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Jan062008

Straight From The Horse's Mouth

"The one thing [all] of us are in agreement on is there isn't going to be a playoff"

- Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese

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A seeded plus-one system is a 4-team playoff, no matter what they call it. I image if they go with a plus-one, they'd go with the pure plus-one just so they can avoid having anyone call it a playoff.

Also, it doesn't help the credibility of any of the "leaders" of the sport to keep bringing up academics as part of their objection to any type of playoff. If academics ever mattered to them, they would not have allowed a 12th game to be added to the regular season, conference championship games, or college football games on any day other than Saturday.
January 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarty
And so it appears, Marty, that academics don't matter to you either since you press for more games....

Tell you what, let's just see how much money everyone can make off of these college guys without paying them any more than what we do now. As long as there is a (alleged) "true" champion, will that satisfy you?

Maybe if the performers start complaining, we can move the work to China at lower wages.
January 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMJ
MJ, try reading my post again. I never said nor implied that academics didn't matter to me, no matter how you think it appears.

I don't believe the "more games would hurt academics" bullshit that they keep throwing out, especially since their actions don't match their words. If you chose to believe the sincerity of their academic concerns regardless of what they've actually done (allowing a 12-game season, etc.), go right ahead.
January 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMJ
That last post was by me, not sure how MJ got listed as the author.
January 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarty
Marty,

The Conference Commissioners did not vote for the 12th game. The NCAA Board of Directors did. Then the NCAA raised the academic requirements as well. This is the same organization that signed a $6 Billion contract with CBS for March Madness.

The quote you are referring to is from the Big East Commissioner. The only two Conference Commissioners who have been consistent throughout the whole thing are the Pac-10 and Big Ten. Neither has a conference championship game and neither wants a playoff.

When you say "they", make sure you are defining who is actually saying those words rather than lumping them all together to support your position. Even at the upper levels, there are varying opinions.

Either way, playing more games has absolutely nothing to do with any of these universities' core mission. A growing number of faculty believe these players are not being compensated fairly and their academic performance suffers from the time commitment they currently have. Go here for that information:
http://www.knightcommission.org/about/faculty_perceptions_of_intercollegiate_athletics_executive_summary
January 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMJ
Shhh... let them think a plus one system is not a playoff. Anything that's a step in that direction is good, and a playoff is a step in the right direction.
January 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGatorDave
Oh, my, gawd. More hilarity from my favorite humor site on the web.

When two teams play a game and the winner of said game is declared the championship, this is not a playoff.

When four teams play a game and the winners of the first game play each other in the next game and the winner of the second game is declared the champion, this is not a playoff.

This sounds like an homage to Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck..."

If Mike Tranghese says this is not a playoff, then you might not be a playoff.

Too funny.

And the humor writes itself.

If the organizers of the BCS say Monday's night game is not a championship, then you might not be a playoff.

If Mike Silve says the plus one model is not a playoff, then you might not be a playoff.

Settle down. Everyone can write their own "you might not be a playoff."
January 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbevo

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