One thing those of you who brush aside concerns that the CFP might grow beyond an eight-team field tend to overlook is how invested coaches are in having as many teams taste a playoff as possible. Nothing polishes a coach’s resume like a “made the national tournament” entry. Jim Boeheim is probably the best known advocate of the more, the merrier approach, but now Jim Harbaugh is ready to throw his hat in the ring.
“I would just analyze it in terms of every other sport whether its gymnastics, basketball, pro football, FCS football … pick a sport and they have a playoff to get to a champion,” Harbaugh said. “None of them start with the last four. You have a great model with the NFL with their 12 teams and a great model in the FCS with their 16 teams and they just (increased) it to 24.”
Yeah, baby! Who doesn’t love more games? What’s that you say… the players? Pfft.
A 16-team playoff would force the eventual champion to play four postseason games which could add extra weeks to the season but Harbaugh said the season is already long as it is.
“The national champion now is playing 15 games, 14 games for the teams in the playoffs,” Harbaugh said. “They are already playing a lot of games.”
In for a penny, in for a pound, as they say. At least if you’re the one making money off the deal.
I am not suggesting that Jim Harbaugh is overrated as a football coach — his track record at Stanford and San Francisco speaks for itself — but if you’re a Michigan fan, this isn’t what you thought you signed up for when he returned to momma.
Let’s just say all the attention getting hasn’t been results getting.
… he’d name a college football coach his chief of staff. We’d never find out anything again.
The second-biggest game of Week 1 will be played in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday afternoon when No. 11 Michigan and No. 17 Florida square off. We just have no idea who the starting quarterback will be for either team following the opening kickoff.
It could be you; it might even be me. We just don’t know, and neither coach seems willing to help us out here.
During a press conference on Monday, Florida coach Jim McElwain told reporters that when it came to the Gators quarterbacks, the team has “a plan in place” but that he won’t name a starter.
“We’ll leave that for [Michigan] to guess,” McElwain said.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has yet to release his team’s roster for the 2017 season, so it’s not hard to figure out how he’s approaching this situation. He told reporters Monday that he won’t be naming his starting quarterback either, and specifically mentioned that Florida hadn’t named theirs.
“We’d love to have that information,” he said.
Christ, this is silly. And to think grown men get paid millions of dollars a year to act like that.
Media files FOIA request to see Michigan’s roster.
Michigan answers with a legal request seeking an additional 10 business days to respond.
“Due to the large number of requests currently being processed by this office, it will not be possible to respond to your request within the five-day period accorded by the Michigan Freedom of Information Act. However, under Section 5 (2) (d) of the Act, the University is permitted to extend the deadline for not more than 10 business days beyond the initial due date. The University will respond to your request on or before August 25, 2017.”
Greg McGarity thinks they’re doing it all wrong.
Say what you will about Jim Harbaugh, the man is a master at salesmanship. Check out the header to this ESPN puff piece.
PAWWWLLL vs. Harbaugh – who ‘ya got?
UPDATE: Somebody may owe somebody an apology.
Forget about those friggin’ satellite camps. It’s stuff like this that really gets the Greg McGaritys of the college football world’s panties in a wad:
Michigan’s assistants will set a new standard for college football coach salaries, with three — offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, defensive coordinator Don Brown and passing game coordinator and assistant head coach Pep Hamilton — making $1 million for the next three seasons.
LSU and Alabama both had two assistants at or above $1 million last season. No public school has had three at a time, according to USA Today research.
That’s not even the worst of it. Drevno and Brown have five-year deals and Hamilton has a four-year contract.
The startled reaction many people had to that Monte Kiffin million-dollar-a-year deal back in the halcyon days of 2009 seems so quaint now. Hell, 2014 seems long ago, for that matter. Unless you’re McGarity having to defend the reserve fund against the next salary onslaught.
Damn that Harbaugh.