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DeLoss Dodds wants committee, separate sites for playoff

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One more fact is all but secure when it comes to a college football playoff: the two semifinal games and championship will not be held on campus.

Beyond that, how the teams are selected and where the games will be played — meaning either neutral or bowl sites — remain rather large question marks.

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds says he has the answers. Frankly, they’re pretty good too.

Speaking with Kirk Bohls of the Austin-American Statesman, Dodds says he favors a selection committee of about “seven or nine” panelists (to avoid a tie) with strong football backgrounds. They could be former coaches, ADs, commissioners, etc.

Dodds also thinks the “entity needs to be separate” when placing the final four teams. “It needs to be their own bowls, their own TV, their own sponsors. Those four selected would not play in the bowls. And I’d have ‘em bid it out to cities and stadiums for the three games, and I favor neutral sites for the games because using the campuses (as host sites, at least for the two semifinal games) would be too much of an advantage.”

Take the payout/money issue out of the equation for a minute. Whether major college football has a four-team playoff or eventually an eight-team playoff — the number doesn’t really matter — the point is that it is co-existing with the bowls. In other words, the sole purpose is to determine a national champion on the field.

With that in mind, make the event as separate from the bowls as possible, from selection to sites.

The current national champion is decided by a bunch of arbitrary computer formulas and irrelevant polls that punish teams not just for losing, but for when they lose. A committee similar (only smaller) to the one selecting the NCAA men’s basketball tournament would be much more inclined to reward, say, Oregon for their early-season game against LSU (not to mention winning the Pac-12) over Stanford, which didn’t play a top 25 team for the first six weeks of the season yet finished ahead of the Ducks at the end of the regular season.

If the goal is to select the four best teams — I just don’t see a conference champion-only playoff happening — then have a group that’s not only dedicated to that selection process, but has to be held accountable as well. Right now, there’s zero accountability in the BCS.

Secondly, I’ve made it clear before I favor semifinal games on campus, but neutral sites have the potential to sell out as well. College football’s power brokers obviously don’t care if fans travel or not as long as the dollar signs keep rolling in through sponsorships and TV revenue. And don’t think for an instance a semifinal/championship game at a neutral site won’t get both.

That said, it appears Dodds is in the minority on the latter issue.

That’s okay. There’s still time to decide.

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7 Responses to “DeLoss Dodds wants committee, separate sites for playoff”
  1. thefiesty1 says: May 15, 2012 11:36 PM

    Very confusing. Why is DeLoss involved in the conversation anyway? Where is the new Big 12 commissioner? Use the bowls for the playoffs -everybody wins except the losers of the playoffs.

  2. aglawman says: May 15, 2012 11:49 PM

    Dodds is a longtime blowhard with little mental firepower – he’s a product of being in the right place when a wealthy school needed an AD. He’s wielded his power at tu to the detriment of the Big 12-2-2+whatever.

    That anyone but the BongHorn nation cares what he mumbles is shocking.

  3. burntorangehorn says: May 16, 2012 1:17 AM

    fiesty, why are you asking why he’s in the conversation? If you were to bother to actually read, you would notice that he was just being interviewed by Bohls with the AAS. Did you really miss that?

    aglawman, you’re deluded. He’s been at Texas for 30yrs. and has turned the athletics program into far and away the most profitable in the entire nation, bar none. If you need a basis for comparison, UT’s profits in 2010 (their worst year for football since about 1956, IIRC) were over $25.52 million, which is well over eight times the $2.93 million the ags’ figure that year. You think he just fell ass-backwards into this success, and just benefits from having been in the right place at the right time? False. Texas has had an incredible rise under him, becoming the clear-cut most profitable athletic dept. in the nation doesn’t happen despite its AD, but largely because of him.

    Now if you’re going to go for your misguided pseudopopulist message of calling UT a “wealthy school,” I’d like to know what you think is wrong with that. It’s certainly not that they’re just handed that significant wealth advantage by the state; they’ve actually earned it. Despite justifiably higher costs (e.g. higher cost of living and operations in urban Austin), UT took just $6221.63 ($318M/51,112) per student from state appropriations for 2011-2012, compared to the $6237.34 ($311M/49,861) by atm. So in addition to the superior education, the school offers more bang for the buck, despite what your corrupt aggie governor and laughingstock presidential candidate thinks as he machinates the firing of UT president Powers. And the $318M in state appropriations constitute just 14% of the UT budget, while $311M constitutes 24% of atm’s, so UT is also a much more self-sustaining institution.

  4. rsmeans says: May 16, 2012 3:55 AM

    Excellent proposal by Texas AD Dodds, Best one I have seen and fair to everyone.

  5. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: May 16, 2012 10:22 AM

    @ burntorangehorn

    “He’s been at Texas for 30yrs. and has turned the athletics program into far and away the most profitable in the entire nation, bar none.”

    ————————————————–

    Nothing in that statement is true, you’re not even the most profitable athletics department in your own conference. Check out the link below and then come back with some real facts.

    http://jugofsnyder.com/2012/05/05/kansas-state-athletic-department-is-nations-most-profitable/

  6. burntorangehorn says: May 16, 2012 12:12 PM

    cfbfaninbadnfltown says:
    May 16, 2012 10:22 AM
    @ burntorangehorn

    “He’s been at Texas for 30yrs. and has turned the athletics program into far and away the most profitable in the entire nation, bar none.”

    ————————————————–

    Nothing in that statement is true, you’re not even the most profitable athletics department in your own conference. Check out the link below and then come back with some real facts.

    http://jugofsnyder.com/2012/05/05/kansas-state-athletic-department-is-nations-most-profitable/

    ===================================
    Try again, kiddo. That links to an ESPN story and sources this database:

    http://b2.caspio.com/dp.asp?appSession=008292018060414&RecordID=&PageID=2&PrevPageID=2&cpipage=1&CPIsortType=asc&CPIorderby=Athletic_department_operating_ex

    Take a look at media rights revenues. It lists $49,500 for the UT, which is absolutely absurd. You do realize that UT earned far more than $50k in media revenues in 2010-2011, right? Also, note that it incorporates student fees as part of the athletics budget for KSU, whereas it does not include them for Texas. Those ESPN numbers are incomplete at best, and actually just plain wrong.

    If you want to count student fees as profit and count media revenues for KSU but not Texas, you might have an argument, but neither is reality.

  7. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: May 16, 2012 2:28 PM

    @ burntorangehorn

    Wow your counter argument is the numbers are wrong, but you don’t actually have proof other than your own sense of right and wrong. And you tried to end the statement using the phrase “reality” come on dude seriously?

    Answer me one question why are you not on the Supreme Court? The legal system needs sharp, logic based arugments and you are obviously the right person for the job. Don’t have the full records to make a clear direct point just bring up reality and it’s all good.

    Tell you what I’ll spot you the fact that UT spends more on Football than KSU, but still produces an inferior product overall. In a world where 6 wins gets you a bowl bid you missed out in 2010 and KSU went to the Cotton Bowl this year, while UT was busy holding a bowl trophy (Holiday) no one cares about north of Waco. See what I did there I made a point using things called “facts”, those exist in reality.

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