College playoff may be on agenda for new NCAA president

"If had a college football playoff, we could make this much." OK. Mark Emmert didn't really say that.

"If had a college football playoff, we could make this much." OK. Mark Emmert didn't really say that.

There is a new NCAA president, and his name is Mark Emmert. Unearthing what his priorities are might take a little more time.

But it is possible Emmert will be our shining light for a college football playoff.

Emmert’s predecessor, the late Myles Brand, made it no secret that his priority for college athletics was academic reform. While the NCAA made  financial decisions that indicated otherwise — continuing to sell out for TV contracts, approving 12-game seasons, etc. — at least Brand instituted the Academic Progress Rate (APR), which measures a college program’s success in moving students toward graduation.

Emmert was very careful not to say what his priorities are. Among his comments: “I want to sit down with the membership and talk about what’s working and what’s not. … I don’t foresee revolutionary change in terms of academics issues, I see an evolutionary change as we go forward.”

But if we look at Emmert like a politician — and we should — forget what he says publicly right now. It’s important to note what his past statements have been. There’s an interesting story by the Seattle Times’ Bud Withers, who knew Emmert when he was president at Washington.

Withers quotes Emmert as saying: “I happen to be one that thinks it’s inevitable we’ll have a playoff.”

There’s also this excerpt:

Talking football playoff [18 months ago], Emmert referred to “illusory arguments” like missed class time.

“I’d like to be one having shaped that,” he said of a playoff, the words now sounding almost haunting, “rather than having it shaped by others.”

This doesn’t mean a playoff is going to be approved next week. College presidents have to be on board. The bowls have to be on board. Conferences have to be on board, and that includes the Pacific 10 and Big Ten, which have resisted because of their sweet setup with the Rose Bowl.

But at least we know where the new head of the NCAA stands on the issue of college football playoff. That’s a good start.


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well then

April 28th, 2010
1:41 pm

well then

April 28th, 2010
1:41 pm

well then

April 28th, 2010
1:42 pm

slow sports day i guess. any news about the dirty birds?

Roman

April 28th, 2010
1:43 pm

Roman

April 28th, 2010
1:43 pm

Awe … Damn.

well then

April 28th, 2010
1:45 pm

or women’s volleyball? is the WNBA still in existence?

Bryan G.

April 28th, 2010
2:09 pm

Michael Adams would make a great right hand man for this guy.

Ted Striker

April 28th, 2010
2:17 pm

I’ve avoiding revealing what my priorities are for the last 5-6 years.

Delbert D.

April 28th, 2010
2:31 pm

Money, money and money are the 3 priorities, as Emmert will find out. No matter that other football divisions in the NCAA already have playoff systems, getting the bowl magnates to fall in line will be more difficult than than getting Iran and North Korea to give up on nukes.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

April 28th, 2010
2:34 pm

isn’t this the job that Adams was “not” interested in ? Its a good thing because it doesn’t look like he was considered . now if they decide to have a playoff will they just change around existing bowls or invent new ones , it will probably take years to get a system that would work and what would all the people on Espn have to talk about if there was a playoff . it would be a shame to see Lou Holtz out of work or working in a drive through

wxwax

April 28th, 2010
2:42 pm

The single biggest obstacle to a college football playoff is that ogre of the game, Big Ten commissioner James Delany.

The money men rule the game, and he’s the king of them all. Not only does he refuse to loosen his grasping fingers on the Rose Bowl, he wants to swing a wrecking ball through the structure of college football so his schools can pockets ever more moolah.

No, there will be no college football playoff while men like him rule the game.

Tech Fan Since 1950

April 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

It remains to be seen whether a NCAA President can reverse the curse (fraud) of the BCS and all of the BCS “power” conference officials and supporters. I hope there will be a national playoff system and a “real” National Championship open to everyone. If the NCAA really believed in integrity there would be a playoff. The current situation (BCS) is a bit of deceit and trickery. It makes you think everyone is eligible to be the “National Champion,” when in reality everyone is not. BCS schools currently get schedule credit for beating teams in their own NCAA Division that are not eligible to be a BCS team. BUT if a team that is not eligible to be a BCS team beats a BCS team, that team gets no chance or playoff chance to be considered a national champion, even if it won all of its games. ALSO, please do not give us the excuse that extending the football season for playoff games would create academic hardship out of proportion. Only a handful of schools would be involved for a few weeks (compare that to the current amount of time away from the classroom for other sports like college baseball and basketball during their regular seasons). The NCAA does a great job in handling other playoffs outside of Division I football. It should take back the responsibility from the BCS.

JSS

April 28th, 2010
2:56 pm

That “collective gulp” sound you heard was that of the SEC’s presidents and AD’s as they realized that they’d outmaneuvered once again by the rest of the college sports community in their power grab in the NCAA… Thank goodness for those suckers in Bristol, Connecticut or the South’s goose would be cooked!

Jacket Backer

April 28th, 2010
3:01 pm

would love to see a playoff instead of the beauty contest we have now……think Butler would have been picked for the national championship game if they had been playing football instead of basketball??

PMC

April 28th, 2010
3:28 pm

A College Playoff on the agenda? Call me old fashioned but hello Alice welcome to Wonderland.

murfdawg

April 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

Hopefully, this guy will form some special task force and make Michael Adams head of it and got Adams out of Athens. Life would be better in Athens if Logan Gray was staying and Adams was leaving.

Jeff Schultz

April 28th, 2010
3:50 pm

Brian G — You see Michael Adams EVER being a No. 2 guy to somebody else?

HugoStiglitz

April 28th, 2010
3:50 pm

Ill believe it when I see it. Unfortunately college football is all about money and not about logic or fairness. They are perfectly happy being the only sport that doesnt have a real postseason and I dont think that is going to change anytime soon.

Jeff Schultz

April 28th, 2010
3:50 pm

Ted Striker — Good strategy.

Jeff Schultz

April 28th, 2010
3:55 pm

PMC — follow the money.

PMC

April 28th, 2010
4:03 pm

Well played Shultz….

East Cobb Hokie

April 28th, 2010
4:29 pm

NCAA doesn’t have any authority over the BCS, regardless of what this guys agenda may or may not be.

Alphare

April 28th, 2010
4:43 pm

OK, playoff is good. Let’s forget about all other formula. First let’s organize 8 conferences. and each conference has a conference championship game.

The playoff will be played among conference champions. This way, SEC fans can really brag they are the best, and Pac-10 or whatever will be totally exposed.

Otto

April 28th, 2010
4:49 pm

East Cobb Hokie, Agreed and if he wants a playoff lets hope it stays that way.

Otto

April 28th, 2010
4:50 pm

Alphare, why so ratings can drop and we can watch meaningless games in the hopes that the media gets some cinderalla.

Alphare

April 28th, 2010
5:04 pm

Otto, what’s your favorite playoff formula, or you don’t like the playoff idea at all?

Misty

April 28th, 2010
5:13 pm

Surely no one actually thought the NCAA would hire UGA’s Michael Adams when UGA can hardly keep enough players out of jail to field a team.

Sorry, Adams, you have a slight glaring problem, don’t you?

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 28th, 2010
5:14 pm

“The best man of character I ever met became the Preident of the US” said Ted Kennedy. He said that about Jimmy Carter. He later stated that the Office and all the people pulling on him allowed him to make bad desisions. Sounds like the new NCAA president. Just give the SEC time and they will buy what they want! This guy will become the SEC’s HAND UP HIS BUTT PUPPET all the other NCAA Presidents became. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

82Dawg

April 28th, 2010
5:17 pm

Misty your an idiot….what does Adams have to do with keeping people out of jail?

Otto

April 28th, 2010
5:20 pm

Alphare, Don’t like it at all. I like the best regular season in all of sports.

If I did go playoff top 6 using the current BCS formula with top 2 getting a 1st round bye. Yes I know it will never happen.

Tony Barnhart has posted articles outlining who gets lift out in a +1 in past years and a top 8 will include BCS conf champs and 2 at large bids…boring.

Tim

April 28th, 2010
5:31 pm

Jeff…. Respectfully, Michael Admas has been a Number Two guy to Regent Don Leebern. Hopefully, the new Georgia Governor will remove Leebern as a regent and Adams as UGA’s president. Then maybe the many fences they’ve scorched at UGA can be mended.

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April 28th, 2010
5:55 pm

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jumbeauxtiger

April 28th, 2010
6:02 pm

Emmert is a no-nonsense guy and a great choice. He recognizes how important sports, especially college football, are. He had a big part in Saban being hired at LSU.

It would not surprise me at all if he tried to gain support for a playoff.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

thunderbull56

April 28th, 2010
6:22 pm

Playoffs? Plaoyoffs? What’s in your Kool Aid Dude? In case you, of all people has not noticed, it’s all about the money.When they decide there’s more money, then, WHAM, it’ll come to pass.I’ll add respectfully too, before you also moderate me.

Charlie Bama

April 28th, 2010
6:34 pm

A playoff system in college football would extend the ’season’ all the way up to the spring intra-squad games. Is that wise? Will winning program players even have time to be arrested during the off season? Sheesh! — Give it a rest, people. Otherwise, five years from now we’ll be debated the wisdom of a 16-team playoff versus an 8-team spectacle, and nobody will show up for any of the September games–the same way nobody (I mean NOBODY) pays attention to the NBA until playoff time. You know it’s true.

Tide Rising

April 28th, 2010
6:38 pm

Jeff,

Any hint or clue as to what type of playoff he would strive for? A plus one? 4 or 8 team playoff?

Jeff Schultz

April 28th, 2010
8:00 pm

Tide Rising — Nope. But my opinion is 4 or 8 team is far more realistic than 16.

jadams

April 28th, 2010
8:23 pm

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 28th, 2010
10:21 pm

UGA wants a playoff if they can play Idaho St., Vandy, Miss St., or Ga. State in the first 2 rounds.

Not Vince Dooley

April 28th, 2010
10:22 pm

One thing that anyone associated with UGA can agree on is an intense dislike for Mike Adams. Anything positive that is written about him has been generated by one of his well-paid lackeys. There is no question that Adams had his eye on the NCAA job and its two million a year pay check. Mikey would have wrecked the NCAA in the same way he wrecked UGA–running off long time administrators and replacing them with toadies and fleecing the UGA Foundation, among other things. Hopefully a new governor will send Mikey packing and de-politicize the Board of Regents. Adams may not have been considered for the NCAA post and started that rumor himself. He claimed to have been offered the presidency of Ohio State and used that to bilk more money out of the Foundation. Adams was one of six finalists for the OSU job but lost out in the final selection. Anyway, the NCAA is better off without Adams, and UGA will be better off when he takes his $500,000 desk and leaves town.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 28th, 2010
10:27 pm

MLB cut 40 games, NBA cut 30 games, NHL cut 90 games(who Cares), NFL cut the spring/pre-E-jack-ME-lation games an end in JANUARY. College Football make all leagues have a Championship game and fewer CRAPY BOWLS to waste MY MONEY and TIME ON. NCAA National Championship settled on JAN.1.

James T. Kirk

April 29th, 2010
12:45 pm

The SEC would crumble under a playoff format. The ACC would rise to the top. The SEC would never allow a playoff system since it would expose their overrated, overhyped joke of a conference.

Seriously Envious Conference is a pathetic.

Stinger

April 29th, 2010
1:16 pm

can two men marry one another in Georgia? Just curious

simms

April 29th, 2010
1:57 pm

Tech will never lose another football game again. Book it!!

RamblinWrecker

April 29th, 2010
3:03 pm

I feel kinda funny in my pants…..

4 teams

April 29th, 2010
7:11 pm

4 teams is all they need. First round at the higher ranked team’s home field, final at the bowl site.

Bulldog59

April 30th, 2010
6:57 am

The fans want it, the sport actually NEEDS it, but it’s all about the money so it won’t happen in our lifetime.

There are articles on this very site in the last week talking about teams with 5-7 records getting bowl bids next season. Why? Money.

Unless they can find a way to keep or increase the current bowl revenues, and NOT significantly increase the number of games, we are simply blowin’ smoke. NCAA Football is like the CIA, you don’t really know how strong they are or how far they can reach.

4 conferences of 16 teams, each has a divisional playoff, followed by a conference championship. There is your Final Four. That is a start, but even that has too many critics.

RambleOn84

April 30th, 2010
1:47 pm

If we truly look at him like a politician, then ignore everything he said during “campaigning” (before he was appointed)…when’s the last time a politician kept a promise he made?

Chris S

May 1st, 2010
11:30 am

Let’s pray he doesn’t focus on a playoff system for football so we can avoid the complete joke the NCAA Basketball tourney has become. Anyone who wants a football playoff should just look at this year’s tourney, in which the two best teams in the country didn’t even make it to the Final Four.

Kane337

May 1st, 2010
12:09 pm

I hope there is a college football playoff at some point in my lifetime.