Mel Tucker’s guide to Pac-12 relevancy

It’s simple, really.

Step 1. Lobby to get every Power 5 champion a seat at the table.

Step 2. Stop beating each other up in November.

Step 3. Schedule “name” programs out of your league. And, you know, actually beat them.

Don’t worry about making the top conference teams better, just make it easier for the top conference teams to reach the playoffs.

… So what I’m selling now, I’m selling, ‘Hey, the Pac-12 is down, and now it’s our time to get it going.’ But I would love to able to say, ‘All we’ve got to do is win our conference and we’re in.’”

“Give me eight, right?” Tucker continued. “So we can get in and get three at-large (teams), and let’s go. And have the first round (where) you could go on the road (to campus sites) and play. And then, after that, do it like they’re doing it now. Because that really gives you a chance now to get in there. You could lose a game and still get in.”

Good news for Pac-12 coaches, anyway.  The road to hell is paved with Jim Boeheim’s intentions.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Pac-12 Football

7 responses to “Mel Tucker’s guide to Pac-12 relevancy

  1. Dawg1

    Pretty tough to tell a city/university that they will now host a playoff game with 90,000 fans either in 1 week (almost impossible to do well) or 2, maybe 3 weeks, during finals, national signing day, and/or Christmas break “on campus” and guarantee enough security, staff, food hotels etc.

    It is certainly doable; they have moved games to other campuses before for weather, etc. but is it doable consistently, at a quality these terms deserve?

    P.S. Do the round one losers go bowling? Or was their experience limited to going to East Lansing or Pullman for the “playoffs”?


    • ASEF

      Most southern college towns damn near break for regular season contests. Traffic for hours. Hotel rooms north of $500 a night. Add in winter travel issues for the inevitable northern higher seeds.

      And just imagine the howling over a 4-5 match up that ends up being played in Miami or Madison depending on how the committee sees the difference between those two teams.


    • Texas Dawg.

      What to do with the first round losers? Very interesting question. I had not heard that brought up before. It would really suck to have a 10-2 (or such record) and go the East Lansing (or other such beautiful mid December destination), get bounced and sent home. Meantime the runner up in your conference (who did not get in) spends the holidays in Orlando (or maybe even New Orleans/Miami on the off year) (provided they chose to play in a meaningless game). If they were to put the loser of the 1st round in a bowl game, do they play or do we have a repeat of UGA last year with no motivation. 8 is not so simple it would seem.


      • Been saying this for a while. The quarterfinal losers will make Auburn in the UCF Peach Bowl look like the hungriest team on the planet. A big reason I hate 8 is that bowl games (losers will be in the non-playoff NY6) will be dead.


  2. stoopnagle

    Kinda OT but kinda not: I’ve read elsewhere that Boulder makes recruiting difficult. I don’t get it? It’s definitely a top 10 college town with a lot to offer. How is it difficult to recruit to Boulder?


    • ASEF

      Watching rich white girls run around the intramural fields high on shrooms at midnight has a certain appeal, but it’s not lasting. And snow. Lots and lots of snow.


    • Kids that don’t ski and may have never even seen snow don’t typically go to Boulder, Fort Collins, Laramie, etc.

      Great college town if you are into those things. If not, there are plenty of places probably closer to home that provide a college town experience.