2011 World Congress of Sports

Former CBS Sports prez proposed eight-team playoff to NCAA


While the BCS committee marches toward a July deadline on figuring out what the heck they’re going to do about this mess we call college football’s postseason, we are reminded yet again that this all could have been avoided years ago.

Appearing on the Paul Finebaum Network today, former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson said that in 1992, CBS went to the NCAA with the idea of an eight-team playoff. But with the current BCS set up being what it is, Pilson admitted that a four-team playoff — or, a plus-one; six of one, half-dozen of the other — starting on New Years Dy that would somehow incorporate the bowl system is the more likely alternative.

The Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC have recently admitted their ears were open to listen to playoff ideas, although to say there’s still a disagreement in format is quite an understatement. Couple that with the fear of “playoff creep” — the idea that a four-team playoff would give way to eight teams and to 16 teams and to 32 and to 240 –and the BCS committee is pursuing postseason change as though they’re surrounded by a pack of sleeping lions and a single objection would wake them.

We reference Bryan Fischer‘s CBS report about a NCAA-sponsored playoff  a lot on here, but there’s a reason. Such a format could generate up to a “billion dollars a year into the organization’s coffers to pay for everything from recommended books to grocery money to student-athlete cell phone bills.”

Just imagine what that number could be now if a playoff was started two decades ago.

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

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Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

Dabo Swinney
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Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.