Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel, on last week's BCS meetings that smartly shelved a proposal for a 4-team playoff:
In the end it was too much. The commissioners believed that just the taste of something that exciting would lead to demands to rewrite the rules and create more.
"Even though we could construct barriers at this time, we felt like there could be easily an erosion of that; more pressure to add more teams with an ability to get to the national championship game as we went over time," Dan Beebe of the Big 12 said.
Fear of success was enough for some to scream for silence.
This is so incredibly dishonest. The people in charge aren't afraid of "success". What they realize is something that I've harped on here (and initially expressed by Get The Picture): mission creep. The four-team playoff proposal is a Trojan Horse and everyone knows it. It's an entry into the gates from where you can never go back. A four-team playoff would never stay at four teams. In essence, if the conference commissioners had approved of the SEC's proposal, they wouldn't so much be agreeing to a "modest" four-team playoff but an ever-expanding playoff.
This was quite intelligent on their part.
Wetzel is an unabashed playoff supporter. That's fine, but he's also incredibly insulting and demeaning to those who stand against it. There are plenty of legitimate reasons to oppose a playoff in college football (start here and then go here). He refuses to acknowledge them in his zeal to change the game, which makes him a dishonest broker in all of this.