Always on Slive’s mind

Plus-one, Mike Slive can’t quit you.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said the plus-one model will “very much” be on his mind during discussions in the coming months about the future of the Bowl Championship Series.

But before you start popping the champagne corks, you might want to read the fine print.

“For the last six years, looking at it from our own prism, we were better off without it,” Slive said. “The current format worked great for us. If I knew that for six more years it was going to work this way then I wouldn’t be for the plus-one. But I think the law of averages catches up over time.

“Knowing that any team in our league with one or two losses is one of the top two teams in the country, then I’d have to think very hard about the plus-one absent other kinds of changes. There may be other changes that are laid out on the table that need to be clearly thought out. But we’ll go to the table with the plus-one very much in mind.”  [Emphasis added.]

There’s a tendency to look at the rumored support for the plus-one coming out as being monolithic – sort of the Big Ten (plus Notre Dame) against the world.  The reality is that on this front, just like everything else in college football these days, it’s every conference for itself.  Mike Slive is going to look for the most favorable postseason format he can get for the SEC.  It’s doubtful that the Big 12 is going to see eye-to-eye with him on that.

The good thing is that Jim Delany isn’t the kind of guy who’s going to exploit differences like tha… wait, what?

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5 responses to “Always on Slive’s mind

  1. Lrgk9

    SEC will do just fine with anything decided on the field.

  2. Spence

    I give this post a +1.

    I’ll be here all night. Try the goose. Merry Christmas.

  3. Macallanlover

    Slive’s comments are illustrative of what is lacking in CFB and why it continues to bounce erratically like a pinball: school, conference, and NCAA leaders all take a micro view of what is needed, no one has a big picture view. What is needed is not how Slive and the SEC feel based on one individual year, for just their best interests, we need leaders who look at what is best going forward for CFB over the long term. The right decision isn’t how to get the SEC the most faux titles. No wonder we can’t move forward in a way that considers all regions, and includes fans, players, schools, etc.

    It is thinking like Delany’s, Slive’s Gee’s, Emmert’s etc. that allows us to have spastic, knee-jerk conference expansion, and a BCS title game that involves two schools from the same conference that have already played once this year with “all the marbles” on the table…..and the decision to do so made by coaches who didn’t even have the chance to see other teams play along with computer nerds who probably cannot even find a stadium on any campus. His comments are just what you would have expected. And you wonder how we got to the low state of officiating in this conference with a “leader” like this?

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      +1. This post is a metaphor for what is wrong with the country period, not just college football.

      • Macallanlover

        True dat. I have never seen the country so polarized, and i doubt it has been since the mid-1800s. I thought we were divided in the 60’s but that was child’s play compared to this fracture. Not sure Humpty Dumpty can be put back together again. Like Slive, and Charlie Sheen, it is all about “winning” (which means someone is losing.) Wise people can find win/win solutions, especially if they look further out than their own shadow.