Jerry Hinnen’s got all the details here.
… With all three Big Ten A.D.’s saying much the same thing within a matter of minutes of each other, it couldn’t really be much more obvious: despite Delany’s backing, the on-campus semifinal proposal has failed within the Big Ten. And it’s certainly not going to get any traction elsewhere, with the number of other conferences willing to risk playing a national semifinal in a Midwestern midwinter numbering somewhere between zero and zero. The idea is dead.
He’s got the same question about that as I do. Why give that up? Surely it’s not all about a Rose Bowl fetish. (It’s not like Nebraska’s Harvey Perlman’s been a fixture on the subject for decades.) And if it’s about having a chit to trade for other concessions in the post-BCS haggling – Delany’s conference champs-only proposal being the most obvious one – why give it up publicly now?
I’m not buying this “bowls or bust” rationale, either. You can structure a small playoff with on-campus semis that still leaves the bowls intact. It just takes a little effort.
And just to show you how absurd this gets, rather than stand his ground on the more fan-friendly on-campus sites, Michigan State’s athletic director hopes instead that the NCAA will help families pay for the travel expense of going to an additional postseason game. (I assume that wouldn’t extend to Michael Adams’ family.)
Honestly, I can’t figure this one out. Anyone out there have a clue?