Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany doesn’t want a D-1 football playoff. I mean, he really doesn’t want a playoff.
It’s not just Michael Adams’ recent playoff pitch that hasn’t gone over too well with Delany. He’s less than thrilled with Mike Slive’s playoff-lite pitch for a “plus one”.
In opposing the seeded “plus one”, Delany does make the argument that bothers me about playoffs the most.
“We’ve never seen a four-team playoff stay as a four-team playoff,” Delany said. “So if you are concerned, and we are, about an eight-team, 12-team, or 16-team playoff and what it would do to college football, we don’t believe that you allow the camel’s nose (into) the tent with a four-team playoff…”
But then he goes on to… I don’t want to say threaten, exactly… ah, what the heck, threaten the non-BCS conferences with a little downside from a seeded tourney:
“It may well be that people are open-minded. It would be disingenuous for me to say I’m open-minded about it if I’m not. I wonder how open-minded the five conferences that have just been given access to the BCS would be, because there’s no need for a fifth bowl if you pick four teams and seed them and then play. Why would we need a fifth bowl?”
Yeah, it’s crappy and it sounds ominous. But the man has a point, unfortunately. (In fact, you could question why we need a fourth BCS game with a seeded “plus one”, but let’s not give Delany any more ideas right now.)
Does anybody get the feeling this is gonna be one ugly fight coming up?