As conference commissioners and Notre Dame‘s athletic director continue their clandestine meetings throughout the summer, college football‘s four-team playoff is starting to take shape. And it doesn’t seem likely to include campus semifinal games.
That’s courtesy of Michigan State’s athletic director Mark Hollis and a conclusion that seemed inevitable. Like everything else related to college football, money is the sole driving force behind this playoff and bidding the semifinals out accumulates more of it. The possibility remains where the current BCS bowls (Rose, Sugar, Orange Fiesta) would host those Final Four matchups and as the NFL does with the Super Bowl, cities would vie for the championship annually. It’s an intriguing image to wonder how a southern team might handle the wintery elements of a Big Ten stadium in late December but then one remembers how freakish defensive linemen can sack opposing quarterbacks in any climate.
Phil Fulmer, the former Tennessee head coach, hasn’t been quiet in recent years about wanting another chance to roam a sideline. He’s also maintained that only the right opportunity could coax him off his couch.
The Razorbacks job, with a top ten squad and senior quarterback available, apparently caught his eye. Fulmer’s 61 though and hasn’t coached since 2008. He’d have been a decent stop gap for Arkansas but I’m not sure he’d have accepted the same interim salary ($850,000) as John L. Smith without assurances of a permanent stay. Volunteer fans are surely tiring of the Derek Dooley tenure and ‘ole Phil may get another shot at landing in Knoxville should Tennessee fail to win eight games. The more likely scenario is Fulmer’s coaching career is over and even if he’s still bitter about his exit, no one can take the Tee Martin experience away from him.
The College Football Hall of Fame announced its 2012 inductees and just like every year, it generated much backlash. The kind of backlash that won’t happen again for another 365 days while people return to their indifference toward the Hall. If Tommie Frazier gets in one of these years, it might provoke an all-out Susan Lucci response.
Ty Issac, a running back from Illinois, committed to USC and gives Lane Kiffin a bigger threat out of the backfield in the LenDale White mold. Issac, who chose the Trojans over offers from Michigan, Notre Dame and a who’s who of others, is ranked sixth nationally at his position by 247Sports and the sixty-ninth prospect overall. He gained over 2,600 yards as a junior and scored 42 rushing touchdowns. As Brady Hoke has seemingly reeled in nearly all of his targets in the 2013 cycle thus far, it’s a bit surprising Kiffin was able to lure the talented runner to Los Angeles.
Realignment doesn’t change on a daily basis so to the dismay of its addictive followers, Florida State is still a member of the ACC. Texas keeps telling anyone who will listen that they like ten teams in the Big 12. Louisville would crawl to Dallas for an invite. Miami is too busy dealing with their looming sanctions and academic superiority to care. Until the college football playoff has been finalized, there’s probably little to no official movement but be sure, back channels and secretive liaisons are already occurring.