If anyone knows the sweet spot for the size of a college sport’s playoff field, Ohio State AD Gene Smith is your guy.
“You’ll always have somebody left out. I was (chair) of the (NCAA basketball tournament) selection committee and we put in 68, and people wanted to talk about 69 and 70. The reality is, this works and we’ll keep tweaking it to get better.”
I keed, I keed. Seriously, is that not as perfect an example of a total lack of self-awareness as you could imagine?
And, again, Gene baby, you didn’t stop at 68 because it worked. You stopped because you couldn’t get the networks to pony up enough jack for the privilege of broadcasting a 96-team show.
So we’ll see how perfect four teams are in light of news like this.
My bet is Gene will be telling us how much better the eight-team tweak is soon enough.