“Having only four teams in the C.F.P. is a broken system,” George Kliavkoff, the first-year Pac-12 commissioner, said in an interview this month at Ohio Stadium, hours before Oregon upset Ohio State, which played in last season’s national title game after it won the Big Ten championship.
“Just the way it’s set up, it’s designed — and I don’t think it was on purpose or malignant — but it was designed for the rich to get richer,” added Kliavkoff, whose reservations about the expansion proposal that became public in June helped slow its approval. “If you got invited to the C.F.P. in one of the first few years, it makes it easier to recruit, which makes it easier to get back to the C.F.P., which makes it easier to recruit, and it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
Actually, I exaggerate. Kliavkoff knows better, but he’s got to say something to justify running out the playoff field to twelve. He’s not expecting that to turn the G5 champ into Alabama’s equal, but he doesn’t care, because it’s really about the moolah his conference has been missing out on without a team in the playoff field.
As the old joke goes, we know what he is. He’s just haggling over the fee.