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New NCAA President Willing to Allow College Football Playoff

The NCAA hasn't exactly been portrayed in a positive light recently. With scandals piling up like pre-orders for Black Swan blue-rays, a lot of people have been critical of the organization's handling of these issues. Mark Emmert has been the president of the NCAA for almost half a year and just came out yesterday and said he would entertain the idea of a playoff if the head of the FBS universities agree to the change when the BCS contract runs out in 2014. Though he, like a politician, immediately backpedaled and commented on the value of the current system. This is still interesting because the usual response to public criticism of the current system is "a playoff will never happen." Could this be a cheap ploy to shed some of the negative press the NCAA has been receiving as of late? Not sure if that could be said to be true. Since when has the NCAA ever gave a damn about what people thought about them?

To me this move basically puts the ball in the universities' court, deflecting the masses' attention on them rather than the NCAA. I'm not an expert on all of the ins and outs of what goes into the bowl games and how it impacts the universities. There is obviously a lot of money at stake being paid out by the bowls but there are also TV deals, recruiting and a ton of factors that go into such a dramatic change in the cash cow of college sports. It's interesting to see what's going to happen next. What do you think? Do you like the current system where every game is a playoff game with high importance or is the only way to pick a true champion is to have a true playoff? Is there too much money for universities to risk endorsing a playoff?