College Football Playoffs: 8, 16 team plans nixed, 4 team plan likely

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Here’s the statement by the eleven college football conference commissioners and the Notre Dame Athletics Director. I trimmed it way down to eliminate all the cliches, corporatespeak, tautologies and double talk.

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Movement for NCAA Football Playoff Gaining more Steam with Mark Cuban on Board

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In life, it’s usually a good thing to be on the side of the billionaire. If it’s possible that is. I had a billionaire call my cell phone once (for an interview piece I was doing on the Washington Wizards ownership change) and believe my that was a fun day of tweets and Facebook status updates for me.

However, billionaires are different than the rest of us; they have way more money. But they also see the sick joke that the BCS  is/has become and clamor for something better. At least in Mark Cuban’s case. The owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks weighed on the biggest disgrace that plaques college football.

And what he intends to do about it.

By Paul M. Banks

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Curt Warner shares my vision: College Football Playoffs

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One of the major reasons the Big Ten added Nebraska as a 12th team is to fulfill the NCAA rule requiring at least 12 in order to have a conference championship game. Because having a Big Ten championship game brings in a lot of dough. And A.D.s and conference commissioners are like Biggie and Jay-Z, they “love the dough, more than you know. Gotta let it show, I love the dough.”

And more championship games, a natural offshoot from building superconferences, bring us closer to that badly needed college football playoff system.

Legendary Penn State (All-American ’81, left the program with 42 school records) and Seattle Seahawks (four Pro-Bowls) running back Curt Warner (not to be confused with the famous QB Kurt Warner) shares my vision.

“This thing has somewhat evolved into bigger superconferences amd I think you’ll see a number of consolidation over the next 5-6 years and it’s going to bleed more into a playoff kind of format. I can’t say for sure, but that’s where I think this thing is going,” Warner told me on the day of his College Football Hall of Fame enshrinement.

By Paul M. Banks

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Small schools must retain soul when joining BCS Conferences

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It’s easy to understand why the small schools are in favor of a college football playoff system; the BCS prohibits them from EVER playing in the championship. The big schools in the BCS conferences? (Big 12, SEC, ACC, Pac 10, Big East and Big Ten) Well, they get shafted by the computers too, but they’re still much more likely to be BCS proponent than the mid majors.  Which incites the question at hand-

If you’re a smaller school now going power conference, do you stay true to your roots? Or do you “sell out” like Metallica in the mid-90s?

Saying that I’m “sympathetic to the cause” of getting a college football playoff system going is like commenting that Lindsey Lohan might have “had a drink or two,” or maybe even “experimented with drugs a little bit.”  Therefore, this gentleman with a playoff plan was correct in including me on his email list; one targeted towards the University of Utah as they join the Pac Ten.

By Paul M. Banks

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