BCS "proposes" a four team playoff for 2014 season
Published: Thursday, 26 April 2012 14:33
As the fine folks of ESPN, SI, CBS Sports, etc...are breaking, the BCS people have decided that they will propose to the conferences that the right path forward is the four team playoff. Details have not been flushed out; but here is their statement.
“As part of our deliberations, we have carefully considered a number of concepts concerning the post-season structure for the BCS. From the start, we set out to protect college football’s unique regular season which we see as the best regular season in sports. We are also mindful of the bowl tradition and seek to create a structure that continues to reward student-athletes with meaningful bowl appearances.
“Having carefully reviewed calendars and schedules, we believe that either an 8-team or a 16-team playoff would diminish the regular season and harm the bowls. College football’s regular season is too important to diminish and we do not believe it’s in the best interest of student-athletes, fans, or alumni to harm the regular season.
“Accordingly, as we proceed to review our options for improving the post-season, we have taken off the table both an 8-team and a 16-team playoff.
“We will continue to meet and review the exact structure for what a new post-season could look like. We are making substantial progress. We will present to our conferences a very small number of four-team options, each of which could be carried out in a number of ways.
“We have discussed in detail the advantages and disadvantages of in-bowl or out-of-bowl games. We have discussed in detail the advantages and disadvantages of campus sites or neutral sites. We have discussed in detail the advantages and disadvantages of various ways to rank or qualify teams.
“Our process is proceeding as we have planned and we look forward to further conversations.”
Ole Miss is doing a new series entitled "Rebel Life" highlighting the Ole Miss program under Hugh Freeze. The second installment of the series focuses on the weight room and the strength and conditioning staff.
As a few of the players explain, the mindset of the team has been changed and bumped up a notch since the arrival of head strength coach Paul Jackson and assistant John Thompson.
Coach Freeze and the staff have also stressed the importance of accountability to the team and stressed the belief that if one of them succeeds, they all succeed, and if one messes up, they all mess up. In order to demonstrate this, the team was split into groups of ten this off season and if one player isn't meeting expectations, the whole group is punished, but on the same token, if someone is doing exceptionally well, the staff makes a point to recognize that in front of their teammates.
The staff has also organized a morning training table starting at 6:30 am equipped with an impressive breakfast buffet to make sure that they are starting their days off on the right foot.
"Everything we're doing is to make them better football players" Jackson explained. "We will produce the fastest, most explosive team in the conference, there's no doubt about it."
Originally, the plan was to build an open air stadium and keep the Georgia Dome around for other events such as concerts, SEC championship games, and Final Fours. Building the retractable roof stadium would eliminate the need for that, and possibly lead to the demolition of the Dome.
The planned cost for a new retractable roof stadium is about $947.7 million, with $300 million of that coming from the public sector. Adding a retractable roof to the Georgia Dome was not an option, after a study found that it would cost over $859 million and the new seating capacity would fall short of the minimum requirements of the Falcons organization.
The Georgia Dome is relatively young, opening only 20 years ago, but lacks some of the premium seating options that other NFL venues offer that bring in a substantial amount of money.
“One of the concerns we had with a retractable-roof solution was cost. We have come to understand that to make a deal that is in the best interests of all the stakeholders, that is the best alternative for a 30-year solution. We understand that ups the cost." Falcons President Rich McKay said.
As long as a deal can be reached, construction will begin in 2014 and would be ready for play in 2017.
The idea of tearing down a fully functioning 20 year old stadium and spending $1 billion to build a slightly nicer one seems absolutely insane to us; but maybe that's just the world we live in today.
At FootballScoop we strongly believe in capitalism. If there is a business case for this and someone (presumably Arthur Blank) wants to pony up the funding, then have at it. If not, then this sure seems odd.