The 2014 College Playoff Series Debates
The debate continues over who will actually select the teams that will participate in the post season playoffs for NCAA College Football Championship… or who will select the selection committee… and who will approve them.
It seems that no one can think of anybody that does not have some sort of vested interest in the decisions. University presidents and athletic directors surely cannot be counted on to make unbiased decisions… and coaches… forget it.
So who will it be? Perhaps we should let president Obama make up the list… but wait a minute… where did he go to school? Do you begin to see the problem here?
All of this means that the people most responsible for the development of football in the United States won’t even be eligible to have a say so in who plays in the College Football Playoff in 2014. The various league commissioners probably won’t get to sit in on the selection but it may be possible that some athletic directors will.
Bill Hancock has been working on this project for several years now. First it was with the BCS set up which never really sat very well with many people and now he seems to be doing the same job but with a new title and a new mandate for action.
Most NCAA football fans want a national playoff series similar to that which we have in basketball. The ‘Sweet Sixteen’… ’Elite Eight’… and ‘Final Four’ format is just too attractive to pass on. Just imagine how much fun and excitement it could bring to post-season play.
So, if we leave out the coaches and commissioners, who are the guys who actually know the most about the teams and the game, who are we left with? Administrators such as AD’s, retired administrators and coaches or even politicians or business leaders will probably be called on the make the choices.
At present the task of picking the playoff teams for NCAA football is not so difficult because they are only talking about picking the top four teams to go at it. There is a strong move underway to expand that number to 16… 32… 64.
LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva told reporters during a break in the meetings, “I think we’ve got to have a defined set of criteria. It has to pass the eyeball test. It has to be pretty transparent.”
Then Bill Hancock summed it all up, “The bottom line is there is a whole lot that we don’t know.”