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This just in: A new poll says that 63 percent of college football fans want to scrap the BCS system and institute a playoff system like college basketball.
This same polling group found that 95 percent of the people surveyed believe that the sun rises in the East. Okay, I made that up.
I’m not trying to be a smart aleck here but what exactly is the purpose of such a survey? So 63 percent of the 1,849 people surveyed by Quinnipiac University want to have some kind of college football playoff. They are not asked how to accomplish it, who gets to play in it, where the games will be played and when the games are played. They just know that they want it.
I don’t understand the point of such a survey. If 63 percent of the people want something, does that mean it is supposed to happen? What are we supposed to do with that information?
I imagine 100 percent of those same people surveyed would like to buy a Cadillac for $10,000. But I don’t think General Motors is going to start selling them for that.
Here is my point. I want a four-team playoff. The teams should be seeded with 1 playing 4 and 2 playing 3 on New Year’s Day at two of the BCS bowls. A week later the two winners will play for the national championship.
Let’s do a survey on that proposal or give people several playoff options and choose the one they like. That would make some sense.
I just don’t like mindless surveys that don’t advance the ball.
Mike Leach is done at Texas Tech: It didn’t take Mike Leach’s lawyer long to start calling Craig James a helicopter (hovering) dad and James’s son, Adam, a disgruntled kid in need of some discipline. Both of those things may turn out to be true. But in this case those claims are also irrelevant.
If the facts of this case are not in dispute, and it doesn’t appear that they are, Adam James was isolated in a dark room after suffering a concussion. Leach’s side came up with a doctor’s letter saying the kid was not harmed by the action. Again, it’s irrelevant. You don’t have to be harmed to have been treated improperly.
There is no rationalization from Leach’s side that will save him. Leach was asked to meet with the parents, explain his actions, and apologize. He refused, leaving the university wide open to litigation.
Work rule No. 1: When the boss asks you to apologize for the good of the company or the good of the institution, you apologize. If not, expect to be cut loose.
There will be a hearing today in Lubbock. Leach wants a judge to reinstate him to coach the Alamo Bowl on Saturday. In my opinion, if the judge grants Leach’s request, Texas Tech will fire him on the spot with a generous severance package. Either way, Leach is done at Texas Tech.
It was a bad loss for Miami: How many times have you seen a team take the opening possession for a touchdown and then lose the game? Miami basically did that last night in the Champs Sports Bowl. The Hurricanes ran the kickoff back for a touchdown and were called for a dumb block in the back penalty near the 10-yard line. The Hurricanes scored anyway. But then Wisconsin, who thought the weather was downright balmy in Orlando while the Hurricanes were shivering near the sideline heaters, just started grinding and took a 17-7 lead at halftime on the way to a 20-14 win.
This was a bad loss for Miami. It would have meant a lot for the Hurricanes to get to 10 wins in Randy Shannon’s third year as coach. QB Jacory Harris had a bad wheel and it clearly affected his play.
It was also a bad loss for the ACC, which is now 1-3 in bowl games.
There is no doubt. Eric Berry will turn pro: Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin has been saying for weeks, really for the entire season, that safety Eric Berry is going to turn pro after Thursday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl. The fact is that Berry, from Fairburn, is ready for the league and is going to be a great pro. He has nothing left to prove at this level and given his various injuries, it is time to move on.
And don’t forget this: Having a Tennessee player stand up with Commissioner Roger Goodell on the first day of the NFL Draft never hurts recruiting.
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