Not that his opinion matters one whit more than does mine, but Mark Emmert is a fan of the plus-one.
NCAA President Mark Emmert would support a four-team playoff in college football — as long as the field doesn’t grow.
After giving his annual state of the association speech Thursday in Indianapolis, Emmert acknowledged he would back a small playoff if that’s what Bowl Championship Series officials decide to adopt.
The reason he doesn’t want the field to grow? It’s because D-1 players are a bunch of pussies.
… He gave a thumbs-down to a full-blown playoff, which the conferences likewise largely reject.
“I’ve always said trying to move toward an eight-team playoff, (to a) 16-team or whatever permutation, I think is highly problematic,” he said. “Simply because, in my opinion, that’s too much to ask a young man’s body to do in an extended period of time like that. It adds too many games. It intrudes into the school year. It’s just too high a burden, I think.”
His concern is touching. His logic not so much. Why isn’t it too high a burden for the five-round FCS tournament?
I bet I know what would change his mind.
… Emmert has long said he expected changes to the BCS system and has repeatedly offered to help the BCS debate if they want it. The NCAA licenses bowl games, but does not run them. It also has no direct authority over the BCS system.
Give the NCAA control over the football playoffs and Emmert will have those kids whipped into shape in no time at all… well, in the time it’ll take to renegotiate the TV contracts.