Mike Leach Still Wants Crazy 64-Team Playoff



The best website name ever? Besides "http://doihaveswineflu.org/"? Bitterlawyer.com, a website with more reason to complain than ever thanks to the success of law school graduate and Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, who unlike most of the readers of bitterlawyer.com has no hearings to attend, no depositions to take, and no judges to kiss up to in his extremely high-paying job as a successful football coach. (Bitter lawyers, cry into your large paychecks for consolation.)

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The bitterlawyer.com interview has Leach insisting on that wackiest of wacky ideas: not just a college playoff, but a 64 team college playoff.

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This business of a four-team playoff or an eight-team playoff is just stupid. I think you have to cut the regular season to 10 games. Then I think you need to invite a lot of teams (maybe 64) into a playoff, but you’d let the rest of the teams continue in an NIT-type deal so that they could play another six games or so, which they need to fund their programs.
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This is large-scale thinking, a kind of Mortal Kombat death tournament for college football teams. It will also never happen, both because of the six additional games taking the schedule to 16 games, and because of the convoluted revenue streams keeping the Rose Bowl, Big Ten(leven), and Pac-10 walled off from the rest of the college football fiscal universe. It's as practical as suggesting you saw off your arm and replace it with a chainsaw to fight an army of the undead. And just like that idea, when you see a picture of what that actually looks like ... well, as unreal as it seems, it does have a certain grandeur to it.

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It won't happen, but you have to like the thinking, since if you're Mike Leach two feet out on the edge won't do -- you have to get all the way out there to make it count.

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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