As in generally the case, great finds from Get The Picture.
NCAA President Myles Brand in a Q&A with the Houston Chronicle.
Q: What do you see as the major issues against having a college football playoff in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A)?
A: I’m not inside those discussions, but let me give you my best sense of the matter. I think those (school) presidents take very seriously the regular season. They don’t want to, in any way, threaten the regular season and turn football into a tournament sport. Basketball is a tournament sport. They want to put the emphasis on the Saturday rivalries. That’s where the fans show the most interest. They are very much concerned about moving toward an NFL-type playoff system.
Bonus talk about money, and how elusive it might actually be despite proclamations to the contrary of mad scrilla come the day a playoff is created:
Q: Only six Division I programs are making money. How long can this go on?
A: I don’t know how long. Presidents’ lives are short — 4 1/2 for a public university and 6 1/2 for a private university. So presidents turn over. Eventually, you may get another group that thinks differently, so you can’t forever go forward with this. I don’t know if it will change. I don’t think in the near run it will. I don’t think there is as much money in (a football playoff) as people think. [Emphasis added.] A lot of the revenues are coming in through ticket sales and TV contracts on the regular season. I think you’re going to continue to see good TV contracts in the regular season. If you had a playoff, what would the size of those regular-season contracts be?
Chew on all that for a bit.
ALSO: Georgia Sports Blog comes out against a playoff. The list of people against a playoff in college football continues to grow. A decent handful of them are listed under "The Coalition" on the menu at left.