I hope I don’t shock some of you with this, but Bill Hancock sounds like a dope here:
“I don’t think conference expansion will change the attitude of the schools about a playoff. It’s very clear that the schools and conferences are not moving toward a playoff and I just can’t see expansion changing that.”
While I’m highly skeptical that we’re on the verge of seeing a radical reconstruction of the D-1 landscape as a result of conference expansion, imminent Big Ten meeting or not, if it were to happen, I have a hard time seeing how a playoff doesn’t become more attractive to the Big Six under certain conditions – namely, the creation of a few super conferences which would allow the wealth from college football to remain concentrated in the hands of the elite.
Maybe he’s afraid that if he acknowledges that there’s a potential crack of the door being opened, he won’t be able to control what happens, but it’s not the most artfully worded response. Especially since he says that he doesn’t have any more of a clue about expansion than the rest of us.
Q: What do you anticipate happening with conference expansion?
A: I know the conferences will do what’s best for them, and those of us who are involved will sit back and observe. There’s no doubt with all the talk that we’re hearing, it’s a topic on everybody’s mind, but the fact, is no one really knows what’s going to happen. The conferences will do whatever’s best for them, and I think many of us, like the fans, are interested to see what happens.