SEC commissioner Mike Slive had a word with the Memphis Commercial Appeal over the weekend, clarifying his position on the coming changes to college football's postseason. The Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12 have sort of tentatively (rock solid!) agreed on a four-team playoff model as one worth pursuing for the time being, but the SEC hasn't made its position all that clear, other than expressing concerns about the popular proposal.
From the Commercial Appeal:
"I never use the 'P' word, because I'm not a playoff guy. I've always felt a plus-one wasn't going to a playoff, because it could be done in the structure. I don't favor an NFL-style playoff with eight or 16 teams.
"I still think it's important to protect the regular season and the bowls. The college football regular season is the best regular season in sports. We have some concerns about the dates of postseason games, that they need to be played more in the traditional bowl season calendar.
A plus-one is a playoff, whether it's called that or not. It's a very, very small one, and one that will get people even more worked up for a multi-round tournament. It's a playoff with a really, really broad opening round.
Slive says the SEC is also in talks with its TV partners after adding Missouri and Texas A&M, working to strengthen its bowl tie-ins, and sending the conference basketball tournament to St. Louis. But is the matter of adding teams to the football schedule without ending annual rivalries still being discussed? Why, it still is!