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.
Bill Hancock has been named executive director of new college fball playoff. Nicest man in the world, and clearly a glutton for punishment.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 14, 2012
(*Not officially, but you get the point)