April 25, 2012
Lets state the obvious... the powers at be in college football are stupid
Why hasn't there been a FBS playoff in college football yet? Even though the lower levels of college football have it? Even though the pros have it? Even though high school and pee wee football has it? Because the bureaucratic dynamics of universities around the country are so pathetic, even when they actually change the postseason format to a playoff, they can't call it a playoff.
No wonder it takes universities four months to approve a new lamp post in the quad.
...the “plus-one” plan that Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive and Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford first proposed four years ago — four teams play two semifinals plus the title game — is hilariously being officially referred to by the BCS as a “four-team event.”
“I’ve never called it a playoff,” Slive reiterated Wednesday after the second official day of BCS meetings here this week involving conference commissioners, television executives and handpicked bowl and university officials.
Yet, no matter how much Slive and the BCS believe they have to spin the “plus-one” to not frighten politically correct university presidents, it is a playoff.
As much as I love college football, this is ridiculous. The reason they don't want to call it a playoff is because they don't want to make it seem like they're going away from the bowl system. Because the bowls make money, and a cheap-ass bowl victory means donors will pony up more cash and heaven forbid universities and college football are actually honest with us.
I mean it's not a playoff? Teams play and advance to a championship game. ITS A PLAYOFF. And they're not called student athletes, they're called players you take advantage of while making millions of dollars and turning the other way at low graduation rates.