Category Archives: BCS/Playoffs

The door’s open, but the ride it ain’t free.

One thing about an expanded postseason:  more playoff games means more playoff trips and more playoff trips means more playoff expenses.

The national champion Crimson Tide totaled $7.3 million in costs for two CFP trips, while runner-up Clemson spent $5.4 million, according to NCAA postseason expense reports for all four playoff teams obtained from the universities by CBS Sports…

Alabama spent the most on a single playoff game this past season, totaling $4.8 million in costs for the CFP National Championship in Glendale, Arizona. That equates to $5,555 per person who made the trip, easily the highest per-game average in the two-year history of the CFP.

To put Alabama’s 2016 title game costs in perspective, the school spent $4.3 million for the 2010 BCS Championship Game in Pasadena, California. Back then, the NCAA required schools to count bonuses for coaches and administrators in bowl expense reports. That’s no longer the case. Alabama spent $6.7 million on the 2016 CFP National Championship game itself when counting bonuses.

If you got it, flaunt it, baby.  Besides, all that support staff isn’t showing up for free.

The Crimson Tide sent a traveling party of 904 people to Arlington, Texas, for the Cotton Bowl and 857 to Arizona. Alabama brought 908 people to the semifinal at the Sugar Bowl in 2015, 881 to Miami for the 2013 BCS Championship Game and 778 to New Orleans for the 2012 BCS Championship Game.

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Baghdad Bill rides again.

Bill Hancock may blame the decline in the college football playoffs’ TV ratings at least partly on a “sophomore slump”, but the slump doesn’t extend to the most awesome part of the CFP.

There will again be six weeks of rankings during the season, the first on Nov. 1 and with the final poll coming out Dec. 4.

“That’s a good number,” said Hancock, noting the first ranking will be after the ninth week of the season and provide “plenty of games to evaluate.”

Hancock believes the CFP rankings have helped the regular season.

“I think we probably underestimated how much boost that would give to the regular season, as fans from around the country could now look around and see who they had to cheer for,” he said.

So you see, we were more excited about the chase to see which schools would be in the semi-finals than we were the semi-finals themselves.  Boy, don’t I feel foolish now for ever having thought the regular season risked being diminished by an extended postseason.

I wonder how long it takes for him to come up with some of the crap he says.

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Punt, CFP, punt!

Nathan Deal may get pressure from outside parties about the religious liberty bill awaiting his signature, but it won’t come from the College Football Playoff folks or Greg Sankey.  At least not yet:

The College Football Playoff said Monday it opposes discrimination but will allow others to best decide whether a controversial religious freedom bill in Georgia becomes law. The SEC said it’s “attentive” to what’s happening in the state where it holds its football championship game…

“We deplore discrimination wherever it occurs and note that there is a public debate about this matter and its implications, as well as whether or not it will become law,” College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement to CBS Sports. “We will keep an eye on this, but our group’s focus is on sports and public policy matters are better left to the experts and voters to resolve.”

Translation:  please, governor, veto this bill so we don’t have to show our ass either way.

Real profile in courage there, Bill.

Sankey’s statement is a couple of degrees warmer…

“Our conference championship events are an extension of our universities which are places of diversity and opportunity,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “We are attentive to this legislative matter as we continue our policy of considering numerous factors in determining sites for our championship events.”

… but more of the same.  He’ll wait to see which way the prevailing winds are blowing before making a decision one way or the other.  It would just be a heckuva lot more convenient if he never has to make one in the first place.

I guess that’s why they pay these guys the big bucks.

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Living on borrowed time

I know I should post something about the annual grumbling March Madness selection spawns and how that should be a lesson to those who think the only thing keeping college football from true greatness is a bigger postseason field, but either I’m too jaded by it or too resigned to CFP’s ultimate fate to give a shit.

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Thursday brunch buffet

A mid-day munch for you…

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Bill Hancock dares us to cross that line. Okay, this line.

Perhaps sensing that football fans on the East Coast want to par-tay a little on New Year’s Eve, the movers and shakers directing the college football playoffs agree to move the start times for the semi-final games up an hour.

The CFP will move the 2016 semifinals — the Fiesta and Peach bowls — from 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Due to the shift, the Orange Bowl will shift from New Year’s Eve afternoon to the night of Dec. 30. Staging of the Peach and Fiesta bowls will be decided when match-ups are announced on Dec. 4.

I’m sure the huge drop in television ratings had nothing to do with the change of heart.

“The first two years have shown us that the playoff is extremely popular with fans and that we successfully struck an appropriate balance creating a new event while maintaining the great traditions that have enabled college football to hold such an important place in the country’s culture,” Hancock said

Keep blowing that smoke, Bill.  It’s a good thing the 31st falls on a Saturday.

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One thing you can say about the BCS

… at least nobody worried about the diversity of the computers.

Former University of Miami president Donna Shalala, who is now the president of the Clinton Foundation, suggested that in order to further diversify the committee in the future, the CFP should consider more former university presidents.

“Should they have more diversity? Absolutely, everybody thinks that,” said Shalala, who is also on the board of the National Football Foundation. “If they were thinking former college presidents, they would actually easily be able to find a group of people who are responsible for big-time college athletics, including football.

“If you wanted to find some people like [Rice],” she said, “you could use that university category and go to former presidents for both women and minorities.”

Settling it on the field, for the win.

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