pulse of America clearly resonates with a desire for a. IA
administrators, student-athletes, sportswriters, coaches, and, of course … the
fans - all demand a college football
playoff! But a pertinent question
is: to what extent is the desire
for a playoff?
indicates that more than 4 out of 5 fans want a playoff; and practically
9 out of 10 student-athletes believe a playoff is necessary.
In a July
2000 survey of Div. IA Administrators∫,
the results show overwhelming support for a college football playoff:
The Chronicle of Higher Education 9/19/97
Some Athletic Administrators Fear That Too Much Power is being
Centralized in a Few Conferences
1993, the NCAA authorized a committee, which included Cedric Dempsey (President
of NCAA), which studied the bowl games, television ratings, success of the Final
Four tournament … it’s report
presented the case for a (Div. IA football) playoff in highly favorable terms.
July 24, 2000 -
Les Robinson, North Carolina State University Director of Athletics
“I have studied (the subject
of a college football playoff) for two years
and find no valid reason why
there should not be a play-off.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education 9/1/93 Walt
Disney Company Aims for College-Football
The Walt Disney Company would like to work its magic to make the dream of a college football
playoff come true. The Disneyland
Classic, as it would be called …
16 Jul 2000
N. Texas Athletic Director
“The future of college athletics may well rest on the decision to have
a college football playoff where all Div. IA programs are included.”
17 Jul 2000
”As one who has long fought the notion of a playoff in football, I am
now of the mind that we must have one if we are to allow all Division I teams
the legitimate opportunity to play their way into a championship; fairness and
some ostensible attempt to be equitable supports this conclusion, I
Excerpts of article by Richard Rosenblatt – Associated Press
“In an effort to focus on a championship game, we’re
putting all the other bowls in a negative position,” Big East
commissioner Mike Tranghese said. “It’s like
being half pregnant. Either have a
playoff or stop worrying about a 1-2 game.”
Big 12 commissioner Steve Hatchell knows the new system isn’t perfect, either.
“It’s clear it doesn’t answer all the questions.
The super alliance is the third in a progression.
Everyone would like to have a sorting out, have it resolved on the
Coach Tom Osborne
says, “I have respect for both polls. It’s
just sad we’re still dealing with polls.
You wish there was a playoff.” Coaches
such as Penn State’s Joe Paterno and Florida’s
would like to see a playoff, while Washington State’s Mike Price figures
it’s bound to happen sooner or later.
Jul 2000 Toledo
“The reasons stated by the Div. I Commissioners for NOT going to a
playoff are self-serving and can all be traced to the fact that the NCAA would
control the playoffs as opposed to the Commissioners, who totally control the
bowl setup now. Talk about political.”
Jul 2000 Univ.
California Berkeley Head Football Coach
“I am all for a playoff system. It would generate revenue for schools,
bring more excitement to the post season and eliminate the current sub-par
Jul 2000 BYU
“I would enthusiastically support a college football playoff. I can
think of no good reason why there currently is no playoff other than simple
greed by conferences that currently are getting all the money. They do not want
to share it. Most of the traditional arguments in favor of the current bowl
structure are shallow.”
A Swiss-based marketing company, ISL, puts
forth a $3.006 billion proposal promoting a college football playoff.
Jul 2000 UTEP
“I definitely believe that a playoff in Division I college football is
a step in the right direction. It has worked well for basketball, and could be
the same for football. It would certainly be a more equitable approach than the
current Bowl Alliance.”
“I’m not here to say
there will never be a college football playoff,” Bowl Championship Series
coordinator Roy Kramer told the Associated Press.
“But I don’t believe it will be run by someone in Switzerland.”
Jul 2000 Kansas
“Yes, a playoff is most desirable and we would support it. Many
opinions will be expressed as to why not to have a playoff, but the balance of
considerations definitely supports a playoff.”
20 Jul 2000 Marshall
AD “I would say yes to a play-off system for Div. IA football for the primary
reason of truly identifying a champion, as currently done in all other
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Sports officials at the Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, and Sugar Bowls; Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Eight, Southeastern, and Southwest
Athletic Conferences; and Notre Dame – concluded that a new system was needed because
increasingly vocal calls for the creation of a playoff system, especially from
fans and sports.
17 Jul 2000 Univ.
of New Mexico AD “Yes, the Univ. of New Mexico would support a Div. IA
Football Playoff. There are no
valid reasons why there should not be a playoff. Currently, it is a big money maker for a few select
· The Chronicle of Higher Education 5/19/93 Nike to Pump Millions Into College Football
and the Creative Artist Agency proposes $105 million post-season college
Aug 2000 San Diego State Univ. AD “Yes, there should be a Div. I
College Football Playoff and in fact, it is wrong not to have one.”
· NCAA.org 7/17/00 Committee recommends in-depth study of college football
The Division I Football Issues Committee is recommending that the Association conduct a comprehensive study of college football, especially revenue-distribution opportunities that could be generated from various alternative postseason models, and review the overall structure of college football to determine if it provides the highest quality of postseason participation.
∫ President and Athletic Director survey results include no response from Big Ten and Pac 10
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