who were winners and deserve certainly the applause of all of us. mr. president, i hope this helps to bring this matter to a head, and i hope that we can change this system that really is an

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