Tuesday, January 08, 2008
A university president's focus is: the bowl games??






Gary Tuchman
360 Correspondent




I enjoy all sports, including college football, and like millions of viewers, I watched LSU win the national championship last night with a 38-24 win over Ohio State. But something seemed a bit awry when I looked at the front page of the Atlanta Journal Constitution this morning, and saw that the president of the University of Georgia is calling for an eight-team college football playoff that will extend the season.

I'm not naive; I know that college sports are a critically important part of the college experience -- and college revenues. I also happen to think the idea is intriguing. But is it perhaps more appropriate for the university's president to leave such statements to his athletic director, and focus his public pronouncements more on ways to make a fine academic university even finer? Most college presidents who have gone on the record are against such a proposal. They fear a lengthened season would negatively impact academics at their schools.

Many Georgia Bulldog fans are still upset (and perhaps rightfully so) that their football team was not selected for the Bowl Championship game. But Georgia President Michael Adams told the Journal Constitution that's not the reason he's reached this conclusion. Instead, he says, "The bowl games this year....They ended up with some really screwy games." Should a college president really be publicly concerned about uncompetitive bowl games?

What do you think?
Posted By CNN: 10:35 AM ET
  8 Comments
Gary,
So you are here in Hotlanta where I live huh!? Yeah all the good ones live here...what can I say! LOL

I love all sports also. I hated that the Georgia Bulldogs weren't in a bowl! But everyone can't always be chosen for one. That is the name of the game. Sometimes you win some and sometimes you lose some. Maybe next year!

I do think that it was dumb for Adams to try and push for an extended season. That to me should be left to the athletic director and coach like you said. Adams should be focused on making UGA a great school and very competative academically! But I guess when you make as much money off of the bulldogs as they do then you would push for a longer season to rake in more cash too.

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 11:10 AM ET
First of all:
Cindy: Georgia WON the Sugar Bowl like a week ago, so they DID INDEED get a Bowl. However, LSU beat Tennessee, who BEAT Georgia, so that was a contributing factor in LSU getting to the BCS Bowl. I think this is sour grapes for Georgia-they made it clear that they were mad about not getting the BCS Bowl. Too bad, so sad. As an LSU alum, I love what Tiger athletics bring to my alma mater and I am honored to have a class act like Les Miles as our football coach and the former head of NASA as Chancellor. LSU does not only depend on sports for national recognition-the MBA program at LSU was ranked number 7 by the Wall Street Journal for recruiting. We have strong academic programs and this championship brings even more attention to LSU, which I am grateful for. I am not in favor of an extended season because there is enough time to prove who is the best and I'm sorry it didn't work out for Georgia they way they wanted. But now we know who the best is, right???
GEAUX LSU TIGERS!!!!
Posted By Anonymous Debbie, Denham Springs, LA : 11:30 AM ET
Gary,

I also live in Atlanta and while I'm not a Bulldogs fan, I agree the bowl games were so crappy. Hawaii wasn't cut out to compete with the SEC.

My main complaint is that a lot of teams in the SEC are better than teams in other divisions. They could easily kill some other conference opponents. But they only beat each other up, which effectively eliminates the SEC from dominating the BCS poll.

I'm not sure I agree with extending the season but as a college student I don't think academics would suffer as much as they think.

Thanks a bunch!
Posted By Anonymous Heather : 12:47 PM ET
Gary,

I don't think it is appropriate for a college president to turn the focus of the university to athletics. When I was looking at colleges I stayed away from colleges that I felt focused more on athletics than on academics. The university president should be promoting his school as a place to get a great education and not try to extend an already lengthy football season.
As for the championship game last night, I might live in Ohio, but OSU should never have been in that game.
Posted By Anonymous Kimberly Miller, Hiram, OH : 12:54 PM ET
It continually baffles me that Georgia seems to think it's earned a place in the BCS bowl when it didn't even win the SEC East. That being said, and even though my beloved Tigers trounced Ohio State this year, I do agree that we need a playoff system in order to make NCAA football championships remotely fair. The current bowl system now of pick-and-choose mixed with standings does many schools a disservice. In fact, the only ones I can see who have continually gained anything from this system are the advertisers - as many already know.

The 2007 NCAAF season was one of the most unpredictable I've seen, and always engaging to watch (especially the end - did I mention "Geaux Tigers"?), but I can't help but agree with UGA's President - what would make college football even better would be an actual playoff system.

As to whether or not President Adams should be concerned with bowl games, considering the revenue that football brings to my school, I can understand where he's coming from, though perhaps his timing and choice of venue weren't the most appropriate.
Posted By Anonymous Ashley : 2:20 PM ET
Gary, I love college football, USC,
Ga and LSU being my 3 favorites. I secretly cheer for TN Vols (unless they play Ga) but my son says it a good day for Ga every time TN looses. I think the sports
decisions should be left to the
athletic director and coach with the support of the school president. I know college sports
especially football brings in a lot
of money, my son graduated from a college where football is big and when they have a winning season the school benefits all around so
an extended season is not a bad idea.
Posted By Anonymous Barb-Dalton Ga : 2:59 PM ET
Go Tigers! I attended LSU for a time and couldn't be prouder...sort of!Gary, evidently you haven't lived in the south. Many people there take their college and high school sports very, very seriously. I think it goes beyond the revenue they bring in. As a person with little interest in sports and a huge interest in academics, I have always found this more than amazing.It's just part of southern culture. Live and let live!
Posted By Blogger Barbara in Culver City, CA : 3:22 PM ET
Maybe there should be a playoff system, but this was brought up for one reason: to diminish what LSU accomplished last night and it really ticks me off. I was never more proud of that team (and my alma mater) and Coach Miles. Go to ESPN and listen to James Carville go off on the Rose Bowl and how it's the reason for all this debate and that it's the "focus of all evil." He's right--until a team wipes up USC in the Rose Bowl and until Georgia wins a BCS championship, this kind of jealousy will continue. Hey Georgia: win your conference and then we'll talk.
GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!
And I do agree that this kind of discussion shouldn't be brough up by the President of the University. Doesn't he have anything better to do?
Posted By Anonymous Debbie, Denham Springs, LA : 6:01 PM ET
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