Jeff Long’s “perfect world”

Sounds like Jeff Long, selection committee head, has a world view informed by Jeff Long, SEC AD:

What are your thoughts on divisions in conferences? The Big 12 doesn’t have them, the other power conferences do. You look at the contrast between the SEC West and the SEC East last season. Are they needed? Should conferences look a different direction on the matter?

Long: Everybody’s views are based on where they are. I think conferences need divisions. I can speak to my situation at Arkansas. I like a division because my fans want to see us battle for a West title. If we’re late in the season and we have a chance to battle for the West title, fans are more likely to come. I think this is in general as well. If you’ve fallen out of the West race, your numbers of no-shows for your tickets are going to increase. So if you just have one conference without a division, you’re going to fall out of contention earlier in that process. To me, from an AD’s point of view, I want to sell tickets, I want my stadium full because that’s a better environment for my student-athletes to hopefully win a game, the home-field advantage, all those things. I like divisions because I’m going to be in that hunt for a division title longer, that’s going to keep my fans engaged longer.

Currently not every conference has a championship game and not every conference plays the same amount of conference games. Ideally, do you feel it would it be best if every league played the same amount of conference games and they either all had a championship game or they all didn’t?

Long: In a perfect world, yes.

Could you envision a scenario where that could become possible somewhere down the road, maybe in five or 10 years?

Long: I think there would have to be more conference landscape changes for that to happen, from my point of view. Generally, broad statement, would I like to see that happen? Generally, I would. But college football is unique and I don’t think we all need to be homogenous. So I don’t have strong feelings about this conference or that conference must do this.

But it would be nice if the Big 12 did… for the selection committee.



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8 responses to “Jeff Long’s “perfect world”

  1. Well it would be nice if they at least had a conference champion for the selection committee.


  2. 69Dawg

    The easiest solution will be the expansion of the Playoff to eight games. That way all the Conferences get in and the fight is over the other 3 teams. This will be a lot easier than herding the cats that are the Power 5 conferences.


    • 6 teams…#1 and #2 get a bye, 6 plays 3, 5 plays 4 to set semifinals That is as big as I think it should be.


      • Dolly Llama

        No way a bye week in football is in any way, shape or form fair. Alabama gets to rest a week while the #3 and #6 teams get to bust their ass in a playoff game? No way I’ll ever think that’s fair.


        • Dog in Fla

          That’s a concept the Bammers can understand


    • Macallanlover

      Agree 69, unless we go to four 16 team conferences, you need eight. That isn’t perfect because folks will argue over the three subjective teams, but that is insignificant to leaving conference champions out, or giving two teams a bye. I don’t care how conference champions are determined, keep the NCAA out of it, as long as the process allows each conference to send their representative. Stops all the BS about being better or weaker. Play it off on the field and fill out the remaining three teams from the “people’s choices”. And do it now, why wait?


  3. Dog in Fla

    Well it would be nice if they at least had a song for Jeff


  4. Mayor

    How did this knucklehead get to be the chair of the committee that decides what teams will be playing for the NCAA D-IA National Championship?