Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has an idea for a football playoff championship. But the BCS' big boss man, Kansas City's Bill Hancock is quickly pooh-poohing the idea.
Cuban told reporters Wednesday that he's "actively interested but in the exploratory stage" of bankrolling a 12- or 16-team playoff to replace the BCS -- and he's throwing around a $500 million figure.
"The only thing that's kept them from doing it is a lack of capital," Cuban said, "which I can deal with."
But the BCS isn't about to get shut out of the money game. Hancock sent an e-mail to the Associated Press saying that he doubts money could bring about a football playoff.
"Given how much support our current system has among university
presidents, athletics directors, coaches and athletes, I don't think any
amount of financial inducement will make people abandon" the BCS.
Hancock added: "College football is so popular today, because we have a
great regular season and because we have an important bowl tradition
that provides a meaningful experience for the students and fans -- all
of which would be at risk if this concept were implemented."
Uh, I beg to differ. College football is all about the money. Look at the summer of realignment. The Big 12 was nearly destroyed -- all because of money. As much as I want to believe that it's about the competition, it's not.
If Hancock crapping on the idea wasn't enough, Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott was ready to pop-a-squat.
"... the fact is that college football has never been more popular in
its current format, and it's a mistake to assume the impediment to a
playoff is money," Scott wrote in an e-mail. "We could get a lot more
money tomorrow from lots of folks by moving to an expansive playoff;
this is about a broader set of priorities benefiting schools and
You can bet if Scott is in, so are the other powerbrokers in the five other major conferences. Still, Cuban could be the catalyst for change that college football needs.