Man, it turns out that Ellis Johnson is pretty handy with a quip. Who knew from his time in Columbia? I don’t know if he was simply being deferential to his old boss, or if he didn’t want to outshine him on the wit front, but he’s not holding back now.
Even better, and definitely unlike Spurrier, it turns out that Johnson is on the side of the angels in the playoff debate. Here’s his great quote about the inevitability of an expanded postseason:
“Sooner or later, it’s going to go from picking the two best teams at the end of the year, now we’re going to pick four,” argues Johnson. ”Whoever the fifth one is going to cry until they have eight. Once we have eight, someone’s going to start crying until we have nine.
“Basketball right now has 6,048 or something like that. I don’t know how many they have in the brackets, but the last team that didn’t get picked is still crying.”
And I’m really digging his cynicism about the super-duper selection committee.
And what about this committee that is supposed to replace the computer system and decide who will take the field come playoff time? Who will this committee consist of? What criteria will they measure a team by? “You got your Republicans, you got your democrats, I don’t know how you trust anybody,” coach Johnson colorfully put it.
I wonder what he thinks about who won the SEC East last year.