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Arkansas AD Jeff Long Thinks Saban Needs To Live In Real World
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.”...
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“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.”
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...
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“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.”
You can listen to Long here.
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More than half the teams in NCAA get to go to a bowl. That diminishes the value of a bowl. Cut down that number of bowls and it makes the value of a bowl bid increase. Then there's the silly sponsored names of the bowls....it's a joke. Drop the supply inventory of the bowls and see the demand go up. That is all-
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Bowl games used to mean something. Prestige. Rewards. Too many bowl games dilute that meaning. Corporate names wreck the bowl's place connection. Who knows where a "car quest" or "Allstate" bowl is played (or cares)? But when it was the Liberty or Orange or Cotton or Peach or Sugar Bowl, the game, the name, the site, the prestige and rewards were all widely known.
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I don't think the bowl game numbers should be dropped I love having a ton of bowl games. Even if it is 2 small schools who most people haven't heard of it's still football and during the offseason like right now i wish there were games like the "Famous Idaho Potato bowl" or the "Camellia Bowl".
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Can't think of anyone who follows college football who would disagree with what Saban said. The current bowl system is just a money making system for those putting on the bowls and networks filling air time. Does Long believe people are dumb?
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