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Shurtleff plans to talk BCS and new book with Pres. Obama

Shurtleff plans to talk BCS and new book with Pres. Obama



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's Attorney General says he plans to talk college football's Bowl Championship Series and give President Obama a copy of his new book on Dred Scott when he meets him during a holiday reception Tuesday at the White House.

"I am really going to try and talk college football," Shurtleff told KSL Newsradio Monday. "The plan is to hand him a copy of my book, and if I get a chance, I will definitely mention BCS."

The hope would be to get Pres. Obama, a supporter of a college football playoff, to give a nudge to the U.S. Department of Justice. Shurtleff wants the department to join and spearhead a lawsuit against the BCS.

"The key is to convince Christine Varney, who is the antitrust chief," Shurtleff said.

Shurtleff's office is currently wrapping up a 3-inch-thick notebook on the facts, antitrust laws and a recommendation that the department take up the lead on the lawsuit. He says a meeting with Varney isn't likely before the first of the year, but he hopes it will happen early in 2010.

Shurtleff also is planning to hand Pres. Obama a copy of his new book, "Am I Not a Man, the Dred Scott Story." It's a novel about the famed slave who sued for freedom.

"Obviously my book is something I think he'll find of interest," Shurtleff said. "I think it's important for him to get that in his hands and, yeah, I'm looking forward to it."

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com

Andrew Adams

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