Wednesday, November 19, 2008


President-elect Barack Obama would like a college football playoff, but to the surprise of no one, the BCS’s Big Cheese’s response to his comments were tepid at best.

BCS coordinator, and ACC Commish, John Swofford responded to a stepped-up playoff push by Obama that was broadcast on CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday.

WHAT SWOFFORD SAID: "First of all I want to congratulate newly elected President Obama and I am glad he has a passion for college football like so many other Americans. For now, our constituencies -- and I know he understands constituencies -- have settled on the current BCS system, which the majority believe is the best system yet to determine a national champion while also maintaining the college football regular season as the best and most meaningful in sports. We certainly respect the opinions of president-elect Obama and welcome dialogue on what's best for college football."

WHAT SWOFFORD MEANT: "Blah, blah, blah. Mind your own damn business, you’ve got your own problems. Blah, blah, blah."

Obama has now said more than once that he will use his influence to push for a playoff. According to Obama's proposed system, eight teams would play over three rounds to settle the national champion.

"It would add three extra weeks to the season," he said. "You could trim back on the regular season. I don't know any serious fan of college football who has disagreed with me on this. So, I'm going to throw my weight around a little bit. I think it's the right thing to do."

Former North Carolina coach (and current coach of some Big 12 school, we aren’t sure which one) Mack Brown said he's a big fan of Obama's idea.

"Send the best eight teams and let them play it off," Brown said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "There's a lot of good teams that are going to be left out of the BCS this year. What I would welcome is more conversation [about changing the BCS system]. I really wish we could hammer out some ideas and get it down to what's workable ... whether we do it now or three or four years from now. In most years, there are going to be six to 10 teams better than the others and it's tough to say who is best without a playoff."

(Photos by Getty Images and Reuters)

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