The American Football Coaches Association polled all 120 Division-1 head coaches and found that an overwhelming 73% of them want to keep the current BCS system exactly as it is. You'd think there'd be some logical explanation for this. And you'd certainly think that schools like TCU and Boise State, which got hosed by the BCS this year, would want to impliment a playoff.â†µ
Of course, you'd be wrong on both counts. Behold: Stockholm syndrome:
TCU coach Gary Patterson and Boise State coach Chris Petersen are also in favor of the BCS, even though their teams finished the regular-season undefeated and got left out of the national championship game in favor of Texas and Alabama.â†µ
"The biggest thing as far as TCU or Boise State or Utah, what's to say that if you went to a playoff it would be any easier for us?" [TCU coach Gary] Patterson said. "The other thing I brought up is injury. Say you've got a guy who has a chance to be a first-round draft choice like Colt McCoy. What happens if those guys have a chance to make millions of dollars? Well, I helped you get to 12-0, but I'm going to bow out of this playoff because I have to think of my future. What's going to be the answer to that one?"â†µ
1. What wouldn't be any easier in a playoff system? Finishing the season ranked sixth, never having been given a shot at playing for a title?â†µ
2. The implication here is that star players would sit out the playoffs, which is ridiculous, especially given that star players don't sit out their postseason games currently. Plus, McCoy was hurt in a BCS game, which means the likelihood of injury in a BCS game is equal to that of a playoff game, because both are football and injuries happen. Related: The risk of injury in a regular season game against [insert directional school] is also the same.â†µ
3. Why am I trying to debate with insanity?â†µ
4. Wait, there is an explanation: money. The BCS brings in the cash, which means more money for the school, which means more money for the coach. That's why they do this, right? For the paperstacks. And the kids, of course. Don't forget the kids.