College Football Playoff: Keeping NCAA's Hands out of System Is a Smart Move

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterJune 27, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 10:  Bill Hancock the executive director of the Bowl Championship Series and Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide hold The Coaches' Trophy which signifies the national champion after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game during a press conference on January 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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With all of the playoff talk and things like host cities, payouts and death of the BCS being so perfectly popular there is one thing we're not hearing: NCAA. The NCAA still has a little bit of work to do in helping this postseason come to fruition, as the folks at Athletics Scholarships remind us:

Eventually, college football will need to have its playoff approved by the NCAA. Two small rule changes need to be made. First, the playoff will need to be added to the list of games that teams can play past the end of the regular season. Second, the playoff will need to be added as an exemption to the maximum number of games a team can play in a season.

That's not a tremendous hurdle as the governing body will likely approve this measure to allow big college football to have the playoff it has needed for so long, according to everyone. The approval and possible imposition of academic standards is about as close to having their hands in the FBS four-team playoff as the NCAA will get. 

For some people, that just is not enough. There is this light clamoring for the NCAA to run the playoff from a small sect, rooted in the fact that every other sport allows the governing body to control their postseason.

Obviously, the NCAA tournament is a cash cow that funds plenty of what the group in Indianapolis wants to get done. This college football "Final Four" of sorts could translate into higher ratings and plenty of cash as well.

No one is even entertaining the idea at the highest level. Since, well, almost forever, the college football postseason has been run by college football itself in conjunction with the bowls, with light NCAA regulation. More notably, since the landmark 1984 NCAA vs Board of Regents of Univ. of Oklahoma on television right, college football has held their television destiny in their own hands.

With an estimated $5 billion windfall about to be pumped into the sport according to the Sporting News, now is not the time to even entertain the idea of relinquishing control. By controlling the televisions rights to the playoff the FBS division controls the cash—something they cannot say about the NCAA basketball tournament they participate it.

That means the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, ACC, Big East, MAC, MWC, Sun Belt, Conference USA and WAC (for now) keep all of the money. They decide how it trickles down, but more importantly they stop where it actually trickles down to. They are not subsidizing other divisions or other playoffs; rather, by controlling their cash they are merely subsidizing their sports and their subdivision universities.

We've already seen the big conferences show little interest in splitting the pie, even with their current FBS counterparts. The idea of splitting that pie more to fund events and programs that are even further removed from them just won't fly.

Keep that cash, if they are looking for a few extra ways to spend that extra money I know there are some athletes with scholarship gaps that would like to have the full-cost stipend made a reality.