In a shocking development, Jed Clampett discovers water is wet.

Jesus, these people

The chances of the College Football Playoff growing to 12 teams in 2023, the first year officials have stated it could expand, appear to be diminishing.

The combination of uncertainty in the environment and a building skepticism over the power being collected by ESPN and the SEC after recent realignment moves have prompted a more cautious approach to expansion. The exploration of growing from a four-team model to 12-team model was announced in early June and is being deliberated on, with a decision expected in the fall.

“I think the pause button should be hit,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told Yahoo Sports. “We need to evaluate the landscape and what it’s going to look like. We still need to evaluate the 12-team playoff. We don’t need to rush into that when there’s legitimate concerns that need to be addressed.”

… Other leaders around the country have expressed a skepticism toward the financial value of allowing ESPN to continue to be the sole owner of the most powerful rights in college football. The College Football Playoff is, essentially, a television contract with ESPN that runs through the 2025 season. ESPN owns all of it now, which includes three playoff games and other New Year’s six bowls.

After sucking at Disney’s teat all these years, that’s just now dawned on them, eh?

These people are so clueless they make ordinary clueless people look like geniuses.

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31 responses to “In a shocking development, Jed Clampett discovers water is wet.

  1. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    Well, well, well… how the turntables…

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  2. akascuba

    Gene Smith supported hitting the pause button on his conference playing football last season. This should work out about just as well for him.

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  3. NotMyCrossToBear

    Legitimate concerns=we may not make as much money as our neighbor. I hate these bastards.

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  4. Biggen

    So now they are walking back the 12 team playoff? LOL. That may be enough to send Kanell over the edge.

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  5. What the hell? The SEC would likely get 3-4 slots every year before the expansion. They are likely to get 4 slots per year (including the conference champion) in the newly expanded conference because there is going to be attrition during the regular season with 16 teams plus a 9-game schedule.

    It sounds like the Big 10 and Pac 12 are pi$$ed they couldn’t convince Texas and Oklahoma to join one of them, so we’re going to throw a temper tantrum in response.

    This is coming from someone who doesn’t like either playoff or conference expansion.

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    • Down Island Way

      Pause button is the big 14 looking to add new blood to the roster (gotta get to 16) before cfp expansion happens…

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  6. Gaskilldawg

    The real story here is that these fools now realize that getting all aroused in 2012 and 2013 about ESPN’s “decide it on the field ” scam left college football being unable to have other broadcasters to be able to acquire rights to the playoffs. The desire for a playoff blinded them to the fact that they were losing control of television rights to a valuable property.
    I am glad the OU and UT move causes colleges to reconsider a playoff structure after 2025 that reduces one network’s control over the sport.

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  7. pdawg30577

    Eight-team playoff.

    Four big-ass power conferences. Two divisions each.

    Each division has its own champion. That’s your eight playoff teams.

    The winner of the division championship game is the conference champ. That’s your play-in to the final four.

    That way each conference selects its own champion to the final four. Everybody gets one. There are no bye weeks, and the teams aren’t playing a single additional game than what they’d be playing under the current setup.

    Y’all can all tell me how it can never happen, but you can’t tell me that’s not the simplest and best solution that solves the “bye week problem” — there should be no two weeks of rest for Alabama while they watch whoever they’re going to play get the shit pounded out of them the Saturday before — and the additional-wear-and-tear-on-athletes’-bodies-because-of-extra-games problem.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      pdawg, it doesn’t matter if it makes the most sense to me. What matters is what is in the best interests of the members of collegefootballplayoff llc. The Power 5 and ESPN influenced the NCAA to cede control to collegefootballplayoff llc and now the Power 5 cannot get control back.

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  8. Ohio State trying desperately to be relevant in the current media swarm.

    Gene Smith has new information, below is an excerpt of recent Big 12 and Big 10 cfp expansion discussions…a lot of use of the royal We

    The Big 12 feel that the plane has crashed into the mountain.

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  9. CB

    Couldn’t this be a good thing for all of us who believe 12 teams is way too many? Where do we see this landing?

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    • They’re not walking away from the 12-team playoff. They’re just expressing their displeasure with Mickey enabling the SEC.

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      • Totally agree…Geno is just giving the rest of the world a masterful tutorial in the art of grandstanding.

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      • Spell Dawg

        Can’t blame them. Half the 12 spots could be filled by the SEC after we add the cows and the okies. Gene wants some time to let the B10 look around, talk to Okie St, Iowa St, maybe a Kansas team or two. Problem is, no matter who they land (outside of Clemson), they don’t want to be in a picture holding up their catch next to the SEC. SEC be like…

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

        Or this could be the moment where CBS, NBC, or FOX steps in with an alternative plan and more money.

        We can only hope.

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        • CBS can’t afford to keep the SEC Game of the Week, but it’s gonna shell out for the natty?

          C’mon, man.

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

            I think there’s a difference in can’t vs. won’t. Can you be sure which that was? They didn’t make an offer to the SEC, they just let ESPN have it. Seems like that could be more won’t than can’t.

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            • What’s the fucking difference? The natty rights will be exponentially more expensive.

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              • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

                The difference is simply where they would believe their money is better spent; i.e. it’s possible that for CBS, the SEC GotW, one single game, was not worth the going rate, but the CFB Playoff which included the NY6 Bowls, would be.

                I’m not trying to argue here, but I mean, we all make decisions like that every day. Do I get Publix brand dish soap or do I spend the extra dollar to get Dawn? It’s a bit simplistic, but it’s the same principle. We allocate our money where we believe it can or should be best spent.

                Now that CBS, NBC, and FOX… or shit, even Amazon or Netflix knows how much the going rate for a 12-team playoff will be because ESPN and the conference commissioners showed their hand 4 years early, maybe now they jump in instead of letting ESPN bid against no one. So maybe a pause before jumping headfirst into this new idea will get more money and a better idea from someone else?

                That’s the point I was trying to make. But sure, if you want, CBS doesn’t have to be part of that hypothetical.

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                • The SEC wasn’t one single game, it was a game a week.

                  Other than that, I’ll bow to your obviously deep knowledge of how sports media operates these days.

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

                  Seriously? When I said one single game, I obviously meant one single game per week. I think that any reasonable person could understand that.

                  I don’t know why you’re fixating on some extremely weird trees today, but you’re missing the forest because of it.

                  If you don’t think a pause on this new plan with ESPN won’t provide a chance, not a certainty, but a chance to allow SOME MEDIA ENTITY (but definitely not CBS!) to step up with their own plan and more money to entice the CFB powers that be, well, okay, sure.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        We don’t know that yet. The other conferences may figure that a 4 team cfp means fewer SEC teams. After all. “the Committee ” concept was a way to keep check on getting multiple SEC teams in the cfp. The exception was 2017 when we were conference champs and too damn good to keep out and Alabama had just one loss

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  10. Salty Dawg

    Don’t drag innocent Jed into this! He may have been clueless but he wasn’t an a-hole like these dickheads.

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    • Salty, you are dead nuts on…give me a salt of the earth dude over a self proclaimed erudite windbag any freaking day of the week. #legomyego

      Ol’ Jed was fine by me…get it Jed!

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    • classiccitycanine

      If anything, Jed was the street-wise, common sense fella who didn’t lose his mind when he saw dollar signs–unlike the folks running college football.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        Thank you! You remember the TV show Jed Clampett who was an intelligent guy but had not been exposed to the modern Beverly Hills lifestyle. The humor was his common sense critique of modern Beverly Hills.
        The AWFUL movie version was “look at how stupid Jed Clampett is!” It totally missed the point of the television show.

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  11. 69Dawg

    After the B1G’s embarrassing expansion last time Maryland, Rutgers and LOL Nebraska, they are at a lost as to how to counter the SEC move. If they want to go to bed with their old pals the PAC 12 that’s fine with me. You will still just have Ohio State and the emteen dwarfs. ND is the only team in play and as long as NBC keeps the TV rights they have zero interest with sharing with anybody. The ACC is already a joke conference and ND is not going to play football with them barring another national disaster.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      Except that ND is contractually obligated to join the ACC if they decide to join any conference at all between now and 2036. People keep forgetting that.

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  12. Former Fan

    Give Jed Clampant some credit. He was a man of character, genuinely cared about other people, and had great common sense. Oh there was a world around him that he didn’t understand, but he generally outdid those folks because he stayed true to good values. He was smarter than those around him, IMO.

    I think a better comparison is the helpless banker who wants the money but ultimately winds up on the losing end. That’s the NCAA.

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  13. Faltering Memory

    Jed (Buddy Ebsen) talent was also as a dancer or a hoofer in the scene above. Whatever, he had more rhythm than Dan.

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