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The AP is reporting that all the BCS commissioners are finally on-board with recommending a four team, three game playoffs. The effort is being led by SEC commissioner Mike Silve, which sort of makes sense since the SEC has dominated college football, winning 8 of the 13 national championships, including the last 6 years in a row. The BCS leadership will recommend this new plan to its conferences, tweak it as needed and then get various levels of approval, including that from university presidents. This last one will likely be the toughest sell because any change to the current bowl system may undermine the giant revenues universities make from playing in bowl games. But if everything goes well — and it looks like it will, — final approval for the playoffs
will be given on July 4th. (How patriotic.) was give on June 26th.
Part of the reason the playoff system will likely be approved — besides the fact that fans that have been clamoring for one for years and that it’s very conspicuously the only sporting system without one — is that the powers that be may not have much choice: shortly after his 2009 inauguration, President Obama said that we need a college playoff system. His comment stemmed from the fact that following the 2008 season, there were three 1-loss teams – Florida, Oklahoma and Texas, — which left it up to computers and polls to decide which two of them would end up in the national championship game (it was Florida and Oklahoma; the former won 21-14). And to add insult to injury, the only undefeated team (Utah), wasn’t even allowed to prove itself because it was widely considered to not be quite up to par in playing with the big dogs.
It looks like Obama followed through on this issue, because in May of 2011 the Department of Justice began an investigation on why the NCAA does not use a playoff system, hinting that there may be anti-trust issues at play. That legal pressure, on top of the immense pressure from the fans, may have finally been enough to tip the scales in favor of the playoffs.
(Updated to reflect the actual agreement reached.)
From The AP
From CBS Sports
Now that former Florida football coach Urban Meyer has officially left his commentator gig at ESPN and accepted the head coach position at Florida’s quasi-rival OSU, some OSU and most Florida fans are up in arms. Here’s why, in Meyer’s own words:
“At this time in my life, however, I fully grasp the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field. The decision to step down was a difficult one. [...] I will profoundly miss coming to campus every day to coach this team, but I will always be a Gator at heart.” – From his resignation announcement, December 8th, 2010
“I am committed to ESPN and will not pursue any coaching opportunities this fall. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the people at ESPN this spring and remain very excited about my role with the network this fall”. — May 30th, 2011
“When rumors are out there — last week, a guy hit me with something, ‘Did you meet with so and so?’ Of course not. I don’t know how those things get printed, just, ‘Source says.’ Who’s your source? A guy walking down the street? Those things bother me, but it comes with the job, I guess.” — When asked about how he deals with speculation about coaching at OSU, October 13th, 2011
“I am very happy with my role at ESPN, I have no plans to return to coaching at this time.” — November 11th, 2011
“I can only tell you what Urban just texted me back about rumor that he has accepted job at Ohio State — ‘No truth to it.’” — Journalist Pat Dooley, via Twitter, November 18th, 2011
“Well there’s no truth to that. I know it’s that time of year, but I have not been offered any job and I have certainly not accepted any job.” — November 19th, 2011
“I’m in a good place right now mentally and physically. So if something happens with Ohio State, I’ll have a decision to make. But there has been no interview. There has been no offer to make a decision about.” — the day after his first contact with OSU, November 21st, 2011
“I have not been offered any job nor is there a deal in place. I plan on spending Thanksgiving with my family and will not comment on this any further.” — November 23rd, 2011
“A year ago in my mind I was convinced I was done coaching. Then I moved away. I didn’t realize I’d miss it so bad. [...] But for the coaching position at the Ohio State University, I would not have coached this coming year. [...] Florida was my dream job. I will always be a Gator. However, this is my home state and it’s great to be back home.” — From the press conference announcing his new position at OSU, November 28th, 2011
Every Florida fan feels like they just got the it’s-not-you-it’s-me routine. At least Steve Spurrier left for better pastures in the NFL and failed miserably before returning to coach a rival team. Meyer on the other hand, resigned for apparently no reason — over the course of 11 months, his health and family became a non-issue. Pat Dooley says he just needed a sabbatical, and that Florida’s program is broken, while OSU’s is not; in other words, Florida was too much to deal with for Meyer.
The Associated Press is reporting that the Justice Department antitrust chief has sent a letter to the president of the NCAA asking him to explain why they don’t use a playoff system in college football, adding that the BCS system “may not be conducted consistent with the competition principles expressed in the federal antitrust laws”. Utah’s attorney general is apparently also preparing for a lawsuit against the BCS, on similar grounds. In related history, the NCAA has been saying for a while that they would move to a playoff system if the major schools wanted one, and bin Laden-killing President Obama made an early promise to try to do something about the lack of playoffs in college football. Hopefully the Justice Department will be as successful as the Navy SEALs.