Who else but Get The Picture:
A couple of days ago, I linked to a story in USA Today about how the NCAA was looking to expand the playoffs for 1-AA football to 18 games.
Well, according to the same paper, it looks like the NCAA is just getting started.
The championship and competition cabinet last week forwarded a proposal to the NCAA’s board of directors to enlarge the current 16-team field to 18 beginning in 2008. Cabinet chair Carolyn Femovich says that is the first step toward a field of 24 in the near future.
“I think that’s the ideal number we’re shooting for,” says Femovich, executive director of the I-AA Patriot League. “The cabinet heard loud and clear that future expansion could be both warranted and necessary to provide access to all of our qualified conferences and members.”
In case you’re wondering, that’s 24 schools out of 120 total in Division 1-AA. For now, of course…
Got that Plus One fans? It doesn't stop there. This is bureaucracy we're talking about here, and interests who are at a trough. Once you create something, it just grows and expands and changes course from its limited intended purpose. Call it "mission creep", call it bugaboo, call it whatever - it sucks.
Those of you quibbling over a four-team playoff or an eight team or a sixteen ... I'm not sure that you understand that whatever you think is right, the future course is already set for massive expansion. You and I may disagree about not having a playoff versus having an eight-team framework but in the end we'll both lose because that beast won't stay in its cage.
The only power here in having a say about the direction of the sport is in saying "yes" or "no". Count me as a strong "no".