“This isn’t a voting bloc.”

Says one of the three dudes in a self-labeled Alliance, all of whom voted to scotch a 12-team playoff.  But don’t say it’s their fault, acting together, damn it.

The commissioners from the ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten pushed back on Friday against any public misconception that their “Alliance” of conferences worked together to stop expansion of the College Football Playoff.

“I think that’s a narrative that certain folks benefit from having out there even if it’s not true,” said Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff, who joined Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and ACC commissioner Jim Phillips on Friday in an exclusive interview with ESPN reporters.

Nah, would you believe it?  It was just a fucking coincidence.

“When we’re talking about what should it look like, or when should we make the decision, we have real differences of opinion,” Kliavkoff said. “And it just so happens that each of us came to our own conclusion about why we couldn’t vote yes to the proposal that was on the table. And I think we’ve all been public now that others have decided for us that we’re going to air our laundry as opposed to make a decision in the room and then announce the decision.”

I mean, it’s not like the three of them ever spent time together, or anything ($$).

… Most of the CFP management committee’s in-person meetings over the past eight months took place at the Grand Hyatt connected to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. Easy in, easy out for a lot of busy administrators. And the lobby bar the night before meetings was convenient both for a late dinner or a few drinks. The three Alliance commissioners would sometimes sit together off to the side, a visual representation of the battle lines drawn.

Again, I am of the belief that there’s too much money involved for these idiots to ignore.  Eventually, everyone will swallow their fee fees, cut a deal and proclaim they rose above their differences to do it for the kids.

But, given his track record regarding the future of college football’s postseason, I have to admit Bill Hancock is doing his best to give me false hope.

“The worst case would be failing to agree on a plan in October 2024,” Hancock said, pinpointing the month that the CFP’s exclusive negotiating window with ESPN begins. “No one wants to get to the point where there’s no event to decide the national championship. I am confident we will not get to that point.”

Be still, my heart.



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11 responses to ““This isn’t a voting bloc.”

  1. Faltering Memory

    College football is (or has been) too good a sports spectacle to let ESPN screw it up with ways to make more money for them first and foremost. When all the accounting is done, college football will get the short end.

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  2. Weren’t they all in favor of the proposal when the working group presented it? What changed? Oh, yeah, OU and Texas approached the SEC about membership.

    Bunch of crybabies.

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  3. “None of us are responsible for fucking up this one-car funeral procession, we just couldn’t agree on how to put it together.”

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  4. otto1980

    I’ll take a return to the polling era over playoff expansion.

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  5. 69Dawg

    You hire guys that have big egos you get aholes that will posture until their bosses say get off the pot. The presidents and AD’s are not going to piss off the mouse, these self-important morons will get it together sooner rather than later.

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    • Down Island Way

      Engage in enough scotch, shit will get sideways…#EXPANDTHECOLLEGEFOOTBALLPLAYOFFTOFOUR!

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      • RangerRuss

        Even though I never participated (not my style) a lot of great ideas were born from three martini lunches. Need to bring those back.

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        • Down Island Way

          A wise gentleman of the cloth explained to a few would be listeners about the virtues of scotch vs wild turkey 101, this conversation went well into the night at a fine establishment in Augusta named the “Whippin’ Post”…have been on the straight and narrow of margaritas ever since…


  6. To paraphrase one of our great American philosophers: I don’t mind Championships, it’s the playoffs I can’t stand.

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  7. Down Island Way

    Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff, who joined Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and ACC commissioner Jim Phillips on Friday in an exclusive interview with ESPN reporters… CFP’s exclusive negotiating window with ESPN begins, like how all that “splaining” happened under Mickeys direction/supervision…


  8. godawgs1701

    Because they’re mad that the SEC was going to stay on top and get more than everyone else, they decided to… ensure the SEC would stay on top and get more than everyone else. Good plan, guys. Can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2025 that further ensures that SEC stays on top and gets more than everyone else.