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Playoff not discussed at NCAA meetings

Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:50 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2011 7:51 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

NCAA leaders announced sweeping reforms on Wednesday following two days worth of meetings with university presidents at the association's headquarters in Indianapolis.

Everything from full cost of attendance scholarships to overhauling the enforcement structure was discussed but there was one topic that failed to make the agenda: a college football playoff.

Oregon State president Ed Ray, who is the chairman of the NCAA's Executive Committee, told Thursday that the idea of an NCAA-run playoff was mostly idle chatter for a select few presidents between sessions.

"That may have been a side conversation but it wasn't part of the formal conversation at all," Ray said. "It just never came up."

NCAA President Mark Emmert has said in the past that the NCAA does a fine job of running championships but, in the case of Football Bowl Subdivision, the general membership has not shown any interest in moving towards that format in the near future. Emmert responded to a Department of Justice inquiry in May by saying that there was no direction from the membership to do so. Ray confirmed that there was no sense that the organization was moving towards a playoff based on conversations this week.

"We weren't even focusing on it," he said. "There were obviously issues that were more germane to some than others. It really was a general discussion about what are the financial realities, how can we manage our costs more effectively and how can we make sure, within our budgets, we can do everything we can to be supportive of the student-athletes. They were the most important thing to us."

When the longtime administrator was asked if there was at least a building consensus behind the idea of exploring a playoff, he reiterated that the presidents were focused on more pressing matters in college athletics this week.

"I didn't hear any discussion of that," Ray said. "I couldn't even begin to guess where that (issue) is. It just didn't come up."


Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 12, 2011 4:05 pm

Playoff not discussed at NCAA meetings

The NCAA works for the college presidents.  If fans want a playoff, they should contact their school president and let him know.  Yapping about the BCS or bowl games is barking up the wrong tree. 

Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:31 pm

Solution is simple

Plan A: Don't watch any bowl games and don't buy tickets to any bowl games.

Obviously, people aren't going to do that, I only watch regular season games, it is not hard to do.

Plan B: Schedule tough non-conference game.

Upcoming games like LSU-Oregon, Florida State-Oklahoma, Miami(FL)-Ohio State, etc. does attract large crowd by the millions, if coaching staff and fans dislike the BCS system (like myself), then it should be encourage to schedule home-home games against other top teams from different conferences.

Fans have the power, but they only use it to complain. You want to support your team, don't support the BCS. Your team does it best to go on top and BCS just sit back and relax, see the record and pick just two teams to fight for the championship. In the end, these dipsh1t BCS people get so much money for doing absolutely nothing and you have to wake up and go to your 9am-5pm job the next day. Do you enjoy this? 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 9:14 pm

Typical of the NCAA

Once again, the NCAA has proven that they aren't tuned into what the fans who enable their giant machine want.  They take their biggest flaw, being the only sport in the NCAA or NAIA that doesn't determine a true champion in the arena of competition, and talk about it as if it were a strength.  
They have also proven once again that they are some of the biggest hypocrites in sports.  It's obvious that the bowls are running the show here.  The only question is, "why?"  And the only possible answer is that what the Fiesta Bowl got caught doing is the proverbial tip of the proverbial iceberg.  
Whenever trying to determine the true motives of an individual or group, the easiest and most accurate way is to always follow the money.  The NCAA is leaving over a billion dollars on the table by sticking with the old system; this is counterintuitive.  The only possible motivation is that it is in the self-interest of the people in the room to leave the system the way it is.  And the only possible reason for that is that the people sitting in the room are receiving perks from the bowl committees that they wouldn't receive if a playoff were in place.
The NCAA powers that be have already proven their hypocrisy by showering their coffers with green while not allowing student-athletes to take money from outside interests, making them the only students in the entire school who can't exercise their rights on the free market.  Now, they have chosen to show it once again by ignoring the biggest "hot button" issue in the game today.  
Thanks for nothing, NCAA.

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