By FREDERIC J. FROMMER
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has sent a pointed letter to the NCAA asking why there isn't a playoff system for college football.
The department has been urged to launch an antitrust investigation into college football's Bowl Championship Series, to ensure that some schools don't get preferential treatment in access to the national championship game.
The Justice Department's antitrust chief, Christine Varney, asked NCAA President Mark Emmert what steps have been taken toward a playoff system.
Varney told Emmert that his views would help the department decide the "best course of action" with the BCS.
BCS executive director Bill Hancock says he's confident that the BCS complies with the law. The NCAA didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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