Even as the current system for determining a national champion remains under fire from fans, some in the media and — most importantly — lawmakers, the BcS is still the law of the college football land.
And, if the opinions of Div. 1-A head coaches mean anything, it’ll remain that way.
A survey taken by the American Football Coaches Association polled all 120 Div. 1-A head coaches at the AFCA’s convention this past January regarding the current system. Of the 117 who responded, well, take a look at the group’s release. Suffice to say, change won’t come from a coaching groundswell.
• Ninety-three percent of the 117 FBS head coaches who responded to the survey prefer the traditional bowl system over a playoff.• Eighty-five percent are in favor of the current BCS team selection process.• Thirty percent of the coaches favor some modifications to the BCS system. Of that group, 50 percent prefer the “plus one” model that would result in the addition of a fifth BCS bowl game.• Ninety-five percent of the coaches are in favor of the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy continuing to serve as the BCS National Championship Trophy.
So, in summation, the majority of head coaches are against a playoff. The majority of athletic directors are against a playoff. And, seemingly, the most important people in this whole process from the academic side — university presidents — are against one as well.
And what does that mean? If you’re a playoff fan, you had better become a fan of government intervention in the process because it’s simply not happening without a great deal of arm-twisting at the federal level.
Without that intervention, the BcS — and college football as a whole — will continue to be the embarrassment it is when it comes to crowning a true national champion.