Settling it on the conference room table

When you’ve got a process that’s born out of frustration with the SEC’s run in the BCS title game and fueled by last season’s all-SEC matchup, why would you expect anything different from this?

What used to be fuel for the news cycle in this interminable journey toward a major college playoff has devolved into a study in posturing. A war of words to protect turf, tradition and Tuscaloosa.

Don’t think so? Here we are, three weeks from when the playoff format could be revealed and the consensus builders seem to be deconstructing. To call it anything else would be refusing to sense the vibe that permeated the beginning of the SEC spring meetings that began on Tuesday.

“It’s just like politics and self-interest,” Nick Saban said. “Somebody wants to create a circumstance that’s going to help their situation or conference. That’s not in the best interest of college football.”

The best interest of college football?  When was this ever about that?

Look, there’s going to be a change.  There’s way too much money in a stand-alone national title game for even the most ardent conference defenders to avoid passing up.  But there is more than one way to skin that cat.  Every day that passes with more roadblocks to reaching a consensus on a four-team playoff, the more a plus-one fallback looks likely.

If you don’t think that’s going to happen, tell me which conference commissioner(s) is the candidate to back down and compromise.

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6 responses to “Settling it on the conference room table

  1. Scott W.

    It’s great how the conference with one NC in a decade wanted the home schedule. They bring nothing to the table and want you to eat at their house.

  2. Tommy

    The beauty of Twitter is that it enables dipshits like Hayes to by bypass their editors in order to breathlessly “report” something so utterly devoid of meaning: “A true standalone game with advertising, marketing, etc.”

    And this would be different how? Presently, there’s no ambiguity that the BCS championship game is THE championship, is there? And it hardly seems to lack for promotion and sponsorship.

  3. jagvocate

    The SEC / Big 12 “Champions Game” is the de facto way of playing into a “Plus One” model … In most years, the SEC Champ who defeats the Big 12 Champ will play the Rose Bowl Champ in a plus-one game for #1 … ACC/Big East will be (in most years) on the outside looking in …

  4. Mayor of Dawgtown

    “The best interest of college football? When was this ever about that?” That, sir, in a nutshell is the problem right there. Nobody seems to give a sh!t about what is best for the future of college football. Shame on all of them.

    • Dog in Fla

      “Nobody seems to give a sh!t about what is best for the future of college football.”

      Since when is max profit-taking not giving a sh!t? Don’t you want a better Amercia?