Thursday, August 2, 2012
3-point stance: 'Demise' of bowl system?
By Ivan Maisel
1. Former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, speaking to Mark Blaudschun at AJerseyGuy.com, is a lonely voice. But college football had better listen. “I think a playoff is going to mean the demise of the bowl system,” Tranghese said. He also thinks the pressure to go from four teams to eight will be immense. “It’s going to be if you get in the playoff -- great. If you don’t, it’s who cares," he said. "If you look at mid-level football programs, which have virtually no chance of getting into a playoff, what do they play for? And if they don’t have something to play for, I worry about the interest in the sport.”
2. At Big East media day on Tuesday, South Florida coach Skip Holtz referred to senior quarterback B.J. Daniels having arrived in 2002. It only seems that way. The fifth-year senior took over as starting quarterback in the third game of 2009. Daniels marvels at the freshmen who arrived at USF this summer. “They’re still wearing their high school cleats to our practice fields,” Daniels said, “and we are like, ‘C’mon, man. Did we used to do that?’ And we did. It’s funny. It’s surreal to finally be on the other end of it.”
3. Temple’s 15,000-square-foot addition to its weight room opened in July. The Owl seniors, who remember how far Temple has come, treat that building as if they are first-time homeowners. “When we walked in,” senior offensive tackle Martin Wallace said, “everybody’s phone came out. We were taking pictures, and everybody was like, ‘Wow! This is awesome!’ There’s stuff in there we don’t even know how to use. Walking into Yankee Stadium for the first time was the same kind of thing.”