Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Surprised? SEC Commish Mike Slive opposes conference champs only rule

Via @Jonsol on Twitter.
Slive currently opposes only conference champions in football playoff and considers campus sites
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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said Tuesday he currently opposes seeding only conference champions in a four-team college football playoff and believes campus sites for the semifinals carry advantages and disadvantages.

"I'm willing to have a conversation about (only conference champions), but if you were going to ask me today, that would not be the way I want to go," Slive said. "It really is early in the discussions, notwithstanding what some commissioners say publicly. There's still a lot of information that needs to be generated."
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Going way out on a limb here: The idea of limiting a four team playoff bracket to conference champions is now dead. Even former SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer has backtracked on his original statements favoring such an arbitrary standard, telling Paul Finebaum that he was only "throwing it out there" and explaining that he's also in favor of having three conference champions plus a "wild card." That idea flies about as high as the conference champions rule because not only are you arbitrarily selecting three conference champions instead of four, you're also arbitrarily selecting a wild card.

Good luck, y'all.

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