It looks like Louisville is set to name Charlie Strong as its new head football coach today or tomorrow. He deserves his shot.
Dawgnation’s reaction to the hire? In the immortal words of Monty Python…
Rank Team Votes (top five) 1 Alabama 212 (212) 2 TCU 212 (208) 3 Cincinnati 211 4 Oregon 210 5 Florida 209 6 Texas 208 7 Boise State 207 8 Ohio State 200 9 Georgia Tech 196 10 Iowa 173 11 Virginia Tech 120 12 LSU 119 13 Penn State 80 14 Miami 40 15 Pittsburgh 35 16 BYU 22 17 Nebraska 18 18 Oregon State 15 19 Stanford 14 20 Arizona 8 21 Clemson 6 21 West Virginia 6 23 Central Michigan 4 24 Mississippi 3 24 Oklahoma State 3
That is the final regular season poll. We will have a last vote after the bowl games are finished. If you weren’t a participant last year, the process is slightly modified in that you’ll vote for a first place team, a group at 2-5 (both for tie breaking purposes) and a remaining seven.
Don’t think I’ve been ignoring anyone’s comments about the mechanics and procedures from this season’s voting. Tidefan and I have been monitoring things carefully and will be weighing changes after the season is over (assuming there’s interest in having a 2010 Mumme Poll, of course). So keep those cards and letters coming, folks.
When Joe Barton speaks about college football playoffs, don’t expect logic to enter into the discussion.
Republican congressman Joe Barton, of Arlington, says he’s not for big government, but he does think Texas Christian University’s perfect season illustrates the need for government to get involved in the way college football champions are crowned.
I guess that means he’s in favor of semi-big government. (I had to get that Dan Jenkins reference in there, since Barton was talking to TCU fans.)
Meanwhile, for those of you who naively continue to insist that playoffs don’t necessarily mean extended playoffs, I’ve got news for you. They do.
Talks are underway to move the NCAA “March Madness” basketball tournament to cable next year — and perhaps expand the number of teams, according to reports…
The proposal under discussion would increase the number of teams from 65 to 96 — adding another week to the competition, the report said.
The top 32 teams in the ranking would receive byes in the first round…
Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice – well, you know the rest of that story.
On the one hand, it sucks that ESPN continues to relegate Ron Franklin to its lower tiered bowl broadcasts. On the other hand, it’s great for us Dawg fans that the Independence Bowl is one of those lower tiered bowl broadcasts. (h/t DawgsOnline)
I’ve got a working theory that if the BCS does in fact go down one day, we’ll be able to trace its demise to the hiring of Ari Fleischer. I mean, here’s a guy who’s probably the most disliked White House press secretary since Ron Ziegler and who’s associated with the political party currently out of power during a period when the BCS powers-that-be have grown concerned about political pressure for a D-1 football playoff. All in all, it’s a remarkably tone deaf decision, one that could wind up ranking with rolling out the Edsel.
And it’s good to see that Fleischer is already living down to my expectations.
Take this Wall Street Journal piece that popped up last week. It got some Internet chatter over Rep. Barton’s meaningless playoff bill possibly coming up for Congressional consideration, but nobody seems to have latched onto this quote of Fleischer’s that appeared near the article’s end:
“The more he dug into it – the more he realized the BCS is a moneymaking cartel,” said a spokesman for Mr. Barton, Sean Brown.
The reality of the BCS is “just the opposite,” a BCS spokesman, Ari Fleischer, responded. “There is more money to be made if we had a playoff, but the price would be a diminished regular season and the end of the bowls as we know them.” [Emphasis added.]
Taken as a whole, that is a lot of bovine fecal matter crammed into one sentence. Look, I’m as anti-extended playoffs as anyone I know, but even I’m willing to concede that there are playoff formats that could be judiciously designed that wouldn’t negatively affect the regular season or the bowls.
But the kicker is his “more money” comment. Either Ari is talking completely out of his derriere when he says that – no great surprise there – or he’s just conceded that his masters are full of it when they engage in their hand-wringing exercise over not killing the golden goose of college football’s revenue stream. Given that it’s Fleischer, I’d bet on the former, but in any event he’s given playoff proponents a wonderful club with which to bludgeon the BCS brass. If nothing else, he should make for an entertaining witness at the next Congressional hearing. Even Joe Barton’s not dumb enough to miss on that one.
Some nuggets to nibble on today…
UPDATE: Ed Gunther’s final analysis of the SECCG results is short and sweet.
… Think about it this way – Bama played they way they normally do, both on offense and defense. Florida played they way Alabama opponents usually do.