College Football Playoffs: Pac-12 Commissioner Meeting With Student-Athletes To Discuss Playoff System

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has met with players from the USC Trojans and Stanford Cardinal, and plans to meet with players for the Utah Utes, to get their input and feedback on various proposals geared towards overhauling college football's postseason, Stewart Mandel of SI.com reported.

Three of the players Scott met with on Thursday included Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and offensive linemen David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin — three players projected to hear their names called in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

"It's interesting for us to be able to give our opinion as student-athletes, or former student-athletes," said Luck. "We talked about how bowl games affect everything from our classes to finals, how much it takes our family to travel, the plusses and merits in our mind. And also what we thought of a playoff."

Luck has the unique perspective of being the son of Oliver Luck, the athletic director for the West Virginia Mountaineers. The two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up and three-time member of the Pac-10/Pac-12 All-Academic Team prefers a playoff system that doesn't interfere with academics.

"One thing I don't think he (Scott) had heard before was the bowl games going into second semester of schools," said Luck. "Guys had missed school for a week, week and a half. As a quarterback, I was always a little frustrated about having a month off between games. You definitely lose a little rhythm with your receivers.

"As a competitor, who wouldn't want a playoff? Who wouldn't want a chance to be the best and settle it all on the field?" he said. "If that can be done in a way to keep the historic bowls happy, to keep the academic integrity of a student-athlete, that'd be awesome. But if it cant, hopefully there's a good alternative."


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