Life is good.

If that is what comes of bad will against Greg Sankey, I hope it festers for at least another decade.  Well played, Alliance.

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19 responses to “Life is good.

  1. godawgs1701

    I look forward to seeing at least two of the Alliance conferences fail to be represented in the CFP in the four years to come. Well done, commissioners!

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  2. MGW

    What glorious morons? Way to cut your nose off to spite your face there, fellas.

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  3. What a bunch of fools for cutting off their nose to spite their face. In a year in which 3 of the Power 5 and Notre Dame didn’t get a spot, you would think they would come to the conclusion that access at this point is more important than the pettiness of politics and hurt fee-fees.

    I’m not an expansion supporter, but the alliance (where 2 of the 3 members didn’t get bids) is absolutely stupid especially now that the B1G has scrapped the scheduling side of the alliance.

    To Phillips and the casino boss in San Francisco, you got played.

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    • miltondawg

      I, too, am anti expansion. This was the second time 3 of the P5 conferences didn’t get represented. The Pac-12 has not been in the playoff in 5 seasons, has had two teams go since the inception of the CFP for the 2014 season, and the last was Washington for the 2016 season. The ACC has been represented in every playoff except the 2021 season, but all were Clemson other than the inaugural playoff after the 2014 season (FSU).

      Listen, Phillips and Kliavkoff aren’t stupid men. The only thing that I can come up with is that there was serious self-reflection going on with those two. Maybe Kliavkoff looked at it and thought that the chances of the Pac-12 getting in multiple teams most years was very slim in comparison to the SEC right now (and B1G for that matter), that the rich (SEC) getting richer was worse for his conference than getting one guaranteed team in each year, and that the Pac-12 was better off hoping that Oregon or USC get back to former glory and be perennial contenders for a spot rather than handing two or more spots to the SEC (and, again, B1G).

      Same with Jim Phillips. Clemson, other than 2021 and 2014 (but still had an ACC representative), has been in it every year so the ACC has gotten the benefit of that payout. How many of those years though would the ACC have gotten in a second team (and forget about a third)?

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      • Milton, the rumor is that Phillips’s opposition is all about Notre Dame. He has one task from his presidents and ADs … get the Irish in the league for football to allow the Almost Competitive Conference to renegotiate its horrible deal with Disney. The 12-team playoff allows for ND to remain independent for the foreseeable future. The alliance’s 8-team proposal is all about limiting the number of spots to the SEC and keeping independent ND’s path to the playoff as difficult as possible.

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        • siskey

          Yeah apparently he thinks he can force Notre Dame to join the ACC and this would allow the ACC to renegotiate their TV deal with ESPN. Betting on Notre Dame to come to you out of necessity when they have more CFP appearances than everyone in your conference except Clemson is a hell of a bet.

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  4. Godawg

    Yep, they’re really putting it to us in the ass. Well played Alliance, well played.

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  5. unionjackgin

    With the way the SEC schedules are set up – I think 2 teams in the playoff for the SEC is more likely to occur than not.

    It’s their party they make the rules – hopefully, our guys will just keep on keeping on and UGA will be making additional playoff appearances for the remainder of this contract.

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  6. A recent Athletic article by Stewart Mandel (https://bit.ly/3LLyN00) has a burner of a quote from Greg Sankey: “We’re in a nine-overtime contest, and none of us can accomplish a two-point conversion.”

    If that’s not a very subtle dig at Big Ten ineptitude, I don’t know what is.

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  7. The committee must’ve read the results from our poll!

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  8. Harold Miller

    And there was great rejoicing!

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  9. cowetadawg

    Oh please don’t throw us into that briar patch, Alliance!

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  10. Biggen

    I like the exclusivity of a 4 team playoff. Glad they are keeping it.

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  11. Russ

    Well, that’s the best we can get so I’ll take it.

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  12. stoopnagle

    Notre Dame is still not joining your conference, ACC.

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  13. theotherdoug

    This is the end of the Big12 as a power conference because when this deal ends they won’t have Oklahoma and Texas and therefore no relevance.

    My guess is we’re going to get an 8 team playoff with automatic bids for the SEC, Big10, ACC, and PAC, and then the next 4 highest ranked teams.

    SEC gets 3 teams in there most years, Big10 2, ACC 1, PAC 1, and one group of 5 or ND.

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    • There’s no way any expanded playoff with guaranteed spots won’t include a Group of 5 automatic bid. Between the media outcry and the threat of litigation, the CFP will have to make a slot available.

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  14. I get the feeling that this is just as much about THE MONEY and forcing a bidding war between multiple media entities as it is getting their preferred playoff format. As always its about the money

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