Keep ex-coaches away from BCS playoffs
June, 7, 2012
By DJ Gallo | ESPN.com
Marc Serota/Getty ImagesBobby Bowden wants to select BCS playoff teams. He also resembles Sheriff Buford T. Justice.Another week has passed without any agreement on the specifics for the college football playoff we’re supposedly getting. We’ve been here before.
The latest idea comes from former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden. He wants to be part of a panel of former coaches who are tasked with selecting the playoff participants.
"This Legends group is about as real a group as you can have," Bowden said. "I voted for years as an active coach. But what you're really doing then is putting yourself and your conference in position. I used to have an idea of what was going on around me. But now I really have an idea of what's going on around the country. When we're retired, we all have a better view."
No. No, no, no, no, no. This is a terrible idea for three reasons. Well, more than three reasons. But three main reasons.
1. Coaches, current or former, should not have any role in selecting the playoff participants.
The coaches poll is infamous for being a sham. Coaches openly vote for the interests of their team and conference. They even admit to being clueless of any team not on their schedule. Many have graduate assistants vote for them.
“Oh, but now our voting won’t be a complete joke – we promise!” is not a reason to hand them even more control. You don’t make a convicted felon the prison warden just because he promises to be good.
2. West Coast teams would get completely screwed.
Here are the names and ages of the people that would be on Bowden’s panel:
R.C. Slocum: 67
John Cooper: 74
LaVell Edwards: 81
Vince Dooley: 79
Not a single one of those people would be awake to see any of the West Coast teams play night games. Not one. And don’t call this ageism. It’s observation. And envy. Old people have earned the right to fall asleep whenever and wherever they damn well please. It just happens to always be before kickoff in a Pac-12 or Mountain West night game.
3. There is a reason all of these coaches are former coaches.
The game passed them by. In fact, Bowden is the only one who has coached a college football team more recently than 2002. They shouldn’t be impacting college football in 2012. Unless you think putting Dennis Erickson on the panel starting in 2022 sounds like a good idea. Show of hands?
Letting a computer determine the college football champion was a terrible idea. Let’s not go too far in the other direction and give all the power to people who were born before computers.