This is kind of head shaking to me.
This Saturday marks an anniversary of sorts.
On that day three years ago—Jan. 8, 2019—college leaders set off on the long, winding road of seriously exploring an expansion to the College Football Playoff. Within a lavish, downtown San Jose hotel, Mark Keenum, the Mississippi State president and the chair of the CFP’s highest governing body, the Board of Managers, approached executive director Bill Hancock with a directive.
“We’re halfway through the 12-year CFP contract,” he told Hancock. “Let’s examine the Playoff.”
Exactly three years later, college football’s most powerful executives meet Saturday from Indianapolis in a somewhat fractured state, frazzled and frustrated, lacking consensus on a format for expansion.
Three years? Three effing years? An additional $450 million in revenue at stake and this sorry pack of whining babies can’t get their shit together?
“Candidly, given everything that’s been said publicly, looks like we are stuck at four for a while,” Kliavkoff said on 750 The Game on Portland radio Wednesday.
Looks like it. Kliavkoff’s strategy of coming up with an end around for 2026 looks equally promising.
Some are already focused on 2026. With a new deal, comes new rules. While unanimity is required to expand the Playoff before the contract ends, it’s not necessary to create a Playoff format in a new contract.
A “subset” of the CFP management committee could agree on a model and “then others would have the right to join us,” Kliavkoff told reporters last month in Las Vegas.
Hey, good luck with that if those others include the SEC and Notre Dame.