Bill Hancock, Charles Steger

Bill Hancock named executive director of college football’s new playoff


For the last few years, BCS executive director Bill Hancock has told us time and time again that a playoff just isn’t feasible for major college football (and for a while I believed him). That is, until it became feasible. Like, almost $500 million a year* feasible. Now, Hancock is going to be managing and selling a four-team playoff to the masses.

The BCS’ official website announced Wednesday that Hancock has been named executive director of college football’s new playoff (or as many have called it, the BCS 2.0). So hiring the BCS’ executive director to the same position in the new postseason format would make sense at least on one level.

The other levels? Not as much.

“Bill Hancock is exactly the right leader to guide this exciting and historic transition to the new college football playoff. He shares our commitment to student-athletes, the importance of the regular season, and preserving America’s college football bowl tradition. The Presidents, Commissioners, and all of us who care deeply about this great game are very pleased that Bill will continue to serve,” Charles W. Steger, President of Virginia Tech University and Chairman of the Presidential Oversight Committee, said in an official release.

Yes, there are many things that could be said about the decision [/inserts joke about how Hancock will continue to reject an eight-team playoff all the way up until the moment it happens], but Ralph Russo of the Associated Press sums it up well — and in less than 140 characters.

(*Not officially, but you get the point) 

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.