I’ve received a few e-mails recently on this subject and I wanted to put it out for discussion….
Am I in favor of postseason playoffs or big-money Classic games for HBCU programs?
First of all, I’ve heard interesting and emotional debates on both sides and personally, I’m all about making money – especially where we are with the economy right now.
There was two specific examples were brought to my attention – how far could Grambling have gone in the Football Championship Series (formerly Division I-AA) playoffs if it didn’t play in the Bayou Classic and SWAC championship game and how far Tuskegee might’ve gone in the Division II playoffs instead of playing in the Turkey Day Classic.
Anyone can speculate on how far the teams could’ve gone (both teams were very good last year), but I guess it’s fair to speculate that both programs earned a lot of money in their Classic games, money that can be used throughout the respective athletic departments. And the tradition associated with the Classic games? Priceless ….
But I also heard from someone who said it’s time to stop living in the past and step up to the plate. It was noted that Florida A&M won the first I-AA national title in 1978 and there hasn’t been an HBCU winner since. There hasn’t been an HBCU national champion in Division II since the division held its first title game in 1973. South Carolina State and Albany State were the HBCU representatives in the respective playoffs last season, and both fell in the first round.
So, what do you think? Are you cool with the current setup or are you ready to see more HBCUs on the national stage? Or is there a way to make both happen?
I’ve thrown out what’s been said to me and I’m very interested to hear what others think. So let the discussion begin …..