Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Last Wednesday, when speaking about the new College Football Playoff, Alabama head coach Nick Saban told AL.com that he “learned what I feared the most would happen.”...
quote:On Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Friday, Arkansas AD Jeff Long, who is also the College Football Playoff selection committee chairman, told Saban and other coaches to buck up and start living in the real world...
“All the attention, all the interest would be about the four teams in the playoffs, which is exactly what happened, which was great to be a part of.
“But what I was most fearful of is college football is unique. A lot of young men get a lot of positive self gratification from being able to go to a bowl game and that’s always been a special thing. That by having a playoff we would minimize the interest in other bowl games, which I think is sort of what happened and I hate to see that for college football.
“Maybe we need to go one way or the other. Either have bowl games or have playoffs but not try to have both.”
quote:You can listen to Long here.
“Well, I think sometimes coaches, particularly those at the highest level, I’m not sure how aware they are of what’s really going on out there in the real world,” Long said. “You know, bowl games, they keep adding bowl games. And I think the television interest for the games is higher than ever before, so I think that’s not only the College Football Playoff, but as we’ve gone through some of those bowl games. So I’m not sure it’s having that effect.”
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