FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The NCAA is telling the Justice Department that its questions about the lack of a playoff system for college football are best directed to another group — the Bowl Championship Series.

NCAA President Mark Emmert, responding to a pointed letter from the department, said his organization has no role in the BCS, other than licensing bowl games. He added that without direction from its member colleges and universities, “there is no directive for the (NCAA) to establish a playoff.”

In a letter to Emmert this month, the department’s antitrust chief, Christine Varney, said there were “serious questions” about whether the BCS complies with antitrust laws.

Emmert said that questions about the current system “can best be answered” by the BCS.